Avg. water temp: 19.9°C

Avg. site depth: 4.4 m

Avg. pH: 8.2

Avg. D.O: 8 mg/L

Avg. turbidity: 2.3 NTU

Avg. conductivity: 213.5 µs/cm

Citizen Scientist of the Week: Emma Norquay, Invermere, B.C.

Our volunteer of the week, Emma, is a local student from the high school with an interest in science, a good sense of humour, and a talent for learning. Besides discovering that “Betty Crocker measuring cups work well for bailing a boat” when the water began to splash up from the boat’s motor, she was also pleased to gain a more scientific understanding of Lake Windermere.

Emma and I compared this week’s findings to last week’s, and we were surprised to see a change in temperature towards the cooler end of the spectrum at all the sampling stations. We hypothesize that the cooler water lended itself to a slight increase in dissolved oxygen (D.O.) content of the water, since this was something we noted at all the sampling stations, too. This connection between D.O. and temperature is a good demonstration of how the physical and chemical components of the lake water are interdependent as opposed to being separate.

To join the Lake Crew on Tuesday mornings this summer, contact Katie Watt at (250) 341-6898 or intern@lakeambassadors.ca.