SI-3G (6/29/05 version)
Overview, "As Is" Stream Integrity Situation: Lakes

Assessing Lakes

Assessment Results

Overview Of Canal Lakes

Although only six Ohio lakes are canal lakes, several have been the focal point for community-led NPS planning and implementation. The unique characteristics of canal lakes are the basis for local desire to improve water resource quality.

They are located at the headwaters of a stream and therefore tend to concentrate NPS pollutants. Canal lakes are heavily used recreational areas, but are also often surrounded by agriculture. In some cases, this has led to conflicts about land uses. Shoreline ownership is typically a mix of state or local park land and private property. Residential use is dense and has changed from seasonal cottages to year round occupation, so failing HSTS are often an issue. In some cases (Grand Lake St. Marys), the lake is a local source of drinking water. The need for long-term management of these areas has motivated local stakeholders to work together to reach consensus on solving water quality impairment. Some examples are provided below

NPS Planning And Implementation In Canal Lake Watersheds

Currently, Ohio has a watershed coordinator program. Planning efforts for Lake Loramie and Indian Lake began before the watershed coordinator program was established. State NPS funding is currently providing for a local watershed coordinator to develop a plan in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.

Other Plans In Lake Areas [List May Not Be Comprehensive]

The following list of watersheds includes a mixture of organizations, including those that are working through the Ohio Watershed Coordinator program, those that developed plans prior to the watershed coordinator program, and those currently developing a plan outside the watershed coordinator program. Varying levels of emphasis are placed on the lakes within these watersheds based on local conditions and interest.