Secchi Dip-In Data Update

The 2021 Secchi Dip-In officially starts this week! WQX Upload Update NALMS is ready for this year's Lakes Appreciation Month and the Secchi Dip-In! In preparation, intern Leah Hicks spent the past few weeks quality-assuring data submissions in the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System (AWQMS). A submission of all data from previous Dip-In events was made to the Federal Water Quality Exchange (WQX) and is now available for the public to view! A total of 10,589 results were uploaded, bringing the overall number of results in the AWQMS and WQX databases to 128,715 ...

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NALMS Internship Opportunities

NALMS is accepting applications for two internship opportunities: NALMS Policy Internship The intern will work with the NALMS Policy and Communications Committees to support the process of writing white papers and developing policy recommendations regarding the following topics: Climate Change Impacts on Lake Ecosystems, Lake Watershed Management, Cyanobacteria Management, and Urban Lake Management. An integral component of the internship will be taking the lead in writing a white paper and developing policy recommendations regarding one of the topics ...

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2020 Secchi Dip-In Update

With support from a USEPA Exchange Network grant, NALMS partnered with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Gold Systems, and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies to upgrade the Secchi Dip-In database using the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System (AWQMS) and Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) Lake Observer mobile app. These existing data entry and database management tools have been customized for Dip-In use and to make data publicly available through the AWQMS database, USEPA’s Water Quality Exchange (WQX), and the Water Quality Portal (WQP), a water ...

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NALMS Supports Secchi Day on Beaver Lake

On Saturday, August 17, 2019, Beaver Water District held their 14th annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake! We were very excited for NALMS to have such a significant presence at this year's event. Our President, Sara Peel, was able to attend to show our support. In addition, the NALMS/Secchi Dip-In booth was manned by our Past President, Reed Green, and past Region 6 Director, Brad Hufhines. This year's event was the largest ever with over 800 participants. This number represents participants at the festivity (723), plus a record number of volunteer science teams (38) that ...

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Looking Back on Lakes Appreciation Month 2019

As it does every year, we blink … and Lakes Appreciation Month, celebrated annually in July, is over! With ever-growing threats like climate change, invasive species, growing population, and more … it’s never been a more important time to bring the issues that affect our freshwater resources to the forefront. All life needs water; let’s not take it for granted! Highlights from Lakes Appreciation Month 2019 include: Our members and supporters got the word out for Lakes Appreciation Month by hosting lake shoreline clean-ups, Lake Appreciation community ...

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Participate in the 2019 Secchi Dip-In!

It’s summer and that means it’s time to head to your favorite lake or pond. What better way to kick things off than to take part in the annual Secchi Dip-In? You’re invited to celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month in July by participating in the 2019 Secchi Dip-In! This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Dip-In and the 154th anniversary of the first use of the Secchi disk by Father Pietro Angelo Secchi. We’re making changes to update the Secchi Dip-In website and database, so please note other ways you can contribute to the database while we work to ...

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Lakes Appreciation BINGO

In honor of Lakes Appreciation Month, we were proud to partner with our friends at Earth Science Laboratories to create a fun, kid-friendly game that helps raise awareness of lakes and the issues they face. From ESL: "Our lakes are such a valuable resource. They provide water, energy and enjoyment. This simple “bingo” game is designed to stir creativity, curiosity and action. So, dive right in! Your participation and interaction will push awareness about lake issues to the forefront. It’s reminder for us all to pause and appreciate something we often take for ...

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Lakes Appreciation Month Contest Alert

Our good friends over at Princeton Hydro are putting on a contest in honor of Lakes Appreciation Month! Want to win a free one-year NALMS membership AND a $100 Amazon gift card? Of course you do! HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST: During the month of July, get out on your local lake and take a few Secchi measurements. Snap a photo of yourself in action and post it to Facebook or Twitter using #LakesAppreciation and tag Princeton Hydro (@PrincetonHydro on Twitter!). (Note: Your account or post must be public for us to view your entry.) Submit your data to NALMS ...

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Take the 2017 SDI Participant Survey!

YOU'RE INVITED to tell us what you think by taking a survey (11 multiple choice questions & 2 comment boxes)! Identification and prioritization of improvements depends on your feedback.   THANK YOU for your interest and participation in past Secchi Dip-In activities! Your participation gathering water transparency measurements is an invaluable part of the effort to monitor lakes around the world.

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NPR’s Here & Now Highlighted National Lake Appreciation Month

Steve Lundt, a Water Quality Scientist (Metro Wastewater Reclamation District in Colorado, USA) and a NALMS Certified Lake Manager (CLM), participated in an NPR Here & Now segment (aired around 1:45 pm on July 13th, 2017) highlighting National Lake Appreciation Month & the Secchi Dip-In!   If you'd like to hear audio from the segment (approximately 9 minutes, 18 seconds), visit http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/07/13/favorite-lakes   The photo of the Secchi disk used on the segment's website was provided by current Secchi Dip-In Program ...

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