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Oregon Lake Watch Needs You!

Oregon Lake Watch Needs You!

The Oregon Lake Watch program is looking for volunteers to survey for aquatic invasive species and monitor water quality in our lakes, ponds and reservoirs. The program is administered by the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State University, and was started in 2013 to educate the public about threats of aquatic invasive species, provide early detection of aquatic invasive species, and provide long term water quality data for the better management of Oregon’s lakes and reservoirs. Funding for the program has been provided by the Oregon State Marine Board and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

In the recently released annual report, Oregon Lake Watch describes some of the highlights of the first year of the program, including training 18 volunteers to collect AIS and water quality data, collecting samples from 16 waterbodies located throughout the state of Oregon, and detecting seven different aquatic invasive species during the surveys, including four species that had not been previously documented in the survey lakes. Invasive species found included the aquatic plants Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and curlyleaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus), as well as Chinese (or Japanese) mystery snails (Cipangopaludina chinensis or C. japonica) and Asian clams (Corbicula fluminea). The water quality data collected, including water transparency and temperature, will provide a valuable baseline for determining long term changes.

To become part of the program, volunteers must attend a training session, adopt a lake, survey
for aquatic invasive species and water quality at least twice during the year, and enter their survey data on our online data entry portal. In return, volunteers are issued sampling equipment, learn valuable information about aquatic invasive species and water quality, spend quality time on their lake of choice, and will have the satisfaction of knowing they are contributing to the better management of our water resources.

Three training sessions have been scheduled for June of 2014: one in the Portland area, one in the Bend area, and one in Eugene or Roseburg area. Please visit our website (www.pdx.edu/oregon-lake-watch/) to learn more about the program, sign up as a volunteer, and fill out a survey that will help us schedule the training sessions. You can also like us on Facebook!