Devils Lake Selected for EPA National Lakes Assessment
Lincoln City, OR –The Devils Lake Water Improvement District is pleased to announce that Devils Lake has been selected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to participate in their National Lakes Assessment. Starting in Summer 2022, district staff will work collaboratively with the EPA to take measurements of the lake’s overall health and condition, which will contribute to their nationwide report.
Devils Lake was selected as one of 904 lakes in the continental United States to participate in this prestigious study. The EPA randomly selects lakes across the country to help them determine the overall health and water quality of the nation’s lakes. Designed to estimate the percentage of lakes that are in good, fair, or poor condition, the study will serve as a scientific report card on America’s lakes. It will examine ecological, water quality, and recreational indicators, and assess how widespread key stressors (such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and acidification) are across the country.
Josh Brainerd, District Manager, comments on participating in this study. “It is not very often that the EPA calls you with such a good opportunity,” says Brainerd. “We were pleasantly surprised to learn that Devils Lake was selected to be a part of this survey. It is an example of how our Lake’s successes are getting national attention.”
Starting in the summer, EPA field crews will begin sampling and testing Devils Lake for measurements such as the following.
- Temperature, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, chlorophyll a, water clarity, turbidity, and color
- Condition of the habitat along the shoreline
- Zooplankton and phytoplankton—microscopic animals and plants in the water that are animportant part of the food chain
- Aquatic macroinvertebrates—small animals such as insects and snails that are a source offood for fish and birdsDevils Lake Water Improvement District 3788 SE High School Dr #132
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• Microcystin and Cylindrospermopsin—two common types of algal toxin, often associated with algal blooms
Sampling and measurements will go into a report, which will be issued in 2024. Prior to the report being issued, samples will be analyzed in the lab, the data entered into a database and analyzed, and the results will be made public via the NLA website. For more information, and to review previous National Lake Assessments, please go to www.epa.gov.
For more information, please visit DLWID.org or email Lake.Manager@DLWID.org.