Eutrophication and Land Use: Lake Dillon, Colorado



How and why a body of water responds to nutrient enrichment have been major questions facing aquatic ecologists for the past several decades. This book presents a 2-year case study of Lake Dillon, a mesotrophic reservoir in Colorado which is likely to receive higher nutrient input in the future. The authors claim three goals for the study: (1) to provide a comprehensive set of limnological data on the lake, (2) to detail present nutrient sources of the lake and how they relate to land use, and (3) to construct a model capable of predicting the trophic status of the lake given likely changes in land use. The authors are successful in accomplishing the first goal, do moderately in accomplishing the second, but leave the reader wondering about the third.