ORANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Residents around West Michigan's East Lake consider it special, which is why they are aggressive about testing its water quality and controlling invasive species.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that Sterling Heights resident Kenneth Les and his wife have spent their summers for 30 years in a lakeside cabin. They appreciate efforts made by Orange Township and Northwestern Michigan College to test it and keep it clean.
The Orange Township board recently approved paying $2,000 a year for five years to test its waters and control invasive species.
Students in the Grand Traverse Freshwater Society do half the tests, which helps control costs.
They planned to start testing this weekend for E. coli, dissolved oxygen and other nutrients, which can result in algae growth.