Water Quality Workshops

>> Please see our Home page for more 2020 season Information <<

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Water Quality Monitor – NEW Volunteers (Secchi/Water Clarity)

New Water Quality Monitors: Interactive Training Webinars will be offered in 2020 to individuals who have expressed interest in attending an introductory water quality monitoring certification workshop. These workshops normally consist of an indoor ‘classroom’ session which typically lasts approximately two hours, followed by an on-the-water session, at which attendees are trained to take a Secchi disk reading and to take a sub-surface total phosphorus grab sample. Both sessions are required in order for attendees to be certified to collect and submit data to LSM. Current and anticipated social-distancing safety requirements make it unlikely that we will be able to offer the on-the-water session in 2020.  However, by fulfilling the indoor session requirements this year, attendees will only need to attend the on-the-water session next year, after which they will be fully certified to gather and submit data for their lake.

Secchi Training Webinar (fulfills classroom requirement)

Friday, July 10 at 10am     ~ Register Here ~

Wednesday, July 29 at 10am    ~ Register Here ~


 

Water Quality Monitor – Re-certification for Secchi & Dissolved Oxygen Monitors

Secchi Re-certification Workshops, which normally take place on lakes throughout the state are cancelled for 2020, due to social distancing restrictions. If your certification status requires you to attend an in-person workshop this year to maintain your status, that requirement is deferred to 2021.  We hope that you will be able to continue to safely monitor your lake this summer. Please be assured that LSM staff will be available throughout the year to provide technical support, as always.

Dissolved Oxygen Re-certification Workshops: We are in the process of developing a special online re-certification workshop for certified DO monitors, in which you will be required to participate, in order to submit data in 2020. The workshop will consist of an interactive Zoom video conference that will include a refresher demonstration video on DO meter maintenance and calibration, on-the-water monitoring procedures, and a series of questions for you to answer.  This online session will be in lieu of your requirement to attend an in-person workshop in 2020.  We also request that you mail/scan & email your first Temp/DO profile data form to LSM as soon as possible. We will quickly review your data for any indication of equipment problems. If an issue is suspected, we will help you to resolve the problem, after which you will be able to continue gathering data for the remainder of the monitoring season.  Please email forms to this address, or mail a copy to LSM, 24 Maple Hill Rd, Auburn, ME 04210.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health. LSM 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, LSM volunteers benefit their local lakes by playing key stewardship and leadership roles in their communities.

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LSM 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.