Lake Vesijärvi, success story in lake restoration
Lake Vesijärvi was the most eutroficated large lake in Finland from the 1960s to the 1990s with large blue green algae blooming every summer. Nowadays, Lake Vesijärvi has a remarkable recreational value for more than 100,000 people. The lake is particularly rich in fish, birds and aquatic plants and home to many threatened plant species. Five areas designated as nature reserves or Natura 2000 areas for the protection of water birds are found along its shores.Species important for recreational fishing include pike, pike-perch, perch and whitefish.
The ongoing lake restoration process is one of the best success stories in lake management ever. Management actions are coordinated by the Lake Vesijärvi Foundation, which is a unique Finnish initiative combining public and private resources to secure funding for research, maintenance and management efforts focusing on Lake Vesijärvi and its catchment area. The foundation also works to improve the general public’s awareness of Lake Vesijärvi and its condition and to promote all efforts to improve its water quality.
Further information: puhdasvesijarvi.fi