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Lake Tips: Internet Links for Lake Information

With a computer and linkage to the Internet, volumes of information about how to protect and restore your lake resources are literally at your fingertips. In the past few years, government agencies, nonprofit groups, universities and private businesses have loaded the Internet with topics ranging from nationwide volunteer lake-monitoring efforts to graphs of dissolved oxygen and nutrient levels in specific lakes across the nation. For example, you can zoom into your local area from a map of the United States to find out how the total acreage in your watershed is being used, including acres of wetlands, various crops, forest, and residential and commercial development. Frequent updates create a dynamic library and offer the latest information about technical innovations, government policies, current events and much more.

Although the Internet does provide masses of information, finding useful information can prove to be a daunting task. For example, if you do a search for "lake management," you will likely have thousands of sites to sort through. Who has the time for this? A brief overview of some of the most relevant and informative sites for lake watershed information follows. Many of these sites have links to other environmental sites.

Lake Links: Places To Start

North Dakota Information
ND Lake Contour Maps

North American Lake Management Society
www.nalms.org

Conservation Technology Information Center
www.ctic.purdue.edu/contacts/contacts.html

Environmental Protection Agency
www.epa.gov
http://www.epa.gov/adopt
www.epa.gov/owow/lakes/

Bioassessment of Lakes and Reservoirs

University of Florida
aquat1.ifas.ufl.edu

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
www.nwi.fws.gov
www.fws.gov

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
http://www.usbr.gov/

U.S. Geological Survey
www.usgs.gov