Most of Lake County's Lakes Still Impaired

In an article published in the Lake County News-Sun on February 15, 2017, Sheryl DeVore explains that 75 percent of the county's 90 lakes are classified as impaired due to algae blooms, low oxygen levels, silt deposits, and invasive species. 

DeVore writes:

"Though great strides have been made to address issues such as algae blooms, low oxygen levels, silt deposits and invasive species like carp, the sins of decades ago continue to plague the county's largest bodies of water outside of Lake Michigan...

Over the years, businesses, factories, homeowners, boaters and farmers have deposited treated and untreated sewage, pesticides, fertilizers, and other pollutants, as well as invasive species into the lakes. They've done so either directly or by way of runoff from lawns, farmlands and via boats...

This year, the [Lake County Health Department] is documenting management plans of the county's lakes so people can learn from one another ways to solve problems. The department is starting a program that helps volunteer lake monitors test for toxins in inlets."

This is one example of how fine bubble diffusion can help correct eutrophication and prevent leaching of minerals and nutrients like phosphorus. Fine bubble diffusion can also reduce or eliminate the conditions that propagate harmful algal blooms, cyanobacteria, microcystins, anabaena, etc. These species do not like highly oxygenated water or moving water that fine bubble aeration produces. 

Natural solutions like ADS aeration are needed to help keep our recreational and drinking water safe and clean for today's communities and future generations.