Current Lake Projects
In the summer of 2016, after careful consideration, the Fountain lake association Board unanimously chose to hire the services of water biologist Steve McComas of Blue Water Science to assist in maintaining and increasing the overall water quality of the lake.
In the summer of 2016 Steve conducted an onsite inspection and assessment of the overall lake. Steve had also been hired in 2013 to do a similar study on the lake. After that assessment was completed Steve put together a plan of action to increase the overall water clarity of the lake which results in several significant lake health benefits. Those benefits include: clearer water, better native species plant growth, which in turn increases overall wildlife on the lake and also a significant reduction in a late summer toxic algae bloom, which the lake has suffered from in years past.
To achieve these results we have implemented a 3 stage process which is a 3 - 5 year management plan. To cover the expenses of this plan, as an association we are now hosting an annual Fountain Lake Fundraiser in August each year and have already been successful in working with Wright County to attain a 50 / 50 split using grant money allocated for these types of projects. Below is a description of the 3 stage process:
Stage 1 of the Fountain Lake Management Program:
Early Summer 2017- Curly Leaf Pondweed Delineation
Late Summer 2017- Native Plant Delineation along with other exotics (milfoil, etc): The results are back in from the curly leaf pondweed delineation. Since Curly leaf pondweed is not a positive plant species to have in the lake it was very encouraging to see we have minimal growth in Fountain lake at the peak time of year for this plant to bloom (mid June). In late July of 2017 Steve will be back out to conduct a more thorough evaluation of the native plant species that are in the lake at the peak bloom time for those plants as well as to check for additional exotic species of vegetation that are unwanted.
- Additional good native species plant introduction such as Water Celery and various other native plants that will attract more wildlife.
- Buffer zones installed at agricultural field run off sites (specifically near the north west end of the lake and the south west end of the lake)
- A fish barrier installed at the north east end of the lake where the Crow River has potential to flow into the lake in the spring.
- Possible reintroduction of game fish into the lake.
- A lake aeration program funded by the association and possible the county and state.
- A lake weed harvesting program, if needed, to enjoy late summer boating on the lake.