Choose one or more features that you would like to see plotted on the map below by clicking on items in the feature list. Zoom to the feature icons using the "+" and "-" or by using your touchscreen. Hide the feature list with the "<<" symbol in the lower left corner of the map and bring it back with the icon that appears in the same place. Single click or tap any feature symbol on the lake to retrieve data supplied by the member that logged the feature observation. Add your own observations with the survey form that appears below the map and elsewhere on our site.
If You See Something, Say Something!
Supporting Information For Each Observation Type on EOL:
The map above presents the actions and information gathering done by the members of the BLPS. There is more information about each type of observation under the TOPICS menu item, or by selecting the links below:
- Invasive Species: Provide early detection of invasive species and coordinate eradication among property owners and our partner, Huron Pines Conservancy. Entering your observation will create an immediate alert for follow-up action.
- Harmful Algae Blooms: Learn to identify a potential HAB. take a picture and an alert will automatically and immediately be sent to EGLE with your GPS coordinates, photo, and description.
- Swimmer's Itch Case: If you know of a case of swimmer's itch, report it on EOL so that patterns of where the parasite resides can be studied by our partner. Entering your observation will immediately alert them and EOL will show patterns of cases.
- Merganser Broods: learn to identify and report sightings of broods of common mergansers. Enter your observation and our partner, SI Solutions will be immediately alerted of the sighting to initiate relocation of the brood.
- Conserved Land if you own or have visited a land conservation property, please log it here and it will be considered in a future "priortity parcel analysis" that we plan to do with the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.
- Healthy Septic System Owners: Use this link to learn more about the BLPS "Fresh Start" program and register your system as a "healthy septic system"
- Fertilizer Free Yard: Use this link to learn about the ideas for and benefits of eliminating the use of fertilizers. Then register your yard as being fertilizer free using EOL. (future function)
- Living Shoreline: use this link to learn about the benefits of a natural shoreline and register your efforts in EOL.
- Self Assessed Property: register for and complete the Michigan Shoreland Stewards Self-Assessment Survey and register your self-assessed property
- Lake Level Management: Click on the blue triangles in the legend to learn more about the features that impact flows through the Black Lake watershed. Follow this link for more history and details on this topic.
- Beach Captains : see if you have a Beach Captain for your beach and learn who it is or volunteer to fill an open spot.
- Water Quality Readings: Learn about how to interpret water quality data and view readings in different zones of the lake and tributaries (future function)