Kawartha Conservation is looking for a dedicated group of citizen scientists who would like volunteer their time to take part in a water quality initiative on Sturgeon Lake.
The project involves collecting water samples and taking water temperature readings once per month from the end of a dock or waterfront property from the end of May to August.
“We’re looking for a limited number of lakefront residents who would like to assist us by taking samples and collecting data during the summer months,” explained Water Quality Specialist Debbie Balika. “All of the bottles, coolers, thermometers and training will be provided to our volunteers.”
The data collected will provide baseline information for the lake, particularly focusing on nearshore data.
“During the lake management planning process one of the identified information gaps was the lack of data around the nearshore areas of the lake,” explained Ms. Balika.
The volunteers will need to take samples and record the information once per month for a total of four samples during the summer months.
“It is critical to get a good sample size from around Sturgeon Lake in order to get a complete picture of nearshore lake health,” said Ms. Balika. “We very much appreciate the volunteers who have continued to take an interest in lake management planning and implementation and hope to hear from a number of interested volunteers for this project.”