Originally published May 17, 2005
Tahlequah Daily Press
Tenkiller Water Watchers will host a sign dedication at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Pine Cove Marina in Tenkiller State Park.
The group is made up of volunteers who monitor various locations around and on the lake for amounts of dissolved oxygen, pH levels and the amount of nutrients, such as ammonia, nitrogen and phosphates.
The amount of phosphates is of particular importance because it can produce excess algae growth that robs the water of oxygen that lake inhabitants need in order to live. Phosphates also contribute to the deterioration of overall lake cleanliness.
The results of the Water Watchers testing are supplied to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, which aids the state in helping to identify problems and their sources.
Juli Ridgway, Oklahoma Water Watch program coordinator, will be joined at the dedication by representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state Rep. Ray Miller and state Sen. Jim Wilson.