Japanese Knotweed is called the Godzilla weed because it is so hard to defeat. This non-native bamboo is creeping its way around Loon Lake’s waterfront, destroying the precious natural habitat. Loon Lake Watershed Improvement Alliance (LLWIA) and Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) have joined in a pilot project designed to halt the progress.
Volunteer have removed dry growth and emerging buds on a large pilot patch at Serenity Cove. The area was than covered with metal mesh and any green material carefully destroyed. The shoots will grow through the ½’ holes and be strangled. This prevents nourishment from getting to the rhizome root system ‘starving’ the plant while killing the shoots. The mesh will need to be in place for a few years to eliminate the plant. Volunteers will monitor, taking pictures and observing the results.
In the past two years, LLWIA volunteers treated a knotweed patch on Loon Lake Wetland Preserve by covering it with heavy mil plastic and tarps. This experiment has had some success but there are issues with degeneration of plastic materials. Results from both forms of remediation will be compared You can help by checking your property for this invasive plant and notifying Alice Publow firstname.lastname@example.org. with any discoveries or questions. Donations made to LLWIA at PO Box 372 Wayland NY 14572 will support projects like this one and others that benefit the Loon Lake environment.
By planting Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor) you can help the health of Loon Lake. These flowers not only add beauty, their root systems remove nutrients, stabilize the shoreline and break up the wave action. They thrive in full sun to partial shade. In the spring, they can be seen growing under the water and are just as happy when the water recedes and leaves them on shore. They will grow among the rocks or on muddy shores. They can be planted up until late summer when the shoreline is exposed.
By donating to Loon Lake Watershed Improvement Alliance’s Blue Flag Fund Raiser, you can support projects that help protect and improve the water quality and natural environment of Loon Lake.
$ 10 Donation per plant or
$ 25 Donation of 3 plants
Contact Alice Publow at 585-213-4011 or email@example.com
Iris and other native plants grown locally and supplied by:
Amanda’s Native Garden in Dansville
This fundraiser will continue throughout the summer 2021.
Once again this year, Alice Publow donates her talents (and paint and items) to create items for an auction with the donations given to the LLWIA to support lake projects.
The items are presented below with some details about the objects and some current bid prices (or suggested donations).
One can bid on any of the options by contacting Alice at 710Alice@gmail.com
Opening bid $ 35, Buy now $70
Fish Bowls, set of two
Opening bid $60, Buy now $90
Loon Lake Painted Tray. 11″ x 17″
Opening bid $75, Buy now $150
What’s in Your Water?
The Loon Lake Water Quality Standing Committee held its first meeting on July 18th. The committee is comprised of six members representative of the Loon Lake Association, The Loon Lake Watershed Improvement Alliance, and two interested lake residents. The goal of the committee is to define strategies to improve water quality in the lake, and thereby influence the conditions for blue green algal blooms.
The committee is focusing on two new strategies as well as the refinement of existing strategies to build healthful lake conditions. For each new project, we would partner with area universities to collect and use significant scientific data.
Submerged Aeration/Oxygenation Pilot Project (Loon Lake/SUNY Programs at Geneseo & Brockport)
A pilot program to slow algae development and remove loose sediment in or near the shoreline is under consideration. One or two demonstration areas, as well as a control area, would be determined by biologists. Aeration systems would be installed at or near the shoreline by a chosen company. Pre and post testing would be conducted by supervised university students in order to determine the success at demonstration sites. Future expansion would depend on results and funding options.
Testing for Internal Loading of Phosphorus
NYS is conducting a study on strategies to slow blue green algae formation in freshwater lakes. One of the research areas is using an alum-type treatment in the deepest water to hinder the rising of accumulated phosphorus-stores that fuel blue green algal blooms. This seems to be promising research. Getting our data in order may be useful for future planning as well as for grant funding that could be available.
A big thanks to the Loon Lake Watershed Alliance and the Loon Lake Association for donating funds to help us get this project off the ground. We are also most grateful to Dr. Sid Bosch, Professor of Biology at SUNY Geneseo and Michael Chislock, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY Brockport for guiding us through the initial stages of this project. So much more to do. Stay tuned.
Loon Lake Water Quality Joint Standing Committee
Committee Update August 7, 2020
Committee Members: Joe Carlson, Alice Publow, Paula Thoma, Joe Harrington, Doris Gross, Maureen Morsch, Bernie Thoma (Facilitator/Grants)
Loon Lake Association and Loon Lake Watershed Improvement Alliance have approved matching funds of $5,000 each for the water quality project. We now have a total budget of $10,000.
Alice Publow has been in touch with the science team.
- Monday, Dr. Michael Chislock (SUNY Brockport) will tour the lake with the doctoral student working on the aeration project.
- Week of 16th, Dr. Sid Bosch (SUNY Geneseo) and Dr. Michael Chislock (SUNY Brockport) will be on site to collect data for the deep lake phosphorus testing (internal loading). Data will be on file for future considerations of deep lake treatments/filtering strategies for algal blooms (HAB’s).
- Paula Thoma consulted with Stephanie June (DEC/CSLAP). She confirmed that although our lake is in the Mesotrophic category (average concerning overall lake health), indicators show that we are experiencing increased BG algae and related toxins in the water column, particularly in late summer and early fall months. She also reviewed the water samples from CSLAP and from Alice Publow (dissolved oxygen). Combined data indicates there is internal loading of phosphorus in the deep waters that contributes to algal blooms (HAB’s), especially in the fall when the water mixes. The state HAB study will be informative for lakes throughout NYS. Although not widely permitted, alum is being discussed in many studies as one remedy for However, the more environmentally sound technique is Phoslock or bentonite clay. This application can be applied in NYS by permit. Google Peach Lake.
Other techniques such as bio mats, biochar and floating plant-like filters are being used for nutrient inflow. Watershed efforts to limit nutrients flowing into the lake (including septic), must be always considered before any whole lake treatment like Phoslock. Aeration/oxygenation is always good to improve the existing conditions.
- Paula and Bernie Thoma were visiting downstate and connected with the lake manager on Wolf Lake. Although the lake is twice the size of our lake, it has many cove areas similar to our coves. They have two solar-powered aeration units installed by Solitude in two different coves. Units have required little maintenance (filter changes) over a 2-3 year period. No significant algal blooms have presented in or near those areas. Noise and size were similar to an air conditioner. They are discussing mobile stations to be moved to alternate locations every two years. They are also looking into harvesting for their weeds. See photos below.
- Joe Carlson is continuing to research various companies in relation to aeration equipment and future proposals.
Wolf Lake Solar-Powered Units (L)battery back-up (R) No battery back-up