Today marked the first full day of application and the lake was busy with many visitors and observers. Over 39,000 gallons of alum was applied to a 90 acre portion of the lake and the project is off to a very smooth start. A group of around 30 people gathered in the afternoon to participate in the Cedar Lake Alum Demonstration Day. The group was able to observe and learn more about the plan and goals for the Cedar Lake restoration project. John Holz (HAB) had the opportunity to provide an onsite lecture on the role phosphorus in lakes, internal loading of phosphorus and benefits of alum in reducing phosphorus concentrations and improving water quality. Tadd Barrow (HAB) provided a thorough description of HAB’s barge and application technology that is required to conduct alum projects in a precise, effective and safe manner. Visitors included Cedar Lake board members, residents of Cedar Lake, nearby Balsam Lake, nearby Long Lake, members of the local media and local/state agency/university staff. The turnout, interest and support of the project was impressive! HAB acknowledges the years of effort by so many people to make this project a reality. HAB feels fortunate to be a part of it. A special thanks to the Project Consultant (Cheryl Clemens of Harmony Environmental) for organizing the event and providing such great information!
Did you miss the demonstration? No problem. Feel free to stop by the boat launch to observe and ask questions.