Lake Monitoring Worshop for Volunteers May 16

The NH Department of Environmental Services Volunteer Lake Assessment Program (VLAP) is holding its annual workshop on Saturday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at DES’s office building, 29 Hazen Drive in Concord.  Workshop participants will learn about VLAP and how to: Become part of an important program that helps monitor the state’s water quality, identify aquatic plants, and utilize lake sampling techniques. Also, workshop attendees will learn more about cyanobacteria and its potential link to neurodegenerative diseases. In addition to the popular lake ecology and aquatic plant identification sessions, a special guest will present on how you can volunteer for the Loon Preservation Society. The registration fee is $5.

Click here for more information. or contact Sara Steiner, VLAP Coordinator, at (603) 271-2658, or email sara.steiner@des.nh.gov.

Telephoto view from east shore of Lake Sunapee
Image via Wikipedia

Related information: The Lake Sunapee Protective Association volunteer water quality program started in the 1980’s. It now tests the lake’s tributary streams as well as coves and deep sites. LSPA’s Water Quality Laboratory at Colby-Sawyer College analyzes the samples and the NH Department of Environmental Services provides an annual water quality report based on its analysis of the data as part of the VLAP (Volunteer Lake Assessment) Program. The college lab also processes samples for about 25 area lakes.

Related websites:

Lake Sunapee Protective Association – Water Quality

Pleasant Lake Protective Association – Water Quality

New Hampshire Lakes Association

NH Dept. of Environmental Services – Volunteer Lake Assessment Program

Loon Preservation Society

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