Soap Lake

SOAP LAKE – A scientist from Western Washington University is discussing the consistency and chemical composition of the waters of Soap Lake on Saturday.

Dr. Leo Bodensteiner will speak at 9 a.m. at the Soap Lake Senior Center, located at 121 Second Ave. SE. The event is free and open to the public.

Bodensteiner, a limnologist and professor in the Environmental Sciences Department at WWU, plans to address the findings of his study that involved water samples dating back more than 50 years found in the McKay Healthcare basement.

The samples were taken to a laboratory at Central Washington University in 2014 to see how the water’s mineral makeup has changed over time.

“The lake is a unique ecosystem.” Bodensteiner told iFIBER One News during an interview in 2014. “But it’s been affected by the creation of Lake Roosevelt and the creation of the irrigation canal and it’s been freshening since the 1950s.”

Saturday’s presentation is sponsored by the Soap Lake Conservancy.

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