Water Treatment Project Begins on Two Plymouth Lakes
Monday afternoon, water treatment crews released more than 19,000 gallons of aluminum sulfate (alum) into Pomerleau Lake in Plymouth. The green liquid is designed to bind up phosphorus in the sediment and prevent the growth of algae.
The work is a joint project between the city of Plymouth and the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission, which will have an impact on the lake for the next 20 to 30 years.
“You’re improving water clarity,” said Joe Bischoff, an aquatic ecologist working on the water treatment project. “So really what we like to say, for recreational use, you want to be able to stand chest deep and see your toes. And so this will increase the water clarity, and that’s also good for the fish. It balances the amount of algae that’s in there. Better balance for fish and for water fowl and those types of areas.”
The group will treat Bass Lake in Plymouth with the same chemical on Wednesday.