Another Routine Water Quality Survey For Musselman’s Lake
Dr. Neil Hutchinson, Ph.D.
President, Principal Aquatic Scientist
Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd
On Friday September 13, HESL scientists Richard Nesbitt and Clarke Heitman completed another routine water quality survey for Musselman’s Lake.
As before, they collected 3 sets of water samples:
- a composite of the water column at the east end of the lake
- a composite of the upper water column at the west end of the lake over the deep portion
- a sample from 0.5m above the bottom at the same location at the west end.
They also collected profiles of temperature and oxygen at the east and west ends.
Our Hidden Jewel. Musselman’s Lake.
Photo – Dan Wigmore
At this time of year the lake is still strongly thermally stratified into an upper warm layer and a bottom cooler layer. The stratification will start to weaken with the onset of cooler weather but the bottom waters will remain anoxic until the lake turns over and mixes. We took samples to check for phosphorus in the deep section at the west end of the lake.
HESL expects to visit the lake once more, and prepare a report by the end of October.
We thank Geranium Corporation for their support of this study.
Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. (HESL) has started the Geranium sponsored in depth study of Musselman’s Lake.
HESL scientists have been working with Geranium Corporation on water quality management for over 12 years, and are pleased to be working with them again on Musselman’s Lake. On Thursday July 18th Dr. Neil Hutchinson and Dr. Tammy Karst-Riddoch launched their aluminum boat onto Musselman’s Lake.
Dr. Neil Hutchinson & Dr. Tammy Karst-Riddoch conducting water quality testing on Musselman’s Lake (Photo – Linda Wigmore)
They then loaded their boat with copious amounts of scientific equipment and officially started the research project on Musselman’s Lake. HESL scientists expect to be back on the Lake in another 2 weeks conducting more tests through until the end of September. For their next visit, they will be measuring water quality at two sites on the lake with particular attention to the oxygen and nutrient status of the lake. They will also complete a survey of the aquatic plants (“weeds”) to establish the species that are present and their density. We expect a full report probably in November with recommendations on various courses of action going forward and costs associated with the various courses of action.
We hope to then use this report to raise money from various corporations and government organizations to improve the water quality and hopefully better control the weeds.