Squam has a solid coat of ice already. Rockywold Deephaven has already harvest ice for next summer (read more about that here). And the SLA has begun its second winter season of monitoring water quality through the ice. We have long history of 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.
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. 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.
More about Winter on the Ice and Monitoring Water Quality:
- SLA's Ice safety protocol .
- Winter Water Quality Monitoring Instructions
- NH Fish and Game's brochure on ice safety
- Adopt a monitoring site for the winter: Volunteers can commit to monitor one specific site on Squam or Little Squam. Site must be monitored at least once per month.
- Monitor several sites or different sites: These volunteers can commit to multiple adventures on the ice throughout the winter. They provide backup to our volunteer that monitor specific sites, and help us cover more areas around the lake.
- Join our Lakes Region Conservation Corps (LRCC) to monitor sites: Our LRCC AmeriCorps head out on the ice weekly to monitor water quality sites. Volunteers can join our AmeriCorps members to learn about water quality on Squam. This is a great option for volunteers that are interested in learning more about ice safety and water quality.
We are scheduling training sessions for Winter Water Quality Monitors! Contact SLA AmeriCorps Program Manager Emily Gross to learn more.