The measurement was submitted by text message at 7:10 am Central Time for Hastings Lake, near Lindenhurst, Illinois. Hastings Lake is a natural, glacially formed lake in the aptly named Lake County, Illinois, just north of Chicago. This lake, which is roughly 80 acres in size, is located in the Hastings Lake Forest Preserve, a public park offering walking trails, picnic shelters, a playground and fishing.
The LOCSS gauge (pictured above) is located near a fishing pier on the western edge of the lake. This pier is a popular spot, and we have received many lake height measurements from this location. In fact, in 2019 we received a total of 118 lake height measurements for this lake. That number is even more impressive when you consider that a LOCSS gauge was not installed in the lake until May 14, meaning that those 118 measurements were submitted in just the final 232 days of 2019.
We are very excited to have received 5,000 lake height measurements. This enormous amount of data is extremely useful in helping us understand our study lakes. But we couldn't do it without volunteer citizen scientists and local partners. In the case of Hastings Lake, we could not have done it without local partners Alana Bartolai from Lake County Health Department, Holly Hudson from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and staff from the Lake County Forest Preserve District, not ot mention the numerous citizen scientists who have submitted measurements.
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