An Environmental History of Lake Kegonsa: Perspectives on and Perceptions of a Downstream Eutrophic Lake
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People have a negative perception of Lake Kegonsa. It has been called the red-headed, carp-filled, green, “scumsusceptible”, impaired, end of the line, phosphorus catching, step-lake. The environmental history of Lake Kegonsa shows that people have repeatedly used it as a natural resource for the last 12,000 years. Although the water quality has suffered during times of differing perspectives, Lake Kegonsa continues to have an important role as a social and recreational feature. There are stakeholders from the national to the local level involved in the management of Lake Kegonsa’s resources. This project calls out the error in perception with an interactive map illustrating positive perspectives regarding Lake Kegonsa’s importance. By comparing phosphorus, nitrogen, and chlorophyll data with corresponding water quality perspectives we begin to position ourselves to better assess lake health. Proper stewardship can ensure that Lake Kegonsa will continue to fill this important role.