LOCSS has begun working with citizen scientists and local partners to begin studying Half Moon Lake, just east of Edmonton, Alberta. The lake has been a part of Lake Watch, a volunteer based water quality monitoring program administered by the Alberta Lake Management Society (ALMS). Recently, a staff members from ALMS reached out to the LOCSS team to discuss the possibility of incorporating some of their study lakes into the project.
Half Moon Lake was an ideal choice for our first study lake in Canada. As a part of the Lake Watch program, this lake has been monitored for many years. A Lake Watch volunteer, Richard Normandeau, does regular water quality sampling, and monitors its lake height changes with a lake gauge. Richard was excited to participate as a LOCSS citizen scientist and will now be reporting lake height data for both Lake Watch and LOCSS.
We are extremely excited to begin studying lakes in Alberta. Canada has more lakes than any other country in the world, and it is an area we plan to expand to in the coming years. So please keep an eye on our website as we hope to soon have additional lakes in the region.
We are very excited to begin our work to better understand Half Moon Lake. And we are extremely fortunate to be able to partner with Alberta Lake Management Society and citizen scientists such as Richard.
We share stories about the lakes in our study, our partners and volunteer citizen scientists, as well as interesting results from our research.