Natural lakes like Culver and Owassa were created through a combination of glaciers and springs, and are threatened primarily by expanding communities. Over time, we have learned the main culprit threatening our waters is external phosphorous which binds with sediment, flows into the lake, and sinks to the bottom where dissolved oxygen is low. In this anoxic environment, sediment then releases phosphorous into the water column promoting algae growth. This process gradually suffocates helpful microbes and fish, disrupting the balance of the water ecosystem. The Culver Lake community has addressed this issue for many years but as the greater Culver Lake watershed becomes more and more inhabited, additional measures are required. In partnership with Frankford Township, the Foundation has intensified its commitment to Storm Water Management. The inclusion of recommended minerals such as iron and alum are also being utilized.
Individual residents at our lakes can do many small things to enhance water quality: