Little Traverse Lake Association is keeping watch on important aspects of water quality to give us the data that we need to understand aquatic chemistry and biology. These efforts aim to keep the lake healthy for human recreation and as a natural ecosystem.
Studies are coordinated by the Water Quality Committee of the Association, a group of volunteers committed to understanding the environmental health of Little Traverse Lake. They partner with regional experts and other lake associations in these efforts.
Data from ongoing sampling programs and historical data since 1990 have been compiled into this EXCEL database which contains over 15,000 measurements of various water quality parameters.
Download a helpful brochure to learn more about best practices to prevent and treat swimmer's itch. Thanks to Dr. Patrick Hanington at University of Alberta and LTL Biologist Ron Reimink of Freshwater Solutions LLC for sharing their latest research.
"The Leelanau Conservancy has partnered with Lake Associations and other organizations to help write watershed protection plans for the major watersheds in Leelanau County. These plans are a guide for watershed residents to help maintain and improve the health of their watershed."
"The Good Harbor Bay watershed plan was developed to better examine and understand the watershed and to identify ways to protect the watershed’s natural functions. The rationale for watershed management is that if land activities are responsibly managed, the water within that watershed will be protected. All activities within a watershed affect the quality of water as it percolates through and runs across natural and developed landscapes.
" Leelanau Conservancy/GHBW Protection Plan
Little Traverse Lake Property Owners Association