Columbia Valley Pioneer staff

Residents up for a little science project are invited to join the 4th annual National Lake Blitz in their area.

Living Lakes Canada is looking for local volunteers to do some water monitoring on Lake Windermere, Columbia Lake, and Lillian Lake in order to protect the lakes’ ecosystem health in the face of climate impacts.

Anyone interested in deepening their connection to their favourite lake can register as a Lake Blitz volunteer. They will join hundreds of people across Canada in measuring air and water temperature, and documenting shoreline habitat, wildlife, invasive species and environmental concerns between May and September. 

Living Lakes communications coordinator Emily Jerome told the Pioneer they had volunteers monitor the three above lakes last year. “We hope these volunteers return and register for this year’s lake blitz to help continue monitoring these lakes.”

Teresa Wright, a volunteer who monitors Kootenay Lake, said she got involved after thinking about climate change and how she felt compelled to take some action.

“Being a lake blitz volunteer made me feel happy to be part of a community that was also taking care of our lakes,” she noted.

Each volunteer receives a free kit containing a thermometer, tape measure, field guide, and data sheets. Living Lakes will provide free online training on how to monitor a lake, from data collection to data entry. 

A level 2 kit is available for purchase, allowing enthusiastic volunteers to measure additional parameters including pH and water clarity. 

Volunteers will also be invited to join the Lake Blitz Speaker Series featuring experts from various water-focused fields including Ross Reid, a popular online science educator. 

Last year 223 active volunteers monitored 209 lakes, collecting 1,613 data points. 

Registration closes April 26 or when the supply of standard kits runs out. Join Living Lakes in getting outside this summer and help protect the lake you love. 

To learn more and to register, visit LakeBlitz.LivingLakesCanada.ca or contact the Lake Blitz team at [email protected].