Living Lakes Canada is inviting Canadians to help protect their local lakes by becoming volunteer lake monitors this summer through the third annual National Lake Blitz.
As of Feb. 1, individuals can register to take part in the program, which aims to track various impacts on the country's lakes, such as habitat loss, invasive species, pollution and the effects of rising water temperatures due to climate change.
Volunteers will receive a free Lake Blitz Standard Kit, which includes a thermometer, tape measure, field guide and datasheets, with a Lake Blitz Level 2 Kit also available for purchase to allow for further measurement. Online training on how to monitor lakes will also be provided.
All data collected by volunteers will be uploaded to the Lake Blitz observation map. Monthly meet-ups and online workshops will be held featuring expert guest speakers on relevant lake monitoring topics.
For those who prefer not to get their feet wet, the Lake Blitz will also feature a photo challenge starting May 1, with categories including Lake Biodiversity, Lake Landscapes, Lake Impacts and Kids (age 12 and under).
Registration for the National Lake Blitz closes on May 1 or when supplies of the Lake Blitz Kits run out. To learn more and to register, visit LakeBlitz.LivingLakesCanada.ca or contact the Lake Blitz Program Manager at [email protected].