Citizen Assessment of Grindstone Lake
The Grindstone Lake Association has an active history in learning more
about lake and shore lake resources and in leading conservation efforts
to improve the ecology and aesthetics of Grindstone Lake. The effort to
compile data included in this plan extends the association's efforts in
conserving the area's special resources. In this initiative, citizens
from Grindstone Lake partnered with professionals from various
organizations to inventory watershed and shoreline characteristics
important for lake planning and conservation efforts. Throughout the
process citizens have invested generously with their time and energy.
With professionals training citizens inventoried emergent aquatic
macrophytes, coarse woody habitat, aquatic invasive species, shoreline
development, riparian trees, veteran trees, aesthetic characteristics,
lake- bottom structure, and wildlife. Equipped with new skills, citizens
inventoried over 12 miles of shoreline documenting ecological and
aesthetic characteristics, features, and indicators.
Through past planning and management efforts are common on Grindstone
Lake, This report is the first known systematic, spatial assessment of
Grindstone Lakes' characteristics. These spatial inventories provide an
objective snapshot of the resources that exist along the Grindstone Lake
shoreline, riparian area, and littoral zone during the summer of 2010.
These data, preserved using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), not
only serve the interests of this planning project, but will also serve
to monitor changed on and around Grindstone Lake over time.
Douglas Miskowiak, GIS Education Specialist
Jon Galloy, GIS Technician
Michael Broton, GIS Technician
Corinna Neeb, GIS Technician
Grindstone Lake Final Report (without maps)
Interactive Web Maps
Grindstone Web Maps