Lake News

Press Release by the Newaygo County Health Department #10 on Hess Lake Algae Blooms

June, 2021 Hess Lake Algae Sample Collection

June, 2021, Lake Alum Treatment  The Hess Lake Improvement Board is considering an expensive Lake Alum Treatment. See page 25, description of Alum Treatment & pages 32, 33 on cost of treatment in the 2020 Progressive AE Hess Lake Study. I read that Silver Lake near Lake Michigan is considering applying for a permit from EGLE to plant native aquatic plants. Could this be done at Hess Lake instead of an Alum Treatment? Study located under the Engineering Tab. 

June, 2021, Grand Valley State University Muck Study, GVSU completed a study on Hess, Brooks & Pickerel Lake muck to determine if muck pellets actually do anything. Which they don’t work as advertised. Read the Executive Summary on Page 2 & Summary on page 34 first. The rest of the report a lot of technical data. This study is located under the Engineering Tab. Muck pellets were used in Hess Lake in years 2016, 17 & 18. 

May, 2021, the Hess Lake Improvement Board is removing the aeration system from Hess Lake since it isn’t effective. Used from 2015 to 2020.

May, 2021, Hess Lake Improvement Board approved a contract with Progressive AE to manage Hess Lake Projects. See contract details under Engineering Tab.

July 2020, the Hess Lake Improvement Board released the 2020 Progressive AE Hess Lake Study. Well worth reading. For a good baseline, read the 1982 Edmunds Study first. Both studies are located under the Engineering Tab.

May, 2020, the Hess Lake Improvement Board released the 2019 Dr. Jude Hess Lake Study. Well worth reading. For a good baseline read the 1982 Edmunds Study first. Both studies are located under the Engineering Tab.

May, 2019

The Hess Lake Board - HLB applied to the DEQ and was granted an additional 5 year permit for aeration on Hess Lake. Please see Water Quality Tab for details on Aeration and the DEQ Permit Requirements.

December, 2018

June, 2018

Summary of 2021 Lake Water Algae Testing