LGA Seeks Citizen Volunteers For Stream Monitoring Program In 2019

Training session planned for Friday, June 28

The Lake George Association is seeking volunteers to assist our citizen science stream monitoring program that evaluates Lake George water quality by sampling streams that feed the Lake.

WAVE protocol example -- Lake George stream monitoring
LGA Education Director Kristen Wilde, bottom left, teaches volunteers the protocol for collecting samples for the WAVE stream monitoring program.

Stream monitoring is important because 55 percent of the 550 billion gallons of water in Lake George comes from regional streams.

“This wet spring and early summer shows how much streams affect the water quality near shore,” said Kristen Wilde, LGA Education Director. “This program takes the monitoring up into the watershed, and is used as a way to record conditions over time.

“The years of data, available on our website, helps us and our partners see the changes over the years and helps us see potential threats to streams and to the Lake before they emerge as true problems,” said Wilde.

The LGA is holding a training session for volunteers on Friday, June 28, from 10 AM to Noon. Training will begin at the LGA office will move to West Brook to demonstrate the sampling protocol. Those trained are then asked to sample a Lake George stream for macroinvertebrates once between July 1st and September 30. Please call 518-668-3558 for more information.

The Lake George Association is the local coordinator for the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) Program started by the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The citizen scientists and LGA staff go out to streams around the Lake George watershed and review and report on the clarity and stream characteristics (banks, bottom and plant buffers) of regional streams as well as collect data on the organisms in the stream to determine the stream’s health.

The Lake George Association joined the program in 2015 (this will be our fifth year of sampling streams for this particular statewide program, the LGA has been using stream testing as part of its Floating Classroom curriculum for much longer).

All of the data collected is forwarded to biologists at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation who confirm our findings and then use the information to determine the health of the Lake as well as to compare Lake George to other water bodies in New York. We share the information on our website.

Evaluations from previous years can be found on the LGA’s website under “Citizen Science.”

The Lake George Association is the oldest and most experienced lake protection organization in the country, whose members support water quality protection, scientific monitoring, education and lake-friendly living programs that benefit the watershed from Lake George Village to Ticonderoga.

All the money raised by the Lake George Association stays in the Lake George watershed, and is used to support and fund projects and programs that protect Lake George water quality now and in the future.

 

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All the money raised by the Lake George Association stays in the Lake George watershed and is used to protect Lake George from Ticonderoga to Lake George Village.
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