Protocols & Procedures

Invasive Plant Patrollers start out at the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program’s Introductory Invasive Plant Patrol training workshops. Below are protocols and procedures used by Invasive Plant Patrol monitors.

Invasive Plant Patrol Monitor Certification

The IPP Certification Program helps our volunteers stay current regarding protocols and best practices, and maintains a high level of quality assurance for the data gathered.

Instructions for Invasive Plant Patrol Surveys

IAP Screening Survey Procedures

Survey Map Protocols

Maps are an essential part of an effective invasive aquatic plant survey, and proper mapping procedures can provide a wealth of information about survey results. Click here for mapping resources.

Lake Pages

Looking for your QA Certification # or Lake MIDAS#?
How about your lake report or depth maps? Check out your individual Lake Page.

You’ll find information about your lake, including water quality data, maps, volunteer lists, past plant surveys and a link to local weather.


Enter the name of your lake

Survey Field Sheets

Notice: Do Not Print Field Sheets on Inkjet Printers. There is a good chance your forms will get wet and inkjet printing runs when wet. Please use a laser printer or contact the VLMP office and we will gladly mail you extra data forms.

Plant Identification Pages – used by Courtesy Boat Inspectors

Click here for these helpful pages on plant identification; they show the “11 most unwanted” invasives, and common look-alikes


Additional Resources

Water Quality and Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop Schedule

New Initiatives for Invasive Plant Patrollers.

Identify plants using our online tool the Interactive Field Guide
Interactive Field Guide.

Volunteers – Lake Association Appeal Letter 2011Please consider making this appeal letter available to your lake association. A contribution from your association helps the VLMP to continue to provide you with training, technical support and equipment.

 

Our Mission

The Mission of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. The VLMP trains, certifies and provides technical support to hundreds of volunteers who monitor a wide range of indicators of water quality, assess watershed health and function, and screen lakes for invasive aquatic plants and animals. In addition to being the primary source of lake data in the State of Maine, VLMP volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities.

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The VLMP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the collection of information pertaining to lake water quality. For 40 years, trained volunteers throughout Maine have donated their time so that we may all learn more about one of Maine’s most beautiful and important resources — our lakes.