Water sampling volunteers are the vanguard of lake protection. With eight sample sites on the lake and 35 more on tributary streams, volunteers who gather and analyze water samples provide scientific data that tell us about the trends in different sections of the lake and allow us to identify problems before they become expensive clean-ups. And the work is fun.
Testing is slightly different for lake and streams; but areas of interest may include phosphorus levels, dissolved oxygen, water clarity and more. Choose a sampling area that you are familiar with or wish to learn more about. The NLRA will show you how to gather samples and analyze them. Give yourself an excuse to get out on the lake and along the streams. You will be amazed by how much you learn about the watershed and you will quickly understand how important this work is.
The 8 sites on the lake are as follows:
Help keep track of the water flowing into our lake!
The tributary sampling sites encompass all 8 subwatersheds and 16 different rivers and streams, as well as a few unnamed brooks:
- Black Brook (2016 Highlights)
- Cockermouth River (2016 Highlights)
- Hardy Brook
- Atwell Brook
- Dick Brown Brook (2016 Highlights)
- Fowler River (2016 Highlights)
- Bog Brook
- Clark Brook
- Brock Brook
- Patten Brook
- Georges Brook (2016 Highlights)
- Cilley Brook
- Frett’s Brook
- Hemlock Brook (2016 Highlights)
- Tilton Brook (2016 Highlights)
- Whittemore Brook (2016 Highlights)