Volunteer Monitoring with Georgia Lakes Society Inc.'s Adopt-A-Lake Program
Stokes, Cynthia A.
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One of the goals of Georgia Lakes Society, Inc. is to encourage the cooperation and interaction of organizations, agencies, units of government, and individuals concerned with lake, wetland and watershed improvement and protection. As a means to that goal, GLS, Inc. and the EPD Adopt A Stream program developed the Georgia Adopt A Lake program designed to promote citizen involvement in learning about and protecting lakes, ponds, reservoirs and wetlands by educating volunteers about these resources and by providing them with the information and tools needed to create local monitoring programs. Volunteer groups learn the importance and methodology of collecting information on many different aspects of their lake, pond, reservoir, or wetland. Two separate levels of involvement are available, with the number of parameters measured dependent upon the equipment the group can afford and the commitment level of the volunteers. Measurable parameters may include measuring chlorophyll-a, temperature, dissolved oxygen, fish identification, fish length to weight ratios, sedimentation, phosphorus and nitrogen levels. My presentation will explain the structure of the AAL program and will follow the progress of current volunteer groups in the state.