What is the Save the Lake Coalition?
Chippewa Lake, a part of Medina County Park District (MCPD), is a recreational and ecological resource of historic and environmental significance to citizens of Medina County. As detailed in recent newspaper articles, the lake has been experiencing harmful algal blooms (HAB) posing public health risks and threats to the recreational use of the lake.
The Save the Lake Coalition, a citizen-led group of local volunteers, is partnering with MCPD to develop an HAB mitigation plan.
The initial phase of the plan is a lake sediment and watershed water quality monitoring project to baseline nutrient loadings, the cause of HABs, from both in-lake and stream-fed sources. MCPD is currently in negotiations with several environmental services specialists to provide technical guidance, advice, lab testing and coordination of volunteer efforts.
The expected out-of-pocket cost for this initial project will be between $35,000 and $50,000. MCPD has committed $25,000 on this initiative. The coalition has begun fundraising to generate the additional $10,000 to $25,000 MCPD will need to create a road map to address necessary HAB mitigation projects.
Your donation and personal support will be appreciated.
Keeping Chippewa Lake Open
For the past two years, Chippewa Lake has been closed to boaters and swimmers on numerous occasions. This issue cannot be reversed quickly. Nutrient-laden sediment combines with nutrients washing into the lake with stormwater to produce harmful algal blooms that limit the use of the lake for villagers and other park users.
But the problem is farther-reaching than just Chippewa Lake. The conditions at the lake are a result of the stormwater pollution from the entire Upper Chippewa Lake Watershed. This is a problem we can only solve if we work together. That’s why we formed the Save the Lake Coalition — to be a driving force to find creative solutions to the situation.
Make your donation to
Save the Lake Coalition, c/o
Friends of Medina County Parks (501(c)3)
The entire Upper Chippewa Lake Watershed — including Chippewa Lake, the focus of the Save the Lake Coalition — will be helped by this cooperative environmental fact-finding project involving Chippewa Lake and the Medina County Park District.
Donations can be sent to the Save the Lake Coalition c/o Friends of Medina County Parks.
Friends of Medina County Parks is a 501(c)3 focused on environmental quality and protection. The treasurer is Thomas K. James, former director of Medina County Park District, 6364 Deerview Lane, Medina, Ohio 44256.
A Brief History
Formed by natural processes as glaciers receded from the landscape some 14,000 years ago, this 330-acre body of water briefly lost its title as the state’s largest inland lake to Aurora Lake in Portage County. However, MCPD research showed Aurora Lake had been significantly expanded by man-made impoundments, while Chippewa Lake had been slightly reduced over the past 150 years.
Extensive wetlands that once spread out of the north and south of Chippewa Lake had been laboriously drained to expose new ground for agricultural activities. These activities have certainly increased nutrient-loading, as have new building projects and stormwater pollution.
This is where Chippewa Lake stands today. Will the lake remain a viable recreation asset to the community in the future? Is there enough concern for the entire Upper Chippewa Lake Watershed to make a real difference?