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Friday, August 31, 2012

A special message about the lake

Important Candlewick Lake Information

August 31, 2012

Unfortunately the condition of the lake has not significantly improved, therefore the lake will remain closed throughout the holiday weekend Joe Rush, our lake biologist will be returning to the community next week to perform additional testing to determine the toxicity levels of the algae.  Once it is determined that the lake is safe for recreational usage, the lake will be re-opened.  Rest assured, Joe Rush, the Lake Management Commission, the Board of Directors and Management are all working together in an attempt to improve the condition of the lake both for the short term and more importantly for the long term. Some of the areas being looked into are as follows:

- Continuing to monitor the current blue green algae condition and its’ associated toxicity so that the lake can be open to activity as quickly as possible.
- Develop an educational program to keep the membership informed on what is going on in the lake and the direction the community is going (pro active towards quality lake management). 
This will include current projects as well as educational articles and information to create awareness of what it takes to manage a lake.  
- Researching methods for reducing nutrients coming into the lake from outside sources such as farm runoff, etc.
-  Researching methods for reducing internal phosphorus loading this may include alum treatments, hypolimnetic withdrawal, and aeration/destratification options.
-  Securing costs for a feasibility study for water replenishment during low water conditions.  Wendler Engineering Services will be providing a cost estimate to conduct a feasibility study regarding the use water wells. 
-  The thrusters installed in the cove will be removed at the end of this season and re-installed next year to evaluate their effectiveness. 
- Continuing to manage the aquatic vegetation in the lake to promote healthy native plant growth while removing undesirable non-natives like curly leaf pondweed. 

For addition information regarding blue-green algae and health risks to people and animals from exposure to algal toxins, please go to the following web site:  

We apologize for any inconvenience this is causing and thank you in advance for your continued cooperation.

We thank you for taking the time to read these important updates.
Being informed is half the battle.