Researchers study Wisconsin’s deepest lake to help preserve ‘an ecological jewel’
[caption id="attachment_17822" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Green Lake. Photo: David Drexler[/caption]
UW-Madison researchers have teamed up with community leaders to analyze Green Lake, Wisconsin's deepest inland lake and a crucial habitat for lake trout and other cold water species.
In 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources designated the lake as "impaired" because it failed to meet water quality standards due to low levels of dissolved oxygen at certain depths, which can happen when increasing amounts of phosphorus, sediment and algae alter the lake's ecology. When oxygen levels fall below a certain point, many native species die out.
This summer, three faculty members specializing in agriculture and water quality are leading an interdisciplinary analysis of the lake and its watershed to better understand what's happening - and to find some possible solutions.
Chris Kucharik, a professor of agronomy and environmental studies and an affiliate of the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, is working with Anita Thompson, a professor of biological systems engineering and incoming chair of the Nelson Institute's Water Resources Management program, and Jake Vander Zanden, a professor of zoology with ...
Monday, August 10th, 2015