The 2014 MLA water quality monitoring program was a success. In all, over 100 volunteers collected 1235 samples. The report detailing the results of the program are now available below. You'll notice that the collection and analysis methods are documented in a special report, allowing the main report to focus on results.
Key messages from the results report are as follows:
- Monitored lakes have consistently good water quality that is suitable for recreational use.
- Most E.Coli values recorded are well within the expected range of values that would occur naturally; most were also below the MLA guideline.
- This year's ‘Focus Areas’ have been identified with yellow or red traffic lights. The specific rationale for the traffic light classifications is underlined within each area summaries sheet. Eighteen areas are classified yellow, meaning further investigation is recommended to maintain good water quality. One area is classified red, meaning immediate remedial action is necessary to address water quality problems. The red light area presented elevated E. coli concerns, which the MLA Water Quality & Environment and Political and Land Use Committees have been hard at work addressing with local residents and the municipal government.
Planning is well underway for the 2015 water quality program. If you're interested in assisting, here are some of the ways you can participate:
- Help to prepare equipment for the 2015 monitoring season in late April/early May
- Collect samples
- Coordinate a group of volunteers as a `Team Leader`
- Contribute to coordinated and strategic efforts within the ‘Focus Areas’ to maintain good water quality
- Become part of the program organizing committee, helping with volunteer outreach, communications and other environmental issues
Please contact the MLA office at 705-765-5723 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering in the program, if you would like to get involved in any of these additional ways, or if you have any questions or concerns.