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Lake Monitoring

With great foresight, elected officials recognized the need to protect Hamilton County’s vital water resources, and the Board of Supervisors contracted with the District in 1993 to conduct a comprehensive lake monitoring program. Our residents, economy, and ecosystem depend on clean water for drinking, recreation, and flourishing flora and fauna. Decades of consistent lake data collection is essential to the effective analysis of long term trends. Tax payer dollars are saved when a water quality problem is detected and remediated in its early stages.

Twenty-one Hamilton County lakes are monitored once a month from June through August at their deepest point. A YSI probe is lowered at 1 meter increments to the bottom of each lake, collecting pH, conductivity, temperature, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen data. Transparency is measured with a secchi disk.  Water samples are collected for alkalinity, aluminum, calcium, chloride, chlorophyll a, nitrates, phosphorus, and sodium analysis.

For more information about our lake monitoring program access The State of Hamilton County Lakes: A Statistical Analysis of Water Quality Trends 1993 – 2003.

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This program is made possible by funds from the Finger Lakes - Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance

Volunteer Water Monitoring Program

The purpose of this program is to identify possible sources of shoreline pollution that may not be seen in the District's lake monitoring results. Volunteers are trained to use the monitoring equipment, analyze water samples for pollutants, and survey for invasive plants. Contact the District if you would like to become a volunteer.  

The District’s accomplishments would not be possible without the support of the State of New York, Hamilton County, and FLLOWPA.