USGS Washington Water Science Center
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The Issue: Vancouver Lake in Clark County, WA has been experiencing water quality problems for decades. Recently, harmful algal blooms have been taking place in summer resulting in closures of the lake to swimming/water contact. One potential cause of these algal blooms in the increased loading of nutrients to the lake; however, there is currently little known about the amount and timing of nutrient delivery to the lake ecosystem.
How the USGS will help: In order to help local stakeholders understand the temporal and spatial patterns of nutrient delivery to the lake, the USGS will develop a water and nutrient budget for the lake. This will provide managers with important information on the source and timing of nutrient delivery to the lake in order to more effectively maintain the health of the system.