The Limnology of Beauchamp's Lake, Ingham County, Michigan
Beckwith, Sidney A. III
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Much attention has been focused recently, on the so-called "dying" lakes. Those sometimes-polluted bodies of water with excessive amounts of vegetation and receding shorelines. Lake Erie is the largest and most recent cause for concern, but there are many smaller lakes in the same circumstances. Home owners have built cottages on lakes only to find that the water is soon so thick with vegetation that swimming, boating, fishing, and other recreational activities are made impossible. All too often this leads to the search of a simple remedy such as massive doses of an aquatic weed killer and to the detriment of the surrounding water supplies in general and the ecology of the treated lake in particular. Beauchamp's Lake is a eutrophic lake, a dying lake in the latter stages of death. This study was done with special reference toward the progress of age and the effect that it is having on the lake.