The Gages Lake Conservation Committee (GLCC) is a volunteer organization that manages the conservation needs of Gages Lake, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Lake County Health Department (LCHD), and Wildwood Park District (WPD).
The purpose of the GLCC is to:
The guiding principal in GLCC deliberations and actions shall be “what is best for the lake” and for those residents represented by the committee. A healthy lake is important to all residents and their property values.
The Gages Lake Conservation Committee is responsible, in-part, for the following Gages Lake care and maintenance initiatives.
Nuisance aquatic vegetation and algae can have a major impact on the beauty and ecological balance of lakes and ponds, which is why the Gages Lake Conservation Committee works with a local licensed company and highly-trained team of scientists, biologists, ecologists, and aquatic resource management professionals for aquatic weed and algae control of Gages Lake. Invasive algae and aquatic weeds are not only unsightly but can sometimes be a danger to aquatic life and humans. They may also cause many water quality problems and be a detriment to aquatic ecosystems, while also hiding a lake’s true beauty.
Successful weed and algae control is a challenge that requires patience, diligence, and an array of strategies, including the use of herbicides in Gages Lake. When used properly, herbicides can be invaluable tools for the safe, fast and cost-effective eradication of plant species that are threatening the health and balance of Gages Lake's aquatic ecosystem. While herbicides often get a bad rap, it’s important to note that all herbicides used are registered and approved through a stringent process directed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The GLCC typically meets in April or May each year to determine zones and target areas to treat.
The Gages Lake Conservation Committee partners with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), as well as utilizes a local certified and fully licensed hatchery to restock gamefish in Gages Lake. Fish restocking offers numerous benefits to Gages Lake, such as ensuring a thriving ecosystem and balanced fish population, recreational fishing, mosquito control, and aesthetic appeal.
Species of fish that are restocked in Gages Lake include Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye.
The Gages Lake Conservation Committee utilizes a local licensed pond and lake management company for lily pad control of Gages Lake. The team of licensed aquatic pesticide applicators use EPA registered and state-permitted products that are labeled for aquatic use and are applied per label instruction to control the nuisance aquatic vegetation, which offers the most sustainable and cost-effective solution to managing lily pads. Treating lily pads with a systemic herbicide allows preservation of the natural balance of Gages Lake's aquatic ecosystems, as well as maintains and enhances the health and beauty of Gages Lake.
The Volunteer Lake Monitor tracks the water level of Gages Lake and reports their findings to the GLCC and to Lake County Environmental Health, along with any other issues they can see from the water. This allows both groups to keep an eye on water levels and track historical water level trends and events, such as droughts.
The GLCC is committed to preserving, protecting, and maintaining the health of Gages Lake, and has done so through the following projects.
The Gages Lake Conservation Committee raises funds to support their various conservation initiatives and projects through hosting and/or sponsoring the following events: