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Grand Lake Restoration Commission reveals data on lake cleanup

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Even though progress has been made, there's still a lot of work to be done - and the group is already looking towards the future with plans to help them reach their goal. Even though progress has been made, there's still a lot of work to be done - and the group is already looking towards the future with plans to help them reach their goal.
Some parts of that plan have been installing treatment trains to help filter water running into the lake, and holding a ban on manure near the lake during winter months. Some parts of that plan have been installing treatment trains to help filter water running into the lake, and holding a ban on manure near the lake during winter months.

The Grand Lake Restoration Commission has been hard at work over the last six years going through with a plan to help clean the waters of Grand Lake St. Marys.  

Some parts of that plan have been installing treatment trains to help filter water running into the lake, and holding a ban on manure near the lake during winter months.  Now the group is able to share their results - with around 20 percent less nitrate and 50 percent less phosphorus in the water, those are numbers that they didn't expect to see so quickly.

"When you have this many years of nutrient loading in a watershed, it's going to take time to drop," said Dr. Stephen Jacquemin, Assoc. Prof. of Biology at Wright State University.  "These sorts of data that were seeing, these sorts of drops, are much quicker than we would’ve guessed over this short amount of time, and we’re talking not very long, less than a decade, it’s pretty remarkable."

Even though progress has been made, there's still a lot of work to be done - and the group is already looking towards the future with plans to help them reach their goal.

"It’s a constant effort looking at manure de-watering technologies, there’s a whole host of different technologies out there, really we just need to get to a point where we find the right one that is most economical for our producers," said Theresa Dirksen, Agriculture Solutions Coordinator.  "There’s a ton of technologies out there, we know they all work and there's data shows they work, the problem is making it cost effective and economical for the farmers."

"We are still experiencing elevated nutrient loads, and that’s a big testament to just how high our nutrients are to begin - with so yes, there’s good news, but we’re not there yet - we’re not even close - we need to keep this momentum and his progress moving forward," said Dr. Jacquemin.

Work on new treatment trains for Beaver Creek and Chickasaw Creek are expected to be finished in the near future, leading to the final goal of installing a treatment train in all tributaries around the lake.

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