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Posted on Apr 1, 2018 in Get Involved |

Citizen Science Program

Citizen Science Program

Are you ready to take action on behalf of Big Green? The GLA is seeking several citizen scientists to take a straightforward monthly water clarity reading from their favorite spot on Green Lake this summer.

Why measure water clarity? Water clarity is an important indicator of lake health. It signifies the amount of algae in the water, which can affect plant, insect, fish and wildlife communities. Long-term monitoring of water clarity allows us to track lake health changes for better or for worse. Last summer, we had a record-breaking number of citizen scientists out on the lake. Let’s continue to build on this great momentum!

Do you have access to a boat, canoe, or kayak and have an insatiable desire to conduct lake research? If yes, you’re in! All we ask is that you take the sample from the same location on the lake each month (May-August).

Interested individuals will receive a secchi disk, a circular disk used to gauge the transparency of water by measuring the depth at which the disk is no longer visible from the surface, and a brief training session for its use. Afterwards, individuals will have the option to help underwrite the cost of this program by purchasing their secchi disk to keep for future monitoring for $25.

If you are interested in becoming a citizen scientist and learning more about the program, please call the office at (920) 294-6480 Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM.