The Lake Vernon Association has been participating in this “citizen science” initiative since 2009 (and since 1991 for water clarity measurements). This is a program that serves to annually measure water quality annually on several metrics including total phosphorous, calcium, chloride, and water clarity (secchi depth). Each spring, lake volunteers head out to sample Lake Vernon’s water in three locations, and then send the samples to the Dorset Environmental Science Centre for analysis. Another long term volunteer measures and records water clarity at five locations around the lake. Collectively, this monitoring program helps us to detect key changes in Lake Vernon’s water quality.
For more information on the Lake Partner Program, and to view historical data: https://data.ontario.ca/dataset/ontario-lake-partner https://desc.ca/programs/LPP