Byram Lake

Project Details

Client

Byram Lake Association
Fenton Township
City of Linden

Location

Genesee County, MI

Scale

133 acres

Cost

$40,000 annually

Completion

Ongoing

The Byram Lake Association has long taken an active role in the management of Byram Lake. In 1987, the association retained Progressive to conduct a diagnostic-feasibility study and to identify a long-term management plan to improve conditions in the lake.  Internal release of phosphorus from the deep lake sediments was identified as a major contributor to algae blooms in the lake. In 1990, an alum treatment was conducted to bind phosphorus to the sediments and reduce internal phosphorus release into the water column.  Annual monitoring of the lake is conducted to assess water quality and to detect infestations of invasive aquatic plants.

Objective

To reduce phosphorus levels in the lake and control the spread of exotic and invasive plant species.

Outcome

Monitoring of the lake over the past 25 years has shown the alum treatment was successful at reducing internal phosphorus release and improving water quality conditions. Ongoing monitoring and plant control help ensure nuisance plant growth is minimized.

Expertise

Water Resources

Environments

Community
Municipal