by Contributor on Wednesday Apr 13 2022
Summer in Canada would not be the same without access to freshwater lakes. Last year, Canada experienced a record number of heatwaves, wildfires and extreme droughts that affected lakes all over the country. Understanding the impacts of climate change on our lakes requires data collected over multiple years, but many of the two million lakes in Canada are not currently monitored. Living Lakes Canada is asking people to sign up to monitor their favourite lakes this summer as part of the 2nd Annual National Lake Blitz.
Anyone with a camera, thermometer, and a lake they care about can participate in this water monitoring program. It is a simple way to contribute to lake stewardship in Canada. If you love lake life, this program is for you.
Registration for the lake monitoring is now open until the end of May. To sign up, go to LakeBlitz.LivingLakesCanada.ca or email LakeBlitz@LivingLakesCanada.ca. Each volunteer will be mailed a free Lake Blitz Kit containing a thermometer, datasheets, a field guide, and instructions on how to monitor from data collection to data entry. Training will be provided to all registered volunteers either online or by phone.
No time to monitor? Folks can still get involved. As part of the Lake Blitz, Living Lakes Canada will be hosting the Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge which starts May 1. Submit photos of your favourite lake via the Living Lakes Canada website. Last year, Living Lakes Canada received almost 200 images from across Canada. Show us the lakes you love in your province or territory. Don’t want to enter the photo challenge but still want to share pics of your favourite lakes? Use the hashtag #LakeBlitzPhoto when you post on social media.
To learn more about the program and to register, visit LakeBlitz.LivingLakesCanada.ca or contact the Lake Blitz Coordinator at LakeBlitz@LivingLakesCanada.ca.
About Living Lakes Canada
Living Lakes Canada is a national non-profit organization based in B.C.’s Columbia Basin working towards the long-term protection of Canada’s freshwater. Visit https://livinglakescanada.ca/.for more information.
About the National Lake Blitz
The goal of the Lake Blitz is to enable people across Canada to care for and understand the impacts of climate change on our freshwater lakes.