A thick mat of algae, or "algae bloom" , covered the surface of Lake Fayetteville near the current Botanical Garden, 2002.
Clear Creek flows into Lake Fayetteville during base-flow conditions, meaning a normal amount of water flows through the creek.
Clear Creek flows into Lake Fayetteville during storm-flow conditions, where rainfall runs off the surface of the land and carries tons of sediments and other pollutants into the stream.
Excessive sediments are a problem for the water quality of Lake Fayetteville.
Excess levels of nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen can cause algal blooms, or the rapid growth of nuisance algae, which can negatively impact water quality.
Researcher collects algae during a bloom near the boat dock, 2009.