Nutrient Testing

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Nutrient Testing / Florida LAKEWATCH

BBECA is planning to resume water quality data collection for inclusion into the Lake Watch data set. Interested "Citizen Scientist" volunteers should contact Rick Richbourg (cell: 407-492-3000) with any additional questions and to get involved in the program.

Florida LAKEWATCH is a citizen volunteer lake monitoring program that facilitates "hands-on" citizen participation in the management of Florida lakes, rivers, and coastal sites through monthly monitoring activities. Coordinated through the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/SFRC Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, the program has been in existence since 1986. (https://lakewatch.ifas.ufl.edu/)

Volunteers are trained to collect samples to measure nutrient levels. Requirements for volunteers:

  • Have access to a lake or water body that you wish to sample.
  • Your commitment to sample one day a month (1-2 hours) for at least one year.
  • Have access to a boat that will be used to collect water samples to test for nutrient levels
  • Be able to attend a training session on how to collect water samples (1-2 hours).