USGS

Project History

LMEF/LMEC was founded under the original name of The Lake Commission as an offshoot of the local lake property owners organization – but we are a much different organization today, thirty four years later.  Caring for the lake environment and its immediate watershed is our sole mission.

Its is finished!  As of January 26th 2015 the USGS completed the report on Lake Maxinkuckee’s lakebed sediment.  Clink on the following to see this scientific study 2015 FINAL REPORT

LMEC felt it needed to update a similar study done in 1985.   LMEC considers that first study to be a base-line for us in studying the life cycle of our lake, plus setting pollution levels in regards to phosphorus and other nutrients.  This new study goes further back in time and checks for more trace minerals as well as phosphorus and diatoms, small microscopic algae that telsl us a lot about the history of our lake, environmentally speaking.   Click here to see a WNDU-TV news broadcast of the start of this project.  http://www.wndu.com/news/specialreports/headlines/Local-lakes-fighting-toxic-blue-algae-210288321.html

We partnered with the Marshall County Soil & Water Conservancy District so we could contract with USGS, and garnered some financial support from the Culver Educational Foundation as well as the Ralph C Vonnegut, Jr. Fund which is run by the Marshall County Community Foundation.  This left our share of this project at $135,000 over the next two years.  Our board approved this major project expense in November of 2012, agreeing to its scientific value and fully supporting the council’s efforts to both look back in time, and look forward to the future in regards to our watershed management plan.

On May 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th nine core samples were taken, using both a box corer and an eight foot long, tubular sampler.  These were then separated and put into vials for shipping back to the Kansas USGS office.  We were told on June 5th that most of these samples have been separated even more, and shipped to laboratories across the U.S. and Canada for analysis.  This took months to accomplish and then the data was compiled  in report form.  Our goals were to find several things when done:  1) how much phosphorus is sitting in the bottom of the lake and if it is easily releasable; 2) how accurate our 1982 study was in gauging the life cycle of Lake Maxinkuckee; 3) if our environmental efforts are paying off.

A DVD is being edited that will be sent to all Marshall County High Schools when done. It will be available to the public by emailing lmec@lakemax.org and providing shipping details.  The shipping cost must be born by the requesting individual or organization.