Water Quality Improvement Project
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Excessive nutrient inputs to lakes provide aquatic plant and algae dominance, making lakes unsuitable for recreation or viewing enjoyment. Phosphorus is one of the nutrients. When it is discharged into a waterbody, like a lake, it fuels the growth of algae.
Excessive algae growth reduces water clarity, increases oxygen demand in the bottom sediments severely impacting coldwater aquatic habitat, and can, depending on the dominant algae present, pose a human health risk.
In 1991, a comprehensive lake and watershed management plan was proposed for Fenwick Lake under EPA's Clean Lakes Program. The proposal included a two-phased implementation approach to resolve the phosphorus issues in the lake. Implementation plans included monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of the assigned load allocations for phosphorus, as well as other parameters. The second phase was scheduled to begin in December 1998. Based on these plans, EPA approved a total maximum daily load (TMDL) for Fenwick Lake in January 1993.
Despite implementation actions, in 2002 Ecology monitoring determined that goals set by the TMDL were not being achieved. The lake is currently on the 2008 water quality assessment as a category 5 (water cleanup plan required by the Clean Water Act).
Fenwick Lake Total Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load (Ecology publication)
Effectiveness Monitoring for Total Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads in Fenwick and Sawyer Lakes
# of TMDLs: 1
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