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May 26, 2018 10:05 PM

Possible Solution To Lake Mitchell Algae

Mitchell, SD

During Memorial Day, many people in KELOLAND head to the lake to spend time boating, but that's not necessarily the case on Lake Mitchell. Every summer, algae on the lake leads away people who want to enjoy the water. 

It may be over 90 degrees Saturday, but not many boats can be seen on Lake Mitchell. For Mitchell resident, Justin Thiesse, he's enjoying his lake front view from shore.

"Right now it doesn't look too bad, we're only on Memorial Day, and actually it's starting out worse than it did last year, we've already got dead fish coming to the shore, as you can see my boat lift is not out in the water," Thiesse said.

While algae have started forming on the lake, one man says he has a treatment that could solve the problem.

"I call it an ecoflow, it's a biological and natural chemical treatment that reestablishes the body of the lake, when the lake has been altered by man in a way that has caused the natural process of digestion to stop," president of Advance Water Systems Brian Brown said.

The device has three components to it.

"The first component is the chemical portion, it's necessary to help the bacterial survive at the lower levels of the lake, then you have the biological which is the digestive process naturally occurring in lakes when they're healthy, and the last piece was sand so it can get down to the bottom where the sludge is," Brown said.

Residents just hope something will be done with the lake.

"I hope we can get it cleaned up and take care of it for many generations to come," Thiesse said.

Brown has treated a colony lake outside of Mitchell that also had issues with algae, with the ecoflow for the last five years. 

Brown was brought to town by mayoral candidate Tara Volesky. Bob Everson, Steven Larson, and Mel Olson are also mayoral candidates.

The Mitchell City Council is expected to bring up Lake Mitchell at the June 18 meeting.




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