Water Quality and Zebra Mussel Monitoring Outing

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Water Quality and Zebra Mussel Monitoring Outing

May 26, 2015 - October 20, 2015


Come join us on the boat to try your hand at water quality monitoring! We can take up to three volunteers per trip so reserve your spot today by emailing Claire at info@friendsofkootenaylake.ca

2015 Water Monitoring Outing Dates  – Time commitment of 7:40am-12pm

  • May 26
  • June 9, June 23
  • July 7, July 27
  • August 4, August 25
  • September 1, September 15, September 29
  • October 6, October 20

Be a part of the third and final year of a three-year water quality monitoring program. The study will provide important baseline data for one of the highest populated portions of the lake and to encourage a broader and deeper understanding the lake’s ecosystem. In the first two years we captured 10,200 data points and provided one-on-one training with over 50 volunteers.

Our plan is to monitor by boat 12 times between May-October for the following parameters:

  • Chlorophyll a
  • Turbidity
  • Total Phosphorus
  • Dissolved Phosphorus
  • Total Nitrogen
  • Nitrate + Nitrite
  • Ammonia
  • Fecal Coliform
  • E.coli
  • Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen
  • Organic Nitrogen
  • Temperature
  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Water clarity

We are also teaming up with the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee to monitor for zebra and quagga mussels. These aquatic invasive species are posing a threat to many of our freshwater systems in BC including Kootenay Lake.

A special thanks to our program Funders BC Hydro, Columbia Power Corporation the Real Estate Foundation of BC, and Walmart Evergreen for making this monitoring possible!




May 26, 2015
October 20, 2015