Citizen science with Squam Lakes Association

Trek across the frozen Squam Lakes and drill through the ice as a winter water quality volunteer with the Squam Lakes Association. The SLA has monitored the lake’s summer water quality since the '70s, but recently expanded the program to include winter water quality monitoring. Collecting water quality data year-round allows SLA to form a more comprehensive understanding of lake dynamics. Volunteering involves hiking onto the frozen lake with a sled of equipment, measuring water temperature and dissolved oxygen levels, and bringing a water sample back to the lab. Volunteers have an opportunity to get outside while learning more about the local ecosystem. No prior knowledge or experience required, and volunteers will receive training. Volunteers can go out with an LRCC member for their shift or on private outings. For details, contact grace@squamlakes.org or 603-968-7336. (Courtesy photo)

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