Water Quality Donations Top $70K

 

Buckeye Lake Water Quality Donations Top $70K

 Donations support critical water quality initiatives, including installation and operation of multiple aerator systems

June 13, 2022 – The Buckeye Lake Region Corporation (BLRC) has committed to raising funds to support water quality projects being led by Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow (BLT). These fundraising efforts support the volunteer-based water quality experts at BLT implement initiatives to make the waters of Buckeye Lake healthier for everything; except blue-green algae.

As part of these efforts, the BLRC – through the Buckeye Lake Region Community Foundation – matched the first $40,000 in funds raised by organizations and community members.

“The residents and businesses of the Buckeye Lake Region overwhelming responded to the call for donations to support Buckeye Lake water quality initiatives,” said Mike Fornataro, Executive Director, BLRC.

To date, multiple aerator systems have been installed due to the generosity of those who have donated to the cause. These aerators add oxygen to the water, which toxic algae hates. The aerators also accelerate the decay of muck on the bottom – which is a very good thing.

Fornataro added that the results of these projects “affect everyone that cares about a healthier Buckeye Lake”.

2022 WATER QUALITY DONATIONS AS OF JUNE 3, 2022

Below are the generous local businesses, organizations and individuals that are making a difference to improve Buckeye Lake water quality:

  • Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce: $8500
  • Don Pinnell: $5000
  • Ken Morris: $5000
  • Casey Clark: $5000
  • Harbor Hills HOA: $5000
  • Harbor Hills Golf Course: $5000
  • Chris Mooney: $2620
  • Feeder Creek Veterinary: $1000
  • Marnita Swickard: $1000
  • Lake Docks Unlimited: $250
  • Dan Ginn: $200
  • Rick Simpson: $200
  • Doug Turlo: $100
  • Mike Fornataro: $100
  • Peggy Wells: $100
  • Ellen Grinsfelder: $50

In total, $78,240 has been raised to-date for these critical water quality initiatives. [$39,120 from the residents, businesses and Civic Associations and $39, 120 in matching funds from the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation]

It is also important to recognize those who provide the electricity to keep the aerators running: Hefty Hoist, Flip Flops, Buckeye Lake Winery, Papa Boos, ODNR and Harbor Hills homeowners. Without the power the aerators couldn’t do their job.

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

If Buckeye Lake Water Quality is important to you, please consider making a donation today. One hundred percent of the money donated goes to making Buckeye Lake cleaner and healthier. Make your check payable to “Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow” and mail to: Buckeye Lake Region Corporation, PO Box 2030, Buckeye Lake, Ohio 43008 or online:

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*Be sure to make a notation when donating “Buckeye Lake Water Quality”

About the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation

The Buckeye Lake Region Corporation (BLRC) was officially formed in September 2017. The BLRC is a tri-county alliance between Licking, Perry and Fairfield counties and is open to all political and civic entities in the tri-county region. The mission of the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation is to coordinate, manage and execute initiatives that support the Buckeye Lake 2036 Vision and the Buckeye Lake Region Declaration. Financial support for these initiatives is provided by the Buckeye Lake Region Community Foundation. https://www.blrc2036.org/index.html

 

 

Water Quality Partnership Announced: BLRC To Match First $40K Raised

 

Buckeye Lake Water Quality Partnership Announced

Buckeye Lake Region Corporation to Match the first $40K in Funds Raised for Water Quality Projects

April 6, 2022 – The Buckeye Lake Region Corporation (BLRC) has committed to raising funds to support water quality projects being led by Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow (BLT). As part of these efforts, the BLRC – through the Buckeye Lake Region Community Foundation – will match the first $40,000 in funds raised by organizations and community members.

“Since its founding, the BLRC has pledged to be an agent of positive change and transformation for the Buckeye Lake Region,” said Mike Fornataro, executive director, BLRC. “For this reason, we are pleased to support Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow’s efforts to improve water quality, which we believe is of critical importance to everyone that lives, works and visits here.”

Water quality is the primary concern for residents, business owners and visitors across the Buckeye Lake Region. So much so that in a recent focus group conducted by the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation water quality initiatives topped the list of projects that community members would like to see the organization support in 2022.

“BLT has been promoting water quality since 2008 for the benefit of recreation, agriculture, wildlife and other users of the Buckeye Lake Watershed aquatic resources,” said Matt Baumann, BLT director. “Our partnership with the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation will bring us closer to our goal of sustained water quality across the region.”

Potential water quality improvement projects that may be supported by the funds raised include:

Studies to Support Grant Applications. A successful grant application to pay for larger water quality initiatives often requires submission of supporting studies. These studies can be expensive, but worthwhile.

Wetland Maintenance and Creation. Properly designed and maintained wetlands are highly effective at filtering nutrients and sediment from water before entering the lake. They are also very expensive to create.

Wildlife Management. Some species create serious health hazards for humans and other animals. Proper wildlife management techniques can reap benefits for both the affected and managed species.

Submerged Aerators. This is a proven and affordable way to reduce algae and sediment. BLT has installed several aerators in the lake, and testimonials appear on the next panel. Aerators add oxygen to the water, which toxic algae hates. The increased oxygen accelerates decomposition of organic material on the bottom of the lake. The aerators are submerged and pose no navigation hazard for boats. They also require a small but consistent source of electricity. This is the water quality initiative that will get the most support from the BLRC fundraising efforts.

Pledge your support to this critical initiative, donate online today by visiting www.BLRC2036.org, click on the “donate” button and be sure to indicate that your donation is for “Water Quality” in the Special Instructions

 

 

About the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation

The Buckeye Lake Region Corporation (BLRC) was officially formed in September 2017. The BLRC is a tri-county alliance between Licking, Perry and Fairfield counties and is open to all political and civic entities in the tri-county region. The mission of the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation is to coordinate, manage and execute initiatives that support the Buckeye Lake 2036 Vision and the Buckeye Lake Region Declaration. Financial support for these initiatives is provided by the Buckeye Lake Region Community Foundation. https://www.blrc2036.org/index.html

 

 

About Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow

Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow Inc., is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3), of the Internal Revenue Code.   We strive to promote the reduction of nonpoint pollution from all potential sources that may include agricultural, commercial, residential and recreation. Develop and offer youth-adult educational opportunities regarding relevant watershed management topics. Foster cooperation between agriculture, commercial residential and recreational interests in order to enable coordinated action toward common goals.  Assist area decision makers in the development and coordinated adoption of sound watershed management policies. https://www.buckeyelakefortomorrow.org/

 

Press Release: Aeration Projects Spearheaded by Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow Result in Improved Water Quality at Buckeye Lake

 

Encouraging water quality test results underscore the need for more bubbling aerators

February 2022 – Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow (BLT), a non-profit community organization dedicated to improving water quality in the Buckeye Lake Watershed, today announced that water testing results reported by an independent environmental lab revealed a very significant decrease in bacteria and toxins that produce algae. These water quality improvements are the result of several bubbling aerator units that were installed to add oxygen into selected Buckeye Lake tributaries, canals and inlets.

 

“The goal of the BLT aeration projects was to reduce the contaminants that cause algae blooms to form,” said Matt Baumann, BLT director. “The test results provide empirical evidence that the aeration systems work to help improve water quality.” Baumann, who spearheaded the aeration projects, added that in the Millersport Canal the total cyanobacteria and saxitoxins were practically eliminated after the aerator system was installed last March.

 

Water samples collected in 2021 revealed that the cyanobacteria levels at the Millersport Canal decreased by 98% and the saxitoxins became too low to detect, as compared to the same time period in 2020.  Consistent with the Millersport Canal test results, the water samples collected at the Copper Penny Canal revealed an 80% decrease in saxitoxins and a 41% decrease in cyanobacteria during the first four months after the aerator system was installed in July 2021.

 

Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow has been promoting water quality since 2008 for the benefit of recreation, agriculture, wildlife and other users of the Buckeye Lake Watershed aquatic resources.  “Bubbling aerator systems are a part of BLT’s work with various stakeholders to promote sustainable water quality initiatives that include sediment dredging, goose management, nutrient reduction and wetlands,” said BLT president, Pete Thomas.

 

Baumann also noted, “In addition to the scientific analysis, the water surrounding the aerator systems is visibly clearer and cleaner for swimming, boating and fishing.”  Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow is working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, homeowner associations, local business owners and the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation (BLRC) to install additional aerator systems in 2022.

 

Water quality continues to be a top priority and area of concern for community members across the Buckeye Lake Region. In a recent focus group conducted by the BLRC, water quality topped the list of projects that community members would like to see the organization support in 2022. The BLRC has launched a fund-raising campaign to direct funds primarily to the water quality improvement efforts of BLT. To support this initiative, visit https://blrfoundation.org/donate.html; donors are encouraged to designate “water quality initiative” with their donation.

 

 

About Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow

Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow Inc., is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3), of the Internal Revenue Code.   We strive to promote the reduction of nonpoint pollution from all potential sources that may include agricultural, commercial, residential and recreation. Develop and offer youth-adult educational opportunities regarding relevant watershed management topics. Foster cooperation between agriculture, commercial residential and recreational interests in order to enable coordinated action toward common goals.  Assist area decision makers in the development and coordinated adoption of sound watershed management policies. https://www.buckeyelakefortomorrow.org/

 

About the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation

The Buckeye Lake Region Corporation (BLRC) was officially formed in September 2017. The BLRC is a tri-county alliance between Licking, Perry and Fairfield counties and is open to all political and civic entities in the tri-county region. The mission of the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation is to coordinate, manage and execute initiatives that support the Buckeye Lake 2036 Vision and the Buckeye Lake Region Declaration. Financial support for these initiatives is provided by the Buckeye Lake Region Community Foundation. https://www.blrc2036.org/index.html