Researchers from Iowa State University have started a research project in several lakes in the region, including Five Island Lake in Emmetsburg and Silver Lake at Ayrshire.
The ISU researchers will be installing water quality monitoring equipment in 16 lakes to collect data during the seasons when the lake is not frozen over. The purpose of the study is to allow researchers better insight on what factors lead up to the formation of harmful algal blooms, which are one of the major water quality impairments noted in lakes in Iowa.
As part of he ongoing study, special monitoring equipment is being located beneath the surface of the lakes, and marked with special hazard marker buoys. The public is asked to steer clear of these buoys and not to disturb the buoys. Along with Five Island Lake, the research program equipment and buoys will also be placed in Big Spirit Lake and Center Lake at Spirit Lake, Lower Gar Lake at Milford and Silver Lake at Lake Park.
The research project is being conducted through a cooperative effort with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University.