Green Lake Flyover

An aerial shot captures the beauty of Big Green Lake. The Green Lake Association will present information on research happening on the lake Saturday with a virtual annual meeting.

Finding solutions to new challenges is the mission of the Green Lake Association (GLA).

This year, as the organization continue to face the challenges of keeping Green Lake healthy, it also faces the challenge of keeping each other healthy. To that end, GLA will hold its annual meeting virtually this year, beginning Saturday.

The meeting will bring GLA members and the public up-to-date on the important projects and research that have been taking place on Green Lake and the surrounding watershed. This year’s annual meeting will feature the work of two scientists who have been conducting research in the Green Lake watershed in an attempt to improve the lake’s water quality.

Cory McDonald, from Michigan Technological University, will present information on a dissolved oxygen study being conducted with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Green Lake has a rare low dissolved oxygen zone that stretches across the entire lake. This growing issue is believed to be caused by phosphorus, but the exact reason — and, more importantly, the potential solutions — are currently unknown. The results of this collaborative study will benefit Green Lake and potentially many other lakes facing this unique water quality challenge.

Rachel Johnson, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, will provide a closer look into her research on negative effects of legacy phosphorous. Her research aims to pinpoint sources of phosphorus in the watershed and identify more effective water quality management practices.

The meeting will premiere Saturday at 9 a.m. and can be viewed on the GLA’s website at

For GLA members, voting on meeting minutes and board members will be available on online for one week following the premiere.

If guests of the virtual annual meeting want the premiere delivered to their inbox, they are encouraged to visit the website early to sign up for the GLA’s e-blasts.

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