The Lake Improvement Association today announced it is seeking nominations from its members and the public to name the new dredge currently being built for Grand Lake St. Marys. Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller has honored the LIA by allowing the non-profit organization to suggest a name for the dredge, which will be deployed in 2014 to help remove nutrient-rich sediment and foster clean lake water. Name suggestions can be made on the Lake Improvement Association's Facebook page at Facebook.com/LakeImprovement.
“The LIA is honored to be able to name the new dredge, which is yet another positive step toward the restoration of Grand Lake St. Marys,” said LIA Vice President Mark Piening. “Brian Miller, Tom Grabow and their staff have made record-breaking progress toward removing sediment from the lake over the past two years, and we're excited to be able to play a small role in their Herculean efforts by providing a name for the dredge. Of course, our members are the strength behind the LIA and the public are Grand Lake St. Marys' stakeholders, so we want to bring everyone in on the effort to identify the perfect name for the new dredge.”
In 2012, the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources removed a then-record 289,000 cubic yards of sediment from Grand Lake St. Marys; in 2013, ODNR bested its own record by removing 302,226 cubic yards of sediment from the lake. Such nutrient-rich sediment plays a role in the development of algal blooms, so removing it is an important part of the process to restore Grand Lake St. Marys.
BELOW: This dredge, named Brutus, was launched on Grand Lake St. Marys in 2013. The Lake Improvement Association is seeking suggestions for naming a new dredge to be launched in 2014.