Rockport citizen scientists receive water quality training

Jul 02, 2018
Rockport Volunteer Citizen Lake Scientists take water samples for testing.

Rockport — In the second step of the Rockport Conservation Commission’s partnership with the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, pond monitoring volunteers for Chickawaukie Pond, Rocky Pond, Lily Pond, Tolman Pond, Grassy Pond, and Maces Pond carpooled recently from Rockport to the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program water quality workshop and training session on Auburn Lake.

Rockport volunteer citizen lake scientists will be monitoring Secchi disk transparency for clarity, as well as phosphorus levels in the six ponds. Secchi disk transparency is a way to estimate the concentration of algae in the water, which is the result of watershed runoff of phosphorus and sediment.

On Auburn Lake, volunteers learned and practiced how to properly use and read a Secchi disk, and how to collect water samples that are free of contamination. Secchi disk transparency tests and water samples for phosphorus testing will be sent to the Maine Health and Environmental testing lab in Augusta.

The volunteer lake data is used by the VLMP and Maine Department of Environmental Protection to improve the understanding of the ecology/function of Maine’s lakes, assess and classify water quality, and provide protective water quality standards for individual lakes on local and state levels.

The mission of the Rockport Conservation Commission is to promote the protection, conservation and enhancement of the natural resources in Rockport. The RCC meets the first Thursday of each month at noon in the Richardson Room at the Rockport Town Office.




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