I Love Lake Campaign
The I Love Lake Campaign with the Snohomish Conservation District promotes the positive actions homeowners can take to prevent algal blooms. Unfortunately, Lake Stevens has high levels of phosphorus - a natural nutrient that all plants need to grow. However, in excess, it causes problematic algal blooms.
From the old aerator to the current alum treatments, The City of Lake Stevens and Snohomish County have worked together to manage algae so that people can safely recreate and enjoy a clean, clear lake. While the current alum treatments are effective in temporarily reducing algal blooms, they are costly, and only serve as a short-term solution.
We can't solve the algae issue unless we tackle the sources of phosphorus, and it takes each of us doing our part every day. The good news- there are many small steps we can each take that make a difference!
Causes of Algae Blooms
- Excessive or improper application of fertilizer that contains phosphorus
- Fecals - waterfowl (especially where they are habitually fed), faulty septic systems, and pet waste
- Lawn clippings dumped into ditches or streams
- Soap from home car washing
- Exposed soil, which can wash into water bodies with storms
The Cascade Award honors those who have a beautiful, sustainable, lake-friendly garden or landscape. Introducing the 2021 Cascade Award winner… Dick Todd!
2021 Program Highlights
The Snohomish County District is taking a deeper dive into detention ponds around the City of Lake Stevens; visit their Detention Pond Maintenance page and view their latest webinar and learn more about those ponds.