Deer Lake Association
A member of the Minnesota Lakes Association
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Deer Lake is currently threatened by zebra mussels, starry stonewort, Eurasian milfoil, and other aquatic invasive species (AIS). AIS are transported from infested lakes to Deer Lake via boats, trailers, bilge, live well, bait water, fishing and other water gear, docks, lifts, and planes. Introduction of AIS would be devastating to property owner and family enjoyment of Deer Lake.
Once 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 concludes that phosphorus is the key element driving the ongoing greening of Deer Lake. Phosphorus enters Deer Lake via streams, inefficient and failing septic systems, storm-water run-off, shoreline erosion, and precipitation.
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 five years.