TRI-LAKES MANAGEMENT DISTRICT ALGAE PREVENTION PROGRAM
BARLEY STRAW USED TO AID IN THE TREATMENT OF ALGAE IS BEING DISTRIBUTED TO LAKE RESIDENTS AT THE TRI-LAKES OFFICE DURING THE MONTHS OF APRIL AND MAY (or until the bags run out):
Beginning April 17, barley straw bags will be available for pickup outside, in front of the Tri-Lakes building.
1555 Apache Avenue
WHY BARLEY STRAW?
There is something unique to barley straw (unlike other forms of straw) that helps to control the amount of algae in the water. As the straw decomposes in the lake, it releases a natural chemical which inhibits algal growth. This method is a good alternative to using copper-containing compounds since it is not known to have toxic effects on rooted aquatic plants, zooplankton, insect larvae or fish. It is a cost-effective and environmentally acceptable way to control algae in ponds and lakes.
The decomposition process is temperature dependent. The best time to place under piers is mid-to-late April as it takes approximately six to eight weeks for the decomposing straw to produce enough of the growth inhibiting chemical.Once the straw begins to produce sufficient amounts of the chemical, it is likely to control algae for four to six months.
Bags of barley straw are provided at no cost to Tri-Lakes property owners. Two bags per pier are allowed.They can be picked up at our office at 1555 Apache Ave throughout the month of April. If bags remain in May, they will also be available.
BARLEY STRAW NEEDS TO BE PLACED UNDER PIERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (ONCE THE ICE IS OUT) AS IT NEEDS TO BE IN THE WATER 30 DAYS BEFORE IT BECOMES EFFECTIVE