Summer Student Week 6 Update

I can’t believe it is week 6 of my summer work term already! Time flies when you enjoy your work, and I have been having a very rewarding summer working here at the lake.

On Thursday, Tasha and I were out in the canoe for a very calm morning of water sampling. The sampling returned some surprising results, with the oxygen concentration profiles resembling those of 2013 and 2012. This may be an indication that we need to increase circulation from the pump, but we will hope for better results for the next round of testing.

I have focused this past week on combatting the litter issue around the lake. With fewer garbage receptacles at high traffic areas there has been significant amounts of litter left behind on various occasions. Until we are able to get more receptacles in place, I have spent some time working on educational resources that may raise awareness in the community. I have reached out to several environmental organizations that do great work providing these educational resources. Once I have obtained the material, I will distribute them on the website and Facebook page!

Some exciting news for the upcoming week, Nancy and myself are attending a town hall climate change consultation where we will hear from many people in the community with ideas surrounding the environment. We may even be able to speak about the work being done at our own lake to encourage others to take action as well.

And finally, building off of the success of our last Community Invasive Species Dig, we are hosting another!

WHERE: Across 82 Lorne Ave
DATE: Wednesday, August 17
TIME: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

We will aim to work at the cul de sac at the end of Lorne Ave, the last of the large areas around the lake that I have yet to tackle the Multiflora Rose. The evening time will hopefully be cooler than the last dig, and refreshments will be provided. I encourage all who are able to attend to come out as it is a great way to strengthen community relationships and many hands make light work!

I will be sending out a reminder closer to the date so be sure to mark your calenders!

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