Bass and Pomerleau Lakes Alum Treatment
Bass and Pomerleau Lakes in Plymouth couldn't be more different. Bass is a large, heavily used shallow-deep recreational lake surrounded by homes with an active lake association. Pomerleau Lake is a quiet, deep lake mostly surrounded by wetlands and used by only a few knowledgeable anglers. But both lakes are Impaired Waters for excess nutrient concentrations, and both share the same source: phosphorus that is released from the sediments when water on the bottom of the lake becomes low in oxygen. The most common method of reducing this "internal sediment release" is to apply aluminum sulfate - alum - to the lake. The liquid alum slowly filters down to the lake bottom. As it falls, it binds with phosphorus in the water column to form a floc. That floc settles on the bottom and forms a protective barrier between the sediments and the lake, inhibiting the further release of phosphorus. Each of these lakes have received two alum treatments. The first was applied in May 2019 and the second in fall of 2020. Monitoring shows an immediate improvement in water clarity, and a significant reduction in phosphorus release from the sediments. The project also includes treatment of invasive curly-leaf pondweed.
The Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission plans to treat curly-leaf pondweed in Bass Lake in late May 2021.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has granted to the Commission a waiver of the requirement to obtain the signatures of approval of owners of lake-shore property. Instead, the Commission is notifying property owners of the treatment by posting public notice. The treatment is for curly-leaf pondweed which is a non-native plant that grows in the spring and early summer.
Wenck now part of Stantec