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Dr. Gregory Boyer, "New York’s Citizens State-Wide Lake Assessment Program"Campus Calendar

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: 110 Moon Library

Event Description: In 1985, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Federation of Lake Associations established a cooperative citizens-based monitoring program to monitor and track lake water quality throughout New York State. Starting with 25 lakes and 100 volunteers, this Citizen State-wide Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP) now includes more than 230 lakes and 1,500 volunteers. Volunteers are trained in sampling techniques and samples are collected monthly between June and October. On-site measurements include water clarity and temperature. Additional samples are collected for certified laboratory measurements of nutrients (N,P), pH and algal pigments. Starting in 2011, this program was expanded to include the cyanobacterial toxins that potentially impact human health. In addition to providing a rapid monitoring and alert protocol for the protection against CyanoHABs, information from the CSLAP program is being used to meet Federal Requirements for Lake Assessment and develop state-wide nutrient criteria that can be used as guidance for lake remediation and protection.

Emily Stephan

Sponsor: Hydrology & Biogeochemistry Seminar

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