Secchi (Transparency) Water Quality Monitor Data Forms & Procedures
Water quality monitors receive training to become certified and follow strict protocols, ensuring the quality and high value of the data they collect. Below are instructions and data forms used by water quality monitors.
Each spring as a volunteer you receive a packet with new Secchi data forms, mailing instructions and personalized information, including your Secchi Simulator login.
Instructions for Secchi Monitoring
Please Note: If your Secchi reading is less than 2.5m we would like to know. Call it in to VLMP at 207-783-7733 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, lake and date of the reading.
Instructions for Total Phosphorus Sampling
The Sawyer Lab in Orono is no longer doing phosphorus testing in conjunction with the VLMP. The HETL lab in Augusta is doing phosphorus testing for volunteers; please see PDF for contact information and TP Sampling Protocols.
Notice: Do Not Print Field Sheets on Inkjet Printers. Field sheets must be completed in the boat at the time of your readings. 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.
And please make a copy of your field sheet for your records prior to mailing. We want to be sure your hard work does not get lost in the mail.
|Secchi Monitor Field Sheet
||Secchi Form Instructions and Sample Field Sheet
Presentation Slides from the New Monitor training workshop. File is large and may take a moment to load.
Volunteer Contribution Tracking Sheet PDF MS Word
Please help us estimate the value of the contribution made by VLMP Water Quality Monitors and Invasive Plant Patrollers to the monitoring and protection of Maine waters. Use this sheet (front and back) to track any time and expenses related to your monitoring and lake stewardship activity for this year.
Quality Assurance Project Plan (pdf 150k). The QAPP (“Quality Assurance Project Plan”) is a guide for proper procedures for lake water quality monitoring by volunteers in the VLMP. This plan has been reviewed and approved by the U.S. EPA, and describes the VLMP structure and how we assure that quality data are gathered. It can serve as an example of how a formal Quality Assurance Plan should be constructed.
Stay current with Publications including The Water Column and the Maine Lakes Report online.
Volunteers – Please 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.