Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program

The destruction of aquatic ecosystem health and the increasing water scarcity, are in my opinion, the most pressing environmental problems facing human kind.
— Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians

A dedicated group of lake association volunteers are committed to monitoring water quality that promotes healthy lake ecosystems and environmental management. There are currently 15 lakes now doing monitoring and this has grown from an initial 5 from when the program started in 2012.

Each lake monitoring volunteer are trained and collect data either monthly or bimonthly prior to it being submitted to the Department of Environment and Local Government (DELG). This data together with information on climatic events at the time will help to paint a picture of New Brunswick lakes and the impact of climate change on lake health. Many lakes have experienced increasing water temperatures and lower water levels which can and, in some incidents, have contributed to blue-green algae colonization. The program also utilizes underwater cameras to document changes in lake vegetation along the shoreline.

Education of residents is foremost in the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program and centers around utilizing phosphate free products, promoting septic system health and mainlining shoreline vegetation to prevent run off as well as avoiding putting any additional strain on already compromised ecosystems.

The Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program was the initial focus of the NBALA, whose focus has expanded to other areas of interest in preserving the health of New Brunswick lakes.