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King County Small Lakes Information and Data


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(206) 477-4605.

Meridian Lake

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Vital Statistics

Watershed Area 742 acres
Lake surface area 150 acres
Maximum depth 90 feet
Mean depth Not Available
Public Park Yes
Boat Ramp Yes, outboard restriction
Fish Present stocked rainbow, kokanee

Overview

Volunteer monitoring began at Lake Meridian in the early 1980s and continued through 2004, when it was discontinued. The data indicated that this lake in the City of Kent is low in primary productivity (oligotrophic) with excellent water quality. Productivity has decreased over time, the trend marked by a fairly high degree of statistical significance.

Profile data indicated that thermal stratification is stable through summer, and the sediments release phosphorus into the deep water. Nitrogen to phosphorus ratios were above 20:1 through the summer, which generally favors other algae over bluegreens.

Lake Meridian has a public access boat launch. Eurasian milfoil is well established in the lake; however, residents should watch for other noxious weeds growing in the nearshore environment.

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Maps

bathymetric map lake watershed map
This bathymetric map shows contour lines of equal depth, similar to a topographic map would for mountains and valleys. The red 'X' marks the location where water quality samples are taken. This map shows the area of the watershed relative to the area of the lake. Generally speaking, the larger a watershed is relative to a lake, the greater the influence land use practices on lake water quality.

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Water Quality Data  

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, data relating to physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the lake have been collected for most lakes. The King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County.

View or Download Data
Use this tool to view or download data from the lake in tabular format. You can define date ranges and select which parameters to view or download.

Chart Data
Use the charting tool to look at graphs showing single parameters for a single water year at a time.

Water quality over time
A common method of tracking water quality trends in lakes is by calculating the “trophic state index” (TSI) (Carlson, 1977) and testing the values for positive or negative trends over time. TSI indicators predict the biological productivity of the lake based on water clarity (Secchi) and concentrations of total phosphorus (TP) and chlorophyll a (Chlor). Generally at least 8 years of data without major lake management activities are needed to have confidence in a significant trend.

The average of these three TSI indicators during the growing season can be used to place lakes in one of three broad categories:
<40 = oligotrophic (low productivity),
40 to 50 = mesotrophic (moderate productivity)
>50 = eutrophic (highly productive).

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Reports and Related Links



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