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Unique Partnership Kicks off on a Cold Research Day

Posted on April 11, 2012

Mitchell Lake Research

This spring several  9-12th grade students began a quest to understand a northern lake with a problem.  At Camp Phillips outside Haugen, Wisconsin, Mitchell Lake is the centerpiece of the camp run by the Boy Scouts of America.  Wildlands students have been asked to figure out why this lake experiences periodic winter kills of the fish populations.  The camp also wants to know how this lake could be rehabilitated to a point where fish would survive throughout the seasons and the campers could go fishing again on Mitchell Lake.

Five students ventured to the lake on April 9th to begin the investigation.  One team worked on collecting accurate GPS coordinated depth data for a lake map and the other team collected water quality samples and field data.  The students all learned how to conduct a basic limnology survey, collect bathymetric mapping data, and survive a cold and windy spring field day on a lake.

Students will use the water clarity readings, dissolved oxygen, temperature, phosphorous and chlorophyll measurements to report the status of the lake to the camp.  A map will be made to help locate aerators and fish habitat structures if necessary.  The map will also help students understand the characteristics of the seepage basin and investigate the productivity of the lake during the growing season.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Mitchell Lake Project.

 

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