APRIL 11, 2019 – A handful of citizen scientists are still needed for Pigeon Lake as well as for the north, east and south side of Cameron Lake for a water quality project this summer.
Volunteer citizen scientists will need to take samples and record the information once per month for a total of four samples during the summer months. All of the training and materials will be provided to the volunteers, and each volunteer will also be provided with a copy of the findings from the data collected at the end of the three year study.
Debbie Balika, Water Quality Specialist with Kawartha Conservation, said having representation from around the lakes is vital to ensure that the near shore data that is collected is representative of the entire lake, and not one specific area.
“It was identified that one of the information gaps we had around lake quality was the lack of data from the nearshore areas of the lake,” explained Ms. Balika. “This project is in partnership with UOIT (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), aims to bridge that gap and provide us with a more complete picture of the near shore situation of these two lakes.”
Similar citizen science near shore projects are taking place on Lake Scugog, Sturgeon and Balsam Lake.
“Factors from shoreline conditions, water flow, nearby tributaries, sediment and aquatic vegetation type and more can impact individual results,” explained Ms. Balika. “Which is why it is essential to have data samples collected from all areas of the lakes and not just focused in one particularly area.”
The Pigeon and Cameron Lake Citizen Science projects are a continuation of similar citizen science projects that are taking place on additional lakes in the watershed. Data from the individual lakes will help fill data gaps as well as help tell a larger story when viewed in conjunction with all of the other lake data.
“We appreciate the volunteers who have come forward and we look forward to working with new volunteers to help fill the lake gaps in the identified lake sections,” said Ms. Balika.