Thursday September 19, 2019

The science of our lakes – water quality analysis from our Lake Partner Program

Debbie Balika, a local biologist and former HHLPOA director, has done an analysis of water transparency and phosphorus content for us (see the attached slides).  Why are these important to cottagers?  Water transparency is monitored periodically throughout the spring, summer and fall as an early indicator of algal blooms or the presence of invasive species.  Phosphorus levels change in step with algae levels and so are important to track as well.

Volunteers with our Lake Partner program take water samples and transparency readings throughout the seasons, returning them to the Ministry of the Environment for analysis.  A great big fishy thank you to some of our volunteers – Debbie Balika, Ted Burbidge, Peter Dadzis and Mo Jansons!

HHLPOA Water quality 2009 to 2014