Save the Lake Coalition

The Save the Lake Coalition consists of volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of water at Chippewa Lake and the entire Upper Chippewa Lake Watershed.

About the Save the Lake Coalition

Welcome Sign to the Village of Chippewa Lake

Our History

Chippewa Lake, Ohio’s largest glacial lake is an ecological and historic treasure surrounded by picturesque Chippewa Lake Village, Gloria Glens Village, park land and farmlands located in Medina County, Ohio. The Lake is owned and managed by Medina County Park District. The Medina County Park District has a small dedicated staff who are tasked with managing 18 parks, 40 miles of trails, nature preserves and also oversees and manages wetlands, playgrounds, lakes, forests, many programs and activities within the park district.

Welcome Sign to the Village of Chippewa Lake

In 2017, the Park District was contacted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) when a satellite image showed a cyanobacteria bacteria (aka HAB) was present. The Park took steps that year to post warning signs that a cyanobacteria bloom was present when the toxin levels were 6 parts per billion (ppb) and closed the lake when the level reached 20 ppb.

In the fall of 2017, a group of concerned Chippewa Lake Village residents recognized the need and formed the Save The Lake Coalition. The goal was to better understand the threat to the lake and its users and what actions could be taken to improve the situation.

Like any organization we started with baby steps:

  • Seeking and welcoming volunteers
  • Gathering information about the cyanobacteria threat
  • Meeting with park officials to explain how we could work with the district to provide information and potential solutions without disrupting their day to day organizational responsibilities

Our Achievements

With the clear understanding that lake management was just one responsibility for the park district, Save The Lake took steps to:

  • Raise public and political awareness through this website, local articles, meeting with local municipalities and press releases.
  • Raise public contributions.
  • Support an MCPD led baseline study of nutrients contributing to the cyanobacteria problem.
  • Apply for and receive grants, providing money to the MCPD and Medina County Soil and Water District.
  • Engage with recognized hazardous algae bloom experts (The Ohio State University’s Stone Lab, Israel's BlueGreen Technologies).
  • Attend nonpoint source (NPS) protocol training.
  • Participate with the first U.S. application of Lake Guard™*, a copper-sulfate modified product developed by the Israeli company, BlueGreen Technologies.
  • Improve Lake limiting closures due to HABs:
    • 2017: 1
    • 2018: 7
    • 2019: 1

*This scientifically developed product is disbursed over the water surface and where it slowly dissolves, killing and weakening the cyanobacteria until other desirable algae forms are free to grow and return the lake to its natural balance. The opportunity to be the first inland lake in the U.S. to receive this amazing application was the direct result of the Save The Lake’s website which lead BlueGreen Technologies to reach out and engage with us. After the Lake Guard's™ August application, scientific readings have fallen to record lows, from August through December. All this was achieved with no fish kills and no impact with flora or fauna.

Our Goals

We realize that despite this huge success there are problems yet to be solved. The historic nutrient and sediment loading in the lake remains a very large and challenging problem. Agricultural and residential development runoff and wetland development takes financing, planning, commitment, education and years to accomplish.

In 2020, we are committed to these goals through the deployment of best practices, education and public engagement and in coordination with our partners the Medina County Parks District and the Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  1. Ensure a sustainable and healthy lake now and for the future.
  2. Expand water quality improvements in the lake and within the watershed.
  3. Focus on community needs around and on the lake.

*This scientifically developed product is disbursed over the water surface and where it slowly dissolves, killing and weakening the cyanobacteria until other desirable algae forms are free to grow and return the lake to its natural balance. The opportunity to be the first inland lake in the U.S. to receive this amazing application was the direct result of the Save The Lake’s website which lead BlueGreen Technologies to reach out and engage with us. After the Lake Guard's™ August application, scientific readings have fallen to record lows, from August through December. All this was achieved with no fish kills and no impact with flora or fauna.

© 2020 Save the Lake Coalition