PREVENTING WATER POLLUTION
In 2014, Long Lake monitoring was performed by Great Lakes Environmental Center of Traverse City.
This monitoring is undertaken every 3 to 6 years. The report concluded that these long-term water assessments, starting back in 1997, allows any important emerging trends in water quality to become evident, and provides the opportunity for appropriate action to be taken to address any concerns. Phosphorus concentrations are considered low and indicative of excellent water quality. Sampling data indicates that Long Lake would continue to be considered oligotrophic, high quality lake based on total phosphorus in the water. Oligotrophic is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “having a deficiency of plant nutrients that is usually accompanied by an abundance of dissolved oxygen”. “Water quality conditions in Long Lake have potential to be vulnerable to deterioration. It is recommended that Long Lake continue to have a comprehensive outreach and education component regarding nutrient use near the lake shore, as well as continuing efforts for surface water runoff control. These will all help limit the introduction of additional phosphorus (such as using fertilizer containing phosphorus on lakeside lawns) to the lake ecosystem and help preserve the oligotrophic status.”
Here are some ways you can help:
- Do not feed ducks, geese, swans or sea gulls.
- Do not bathe, wash hair or bathe your pets while in the lake.
- Do not clean boats or lift covers with soap or chemicals, and rinse in lake.
- Use necessary precautions to avoid accidental spills of gas or motor oils. Remember: one quart of motor oil can potentially contaminate 250,000 gallons of water.
- Rake leaves away from the lake. Do not burn leaves or have bonfires close to the shoreline. Ashes contain soluble nutrients which quickly leach into the water.
- Do not dump fish cleanings or any refuse into the lakes.
- REMEMBER – DO NOT LITTER!
- Advise children and/or adults to not defecate in the lake.
You Can Help
Since 1921 dedicated citizens comprising the Long Lake Association have significantly contributed to its welfare and preservation.Today, as the watershed’s population continues to swell, life issues like water quality and resource preservation and protection loom even larger. By 2025, Long Lake Township’s population is forecast to grow by 5,200 persons. The result is 1,900 additional housing units and three square miles of added housing area.
That’s why we need you!
Long prized among the state’s cleanest and clearest inland lakes, spring-fed Long Lake’s reputation and continued health has never been more dependent on the efforts of organizations like the nonprofit Long Lake Association and its collaborative partnerships.Citizens are encouraged to become involved by joining us and becoming an active member. Please contact Membership Chairman, Long Lake Association Inc., P.O. Box 257, Interlochen, Michigan 49643 to join.
A spring discussion meeting is held annually on a Saturday in June, and an annual membership meeting is hosted on a Saturday in August. Association newsletters are published before each meeting as reminders.
Won’t you do your part?