Friends of Lake Jackson, Inc. was formed in 1998 to organize the efforts of informed and concerned citizens who share a desire to protect Lake Jackson from further adverse effects. This group works with local, state and federal governmental officials to arrest the further decline of this key piece of our natural heritage. Friends of Lake Jackson, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors.
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Located in the northern portion of Leon County, Florida, on the east side of US 27, the Lake Jackson, Carr Lake and Mallard Pond ecosystem is a valuable biological, aesthetic and recreational resource of Leon County and the State of Florida. This ecosystem was designated as the Lake Jackson Aquatic Preserve for the primary purpose of preserving and maintaining the biological resources in their essentially natural condition. The expansive freshwater marshes and native submerged vegetation provide exceptional fish, waterfowl and wading bird habitat. Lake Jackson is internationally known for sport fishing and its trophy largemouth bass. In addition, the lake generates several million dollars annually for the Tallahassee and Leon County area.
In the 1980’s, it became clear that Lake Jackson needed help. Its once-clear waters spawned nuisance plants and algae blooms as it filled with nutrients and sediments from stormwater runoff. Interstate 10 (I-10) and a business corridor had been constructed in its basin with few runoff controls in place. Housing construction boomed along the southern and eastern shoreline. Nutrient concentrations rose, oxygen concentrations fell and native herbaceous plants died. A layer of organic muck built up on the sandy lake bottom smothering fish habitat.
To remedy this, the Northwest Florida Water Management District engineered a treatment demonstration project in the lake’s Meginniss Arm basin. The result is a 95 percent reduction in discharge of most pollutants to one of Tallahassee’s most popular recreational and historical attractions.
The goal of this web site is not consensus on all topics addressed herein, but to educate the visitor on issues, topics and events surrounding the overall status and well being of the lake. The content, information and link branches contained herein do not necessarily reflect the position and opinion of the Friends of Lake Jackson.
We welcome any inquiries or comments on this web site - please use the following e-mail address:
Dr. Don Alford, founding board member
The design and implementation of this web site
would not have been possible without the capable
assistance of Jim Montgomery, Carl Owenby and
his Maclay School computer science students.