The “impaired” status of Prescott’s Watson Lake comes not from a major polluter, say the experts, but rather from the little things – the fluids leaking from a car, the pet waste left in a wash, the fertilizer used in a garden.
Because of the extensive watershed that feeds Watson Lake, many of the byproducts of urban life ultimately end up in the lake.
The resulting high levels of pollutants have rendered Watson Lake unsuitable for swimming, and have contributed to the unsightly blanket of algae that appears on the lake each summer.
To help remind residents about the impacts of their actions, and to offer tips for how to reduce the pollution, the Prescott Creeks organization has produced “Creek Care,” a 21-page pamphlet that is full of practical suggestions and information.
For more information see the article here.