The report, “How Many Lakes Will Meet the New Criteria”, compares sampling data from 132 lakes with both the proposed criteria and the criteria currently used to decide whether a lake fully supports swimming. The Trophic State Index (TSI) is used to quantify whether a lake meets the narrative water quality criteria contained in Iowa’s water quality standards such as a lake must be free of nuisance aquatic life. The TSI measures water quality parameters such as nutrient concentrations, transparency and chlorophyll-a concentrations. algae blooms. These narrative criteria apply to all surface waters.
In summary, of the 132 lakes reviewed, 64% do not meet the TSI criteria. A total of 88% of these lakes do not meet the proposed criteria. Most of the lakes that do not meet the proposed criteria would not meet either the transparency or the chlorophyll-a criteria.
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