A limnological study of Wood Lake, B.C. was conducted during 1984. Previous studies have categorized the lake as being "mildly eutrophic" where algal growth is enhanced by nutrient input from the surrounding watershed. A 1980 government study suggested that nitrate leaching from Hiram Walker exfiltration beds into the groundwater system has contributed to the changing nutrient balance of Wood Lake. It has also been suggested that this potential leaching and subsequent changes in the lake's nutrient balance may not necessarily be detrimental to water quality (i.e., water clarity). The 1980 report indicates that summer blue-green (cyanophyte) blooms, which frequented the lake during the early 1970s, seem to have subsided. One possible reason for this is that a spring bloom of diatoms which do not reduce water clarity to the same extent that blue-greens do, stimulated by increased nitrogen levels, utilize available phosphorus and thus limited its availability for a summer blue-green bloom. The objective of the p
Macdougall, Colin. 1984. Chemical and Microbiological Limnology of Wood Lake, B.C., 1984. BC Ministry of Environment
Keywords: limnological study, Wood Lake
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