Three Lakes Watershed Summary of Data 1982-1986
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Peterson, John C.
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SubjectThree Lakes Association; Three Lakes Watershed; Watershed; December 1986; Institute for Water Quality Research; Phosphorus; Sampling; Traverse Bay Watershed Center; Torch Lake; Spencer Creek; Clam River; Lake Bellaire; Intermediate River; Wilson Creek
In physical characteristics, water quality, and biological community, Torch Lake is more like nearby Grand Traverse Bay than the other lakes of the Chain of Lakes. The water is low in nutrients, there are few aquatic plants, and the community is typical of a deep, cold oligotrophic (young) lake. Lake Bellaire, on the other hand, is shallower, warmer, higher in nutrients, and has a more diverse community of plants and animals. It is quite characteristic of a eutrophic (aging) lake.