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Harvesting Lake Weeds Improves Water Quality
Steps must be taken to address deteriorating water quality in heavily used Elk/Beaver Lake, Capital Regional District staff say.

The lake system is subject to a number of stressors, and a water-quality plan should be developed to reduce algal blooms, manage weed growth, improve fish habitat and ensure continued recreational use, says a report going to the CRD’s environmental services committee on Wednesday.

CRD staff are also seeking funding to buy a weed harvester to replace the one that was retired in 2013, stating that reduction of lake weeds will improve water quality.


 
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