- First, we lower a multi coloured disk into the lake until it begins to disappear. This provides a reading of water clarity.
- The second step involves lowering a sophisticated monitoring gauge into the lake at the deepest point and taking readings every meter until the bottom is reached.
- In the third stage, we lower a water capturing device and get water samples from usually six different depths of the lake. These samples are placed in small bottles which are labelled, frozen, and stored in a freezer until one of us takes them to the MOE. Some of the captured water is placed in a larger bottle which is later filtered, with the filter later being frozen and also taken to the MOE.
We have made a commitment to the MOE to complete the monitoring cycle of three years on each lake. The monitoring season lasts from ice off (May) to ice on (November) and involves twelve different monitoring sessions...roughly every 16 days. So far this year we have completed four monitoring sessions and are scheduled to gather data on the following eight dates:
- Friday July 12
- Sunday July 28
- Tuesday August 13
- Thursday August 29
- Saturday September 14
- Monday September 30
- Wednesday October 16, and
- Friday, November 1.
We are finding that with the addition of the little lake to monitor, it would be very helpful to have a bit more help. With some of the original eight unavailable to help for a variety of reasons from time to time it sometimes gets a bit hectic. If any of you are able or would be willing to assist in this project on one or more of the above dates, it would be greatly appreciated. You would get to learn a lot more about the ecology of the lakes and also get to hang out with eight nice old gentlemen.
If you are able to help on one or more of the dates above, please give David Wyse (250-374-8542) or Casey Sheridan (250-372-2628) a call and we'll add your name to the schedule.