Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Watershed
Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan
Past investigations and recent water quality sampling indicate that both Pickerel and Crooked Lakes have good water quality. However, the nonpoint source inventory and management review of the Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Watershed provides evidence that the water quality is threatened by increasing contributions of nutrients and sediments from fast paced changes in land uses, primarily the loss of forest and open space to increased residential and commercial development. Shoreline management practices, agricultural activities, road/stream crossings, and forestry activities are a threat to the good water quality in the Watershed if not managed correctly.
To maintain the good water quality and the significant recreational uses of the water resources in the Watershed, it is imperative that both preventative and corrective actions be undertaken. These actions will be geared to correct problem sites that contribute nonpoint source pollution and to prevent further degradation in the critical areas in the Watershed. The following critical area recommendations, both remedial and proactive, have been developed based on the results of the nonpoint source inventory. Wherever possible these recommendations were developed cooperatively with local governments, state agencies, and local organizations and citizens.
The recommendations are intended to be comprehensive, providing a long-term framework for
reducing and preventing nonpoint source pollution within the Watershed. The recommended
actions can be implemented simultaneously or separately and are listed in priority order based on the ranking of primary pollutant sources.