Piney Z Lake

Cade C.

Narrative – PineyZ Project By: Cade C.

Lake PineyZ is a branch off Lake Lafayette. They were once the same lake. PineyZ was dug out to provide the inhabitants of PineyZ Plantation with a fishing habitat. It also will offer them a place to picnic and hike.

Lake PineyZ is a beautiful lake near Lincoln High School. There are paths cleared that are easily trodden. However, the lake itself is grown with weeds and algae, and the area around it is developing and causing pollution. There are even illegal artifact excavations taking place! The run off from the plantation is not good for the lake. It is filled with gas and oil from the machinery that is bringing things for the workers. When it rains, the gas, oil, and wood shavings run off into the lake; using this lake as a fishing habitat and park could be harmful to its surroundings. The run off from PineyZ Plantation is mixed up with the water in Lake PineyZ. This makes the fish sick and they die, which means that there are no fish for people to fish for in a fishing habitat!

Lake PineyZ is an example of Karst Topography. The word “karst” is a complete topographic term used to describe limestone areas that possess topography strange and dependent upon underground solution and the diversion of surface waters (run off) to underground routes.

Natural eutrophication is the process by which lakes gradually age and become more productive. It normally takes thousands of years to progress. However, humans, through their various cultural activities, have greatly accelerated this process in thousands of lakes around the globe (such as Lake PineyZ). Cultural eutrophication is water pollution caused by excessive plant nutrients. This is why the people developing Lake PineyZ have hired others to run the “weed boat”. This contraption scrapes the plants and algae off the bottom of the lake. There were some samples taken from this boat when they let us aboard.

Here we see an example of eutrophication in Lake PineyZ. As Todd and Mr. Fannin take the water temperature, you can see the plants growth of the lake, hence, eutrophication.

Lake PineyZ seeps through the soil to “join” the flow of water underneath us known as the Floridan Aquifer. The Floridan Aquifer is one of the major sources of ground water in the United States. Every day more than 3 billion gallons of water are issued up from the Floridan aquifer. The rocks that make up the aquifer and are accountable for dividing it into Upper and Lower regions. The Floridan Aquifer is where most of our water comes from.

The temperature of Lake PineyZ should be maintained. If the temperature is too hot, the fish will die, and likewise if it is cold.

Dissolved oxygen is the single most important component of surface water for the maintenance of aquatic organisms that use aerobic respiration. Oxygen must be dissolved in order for the fish to be able to “breathe”.

Nitrates and nitrites are nitrogen-oxygen chemical units which combine with various organic and inorganic compounds

pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution, numerically equal to 7 for neutral solutions, increasing alkalinity and decreasing with increasing acidity. The pH scale uses ranges from 0 to 14.

Turbidity is a significant contributor to the decline on populations of North American aquatic organisms. The Impacts of turbidity to aquatic organisms often seem inconsistent among watersheds and experiments. It is measured in NTUs (Nephelometric Turbidity Units). NTUs should be examined over a range of discharge recordings and that this be used as a baseline to examine local effects. Turbidity is not good for Lake PineyZ because it aids in the decline of the populace of its aquatic organisms.

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