We constantly talk about how phosphorus impacts our lakes but sometimes we forget it is not the only thing. MVCA recently released the 2013 OFAH Invasive Results report. This report covers 130 lakes in the conservation watershed and it seems that Sharbot Lake is not one of them. In our last AGM they had a representative attending hoping to find volunteers to join the program as Sharbot Lake is a large body of water.
Recently I signed up to the Invading Species Watch and I will be starting this summer for the East Basin. We are presently looking for a volunteer who will be willing to join the program for the West Basin to ensure that both basin are covered in future reports.
This is a free, volunteer based lake monitoring program for aquatic invading species. It is an initiative of the Invading Species Awareness Program, which is a partnership between the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR).
The program offers local residents, cottagers, and property owners the unique opportunity to monitor their lakes for the presence of aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels and spiny water flea at a minimal cost.
How does the Invading Species Watch Program Work?
- Interested volunteers should contact the Watch Coordinator in early spring to be added to the list. The number of monitoring kits is limited so contact as early as possible.
- Volunteers will receive the monitoring kit and instruction manual through the months of early July to September. Collection of water samples may take up to four hours per lake depending on the size of the lake.
- Volunteers simply follow the instructions in the information kits provided by the OFAH and take water samples of their lakes using plankton tow nets.
- Samples are then shipped to OFAH for analysis to detect the presence or absence of larval forms of aquatic invasive species. Volunteers are then notified of the results.
- Participation in the program is FREE but volunteers are responsible for purchasing a bottle of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to preserve the samples and sending the samples back to the OFAH office for analysis.
For more information go to http://www.invadingspecies.com/get-invo ... h-program/
Sharbot Lake Property Owners' Association