Volunteer: Winter Water Quality

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Meet at the Squam Lakes Association. Volunteers and SLA AmeriCorps will drive separately from the SLA to the water quality site. 

About the Day: Volunteer with LRCC members for an afternoon of water quality monitoring! Volunteers will help take temperature profiles, water samples, and ice depth measurements while learning about water quality and ice safety.

As always, this work is weather dependent. Should any changes to plans arise, we will provide updates. We encourage help from volunteers who love the outdoors, enjoy hands-on conservation work, and are excited to work with our LRCC members!

What to Bring: Volunteers should bring water and weather-appropriate clothing. Masks are optional outdoors. Walking on the ice can feel chilly even with the slightest wind so bundle up! Click here for information on the best clothing for winter excursions. 

Want to Join? If you want to join for winter water quality monitoring please email volunteer@squamlakes.org with the number of volunteers in your group (limited to three) and the date you're interested in joining. If Tuesday's don't work for you we're happy to coordinate a different day of the week! We will respond to your email to confirm your registration. Registration will close 24 hours prior to the volunteer day. Winter water quality monitoring days are limited to three volunteers.

More about Winter on the Ice and Monitoring Water Quality: 


What's Going on Under the Ice?

The SLA has a long history of summer water quality monitoring on Squam- nearly 40 years! So we have a pretty good idea of conditions in the warmer months, but lack data about what happens to our water quality under the ice. 2022 is our fifth year monitoring water quality in the winter months. 

Our Winter Water Quality Monitoring is volunteer-led program and a citizen science opportunity. Unlike our summer monitoring, which requires a boat, our winter program volunteers access the lake on foot or skis. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill, trained by SLA's team of conservation professionals. We are working with property owners around the lake to gain access to key monitoring sites. A map of all our monitoring sites can be seen here.