This project has three phases and a goal of reopening the lake to passive recreation. First, the sources of water quality issues must be scientifically identified. Second, efforts will be made to address these issues and restore the lake. Once this phase is completed, Lake Herrick could potentially be reopened. The final phase of the project will be to continue long-term monitoring of Lake Herrick and its watershed. Right now (Spring 2017), researchers are still in the first phase, working to identify the sources of bacteria into the lake. However, Dr. Radcliffe is optimistic that Lake Herrick could be healthy enough for passive recreation in the next few years.
This project is wide-reaching and interdisciplinary, and it is connected to research occurring in streams and watersheds throughout the Athens area. There is still much to learn about urban stream systems, and Lake Herrick provides researchers and students at UGA with a unique outdoor classroom, offering us countless research and teaching opportunities.