Lake Fact Sheets and Health Scales

Lake fact sheets are a great way to take a tour of the watershed. Each fact sheet reflects a variety of studies and monitoring that helps tell the story of the lake. To get to know a lake, we look to the lake's data such as chloride and nutrient levels, the fish population, aquatic and shoreline vegetation, and other issues that may be occurring in the sub-watershed area. A sub-watershed can be a catchment area for a specific lake, or a grouping of several lakes that share a drainage connection. 

Lake sub-catchments in VLAWMO

Sub-watersheds in VLAWMO

Each fact sheet is equipped with quick facts such as lake depth, common fish, and the lake's sub-catchment area. Most sheets also include a lake data graph, a nutrient chart, and whether or not the lake meets MN State standards for nutrient levels. To dig deeper and learn more, visit our waterbodies page to find each lake's specific web page. VLAWMO monitoring staff are continually updating these pages with new data and studies as they're made available. For more detailed information on VLAWMO water quality, find our annual water monitoring reports on our reports web page

2020 Lake Fact Sheets: 

Amelia
Birch 
Black
Charley
Deep
East Vadnais
Gem 
Gilfillan
Goose
Lambert Creek
Pleasant
Tamarack
West Vadnais
Wilkinson

Lake Health: Trophic State Indices (TSI)

The Trophic State Index is tool used to measure and compare lake nutrient levels on a scale of 1-100. To do this, we look at transparency (measured by Secchi disk), chlorophyll, and phosphorus levels. In addition to the index values for individual lakes, organizations like VLAWMO also look to the Minnesota ecoregions. Lakes in the same ecoregion are classified together to generally accommodate for shared habitat, natural history, soil, and hydrology. For example, lakes in Northern Minnesota (Northern Lakes and Forests) have different hydrology, groundwater, and soil features than lakes in the Twin Cities metro (Northern Central Hardwood Forest). Northern lakes are also generally deeper than the dominant shallow lakes seen in the Twin Cities. Find a map of Minnesota ecoregions below to see the region boundaries. These contrasts between region and lake depth guide MN State standards for listing lakes on the State impaired waters list. VLAWMO uses annual water quality data to calculate TSI ratings and lake impairments for its major lakes, pictured here. 

Visit these links for more information on lake classification and TSI ratings: 

Wilkinson Lake TSI graphic 2019.pngWest Vadnais TSI graphic 2019.pngTamarack Lake TSI graphic 2019.pngSucker Lake TSI graphic 2019.pngPleasant Lake TSI graphic 2019.pngGoose Lake TSI graphic 2019.pngGilfillan Lake TSI graphic 2019.pngGem Lake TSI graphic 2019.pngEast Vadnais TSI graphic 2019.pngDeep Lake TSI graphic 2019.pngCharley Lake TSI graphic 2019.pngBlack Lake TSI graphic 2019.pngBirch Lake TSI graphic 2019.pngAmelia Lake TSI graphic 2019.png

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