Exhibit calls attention to water quality issues, opportunities

Lake Watch Lake Martin and Wind Creek State Park have teamed up to bring year-round water quality awareness to park visitors through a permanent display at the base of the water tower lookout near the campgrounds.

The inspiration of Mary Anne Bronson, the tri-paneled exhibit includes posters that highlight the area’s aquatic biodiversity; watershed stewardship; and options for viewer involvement in ongoing environmental efforts.

“We hope that it will inform, educate and inspire thousands of visitors who come to enjoy our Treasured lake,” said Lake Watch President Eric Reutebuch.

Major funding for the project was provided by the Bronson family, enthusiastic supporters of water quality in the area for many years. Lake Watch supplemented the funding with an additional donation, and park personnel built the waterfront kiosk.

The first poster in the display will call attention to Alabama’s 97 crayfish species, 180 mussel species, 210 snail species, 34 aquatic turtle species and 332 fish species, some of which are found only in the Tallapoosa River Basin. The second poster explains the Treasured Lake designation and offers tips on how visitors to the lake could actively and easily help to protect its Treasured Lake status.

A third poster encourages visitors to get more involved through water monitoring, education outreach and other available programs and opportunities.

Reutebuch said the project is part of the advocacy organization’s ongoing education efforts to protect water quality on Lake Martin.