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The Beautiful Deer Lake Water Quality Initiative

For generations, Deer Lake water quality has served as a foundation for family life and lakeshore property values.  All property owners can unite around the goal to maintain and improve Deer Lake water quality.

Known as the “lake of changing colors” because of its blue and violet hues, Deer Lake now shows a trend toward green.  The 2013 Deer-Pokegama Study identifies phosphorus as the key element driving the ongoing greening of Deer Lake, serving as a nutrient for algae and weed growth.  Phosphorus enters Deer Lake via streams, septic systems, storm-water run-off, shoreline erosion, and precipitation.     

Deer Lake is threatened by zebra mussels, starry stonewort, Eurasian milfoil, and other aquatic invasive species (AIS).  AIS are transported from infested to un-infested lakes like Deer via boats, trailers, bilge, live well, bait water, fishing and other water gear, docks, lifts, swim-rafts and float-planes.  Introduction of AIS would be devastating to property owner and family enjoyment of Deer Lake.

The DLA endeavors to arrest and reverse the decline of Deer Lake water quality by asking all Deer Lake property owners to join together to take action on the highest priority water quality threats during the next four years.  Your individual action could make the difference.

DLA is raising funds to cover the cost of our Water Quality Initiative.  Please consider offering a donation now or a pledge fulfilled over the next three years to help fund our Initiative.  To donate or pledge, please send a note to

Thank you. 

Here’s the full description for the Beautiful Deer Lake Water Quality Initiative

See also the many studies of water quality in Deer Lake found HERE.