The 2013 MLA water quality monitoring program was a success. In all, over 100 volunteers collected 1152 samples. The reports detailing the results of the program are now available below. You'll notice that the collection and analysis methods are documented in a special report, allowing the main report to focus on results.
Key messages from the results report are as follows:
- Monitored lakes have consistently good water quality that is suitable for recreational use.
- Most E.Coli values recorded are well within the expected range of values that would occur naturally; most were also below the MLA guideline.
- This years ‘Focus Areas’ have been identified with yellow traffic lights. Classifying an area yellow means further investigation is recommended to maintain good water quality. The specific rationale for the yellow classification is underlined within on the area summaries sheets.
Planning is well underway for the 2014 water quality initiative. If you're interested in assisting, here are some of the ways you can participate:
- Help to prepare equipment for the 2014 monitoring season
- Collect samples
- Coordinate a group of volunteers as a `Team Leader`
- Contribute to coordinated and strategic efforts within the ‘Focus Areas’ to maintain good water quality
- Become part of the program organizing committee, helping with volunteer outreach, communications and other environmental issues
Please contact the MLA office at 705-765-5723 or email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering in the program, if you would like to get involved in any of these additional ways, or if you have any questions or concerns.