VOLUNTEER LAKE MONITORING PROTOCOL FOR SPIDER CHAIN OF LAKES
Our lake monitors and residents are our eyes on and in the water! If you see any vegetation or aquatic creatures which appear 'unusual', please let us know by clicking here for SCLA's RAPID RESPONSE PLAN and giving us a call!
Pick a calm, sunny day for optimal underwater viewing. Mornings are usually an ideal timeSlowly boat in areas in your monitoring section where water depths are 3-12 feet or wherever plants are growing. This may include areas out in the lake and not just near the shoreline. Multiple trips may need to be taken in each section.
Use POLARIZED SUNGLASSES to see plants growing underwater
GPS units are available from Mary and Fred Kueffer (715-462-9480) if you find invasive aquatic plants to map
At a minimum, complete your shoreline surveys by July 6th and by Labor Day. The DNR suggests that we monitor for Eurasian water-milfoil several times per season from May to October as Eurasion water-milfoil begins growing early and keeps growing late into the fall.
Look for other things that strike you as out of the ordinary: plants, snails, freshwater jellyfish, zebra mussels, etc.
Click for the current SCLA Rapid Response Plan HERE.
Please report to email@example.com (715-828-1878) the date, your volunteer hours, and findings and type of boat that you used.