Aquatic Monitoring and Management Plan Development of Lakewood Lake, Jackson County, Missouri
Cepauskas, Brigid M.
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Urban lakes can provide a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities including sport fishing, boating, swimming, nature viewing, and more if properly managed. This research examined how Lakewood Lakes functioned seasonally and its water quality to ultimately provide a management plan for the Lakes. Data was collected on temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, and secchi disc visibility to illustrate seasonal changes through the water column. Water samples were collected on a monthly basis to analyze nitrite, nitrate, reactive orthophosphate, alkalinity, hardness, total suspended solids, and total dissolved solids. Mixing of the water column occurred during spring and fall with stratification occurring in summer, resembling the pattern of a temperate, dimictic lake. Lakewood Lake East and West were found to be moderately eutrophic with conditions that would favor sunfish (family Centrarchidae). Management objectives included limiting external nutrient loading, establishing aquatic macrophyte vegetation, and fisheries management to create a sustainable fishery.