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University to Harvest Potter Lake Aquatic Vegetation

Monday, August 3, 2015

LAWRENCE -- Beginning next week (August 10), the University will be harvesting unwanted aquatic weeds from Potter Lake. This work will be done by Estate Management Services, Inc. (Brunswick, GA) through the use of a mechanical harvester.  Stan Loeb, an Environmental Specialist at KU Environment, Health and Safety department will be guiding the project.

Loeb states, "Last year approximately 95-100 tons of plant material was removed from the lake. As a result of that effort, the amount of nutrients that would stimulate algal growth in the lake was greatly reduced. If not removed, the aquatic vegetation would die and decompose over winter releasing nitrogen and phosphorus into the lake and thereby stimulating unwanted, excessive algal growth. The aquatic weed harvesting is part of an ongoing effort by the University to maintain the quality of the environmental resources on campus such as Potter Lake."

Staff from KU Design & Construction Management and Facilities Services Landscape Shop will also be assisting with the project.  Funding for the project is being provided by the Provost Office through Campus Operations. The effort is meant to help maintain and preserve the water quality of Potter Lake.

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