Water Quality Committee

The Lake Lorelei Water Quality Committee began in May 2013 when Flo Mosbaugh, at the age of 80, was concerned about the water quality of  Lake Lorelei and the fact that it had not been tested for several years. She personally collected lake water samples and took them to a local lab to have them analyzed. High levels of E. coli were found in these samples. Mrs. Mosbaugh took the results to a Board of Trustees meeting to express her concerns. Shortly after, George Mason took on the Goose Patrol, and the Lake Lorelei Water Quality Committee (WQC) was formed. Olivia Espinoza was asked to be chairman of WQC. Chuck Farmer, Tom Jackson, Peggy Platz, Bill Wallace and Cindi Wetzel volunteered to collect E. coli samples from April thru October and to become certified CLAM (Citizen Lake Awareness & Monitoring) water data collectors.


The WQC decided to focus their attention in three areas: 

*Data collection

*Best practices of water quality improvement efforts 

*Community education


The committee reached out to outside resources such as Brown County Soil & Water, Fayetteville Perry Sewer District, Southern Ohio EPA, University of Cincinnati Environmental Engineering Dept., Clermont County Water Testing Lab., Friends of the Little Miami, and Northern Kentucky University for help to understand the complexity of our freshwater lake.


WQC, over the past 10 years has:

  1. Published educational articles addressing water quality issues in the Legend of Lorelei.
  2. Planted riparian zones at the headwaters of Lake Grunwald.
  3. Collected 4 types of lake water data from May thru October— Clarity Data, Dissolved oxygen, E. coli and HAB (Harmful Algae Blooms).
  4. Participated in two separate University of Cincinnati environmental engineering Senior Capstone projects—2018Lake Lorelei Nutrient Mitigation Study of Farm Field Runoff and 2019 Engineering study for the Glady Run Mud Wall.
  5. Been a part of a citizen science project aimed at the identification & understanding of Harmful Algae Blooms, guided by Mark Nienaber and Dr. Miriam Kannan from Northern Kentucky University.


If you are interested in learning more about Water Quality issues at Lake Lorelei and/or would like to join the WQ Committee, text Cindi Wetzel at 513-505-1077


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