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Lakes, Dams And Marina Committee

Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program


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LAKES OF MISSOURI VOLUNTEER PROGRAM


      The Lakes, Dams and Marina Committee (LDMC) entered this State of Missouri program for the first time in 2008. The program involves the collection and preparation of water samples from four of our lakes. The samples are taken 8 times a year over the period April through September from the Big Lake, Marian, Sugar Hollow and Robin Hood. LDMC kicked off the program at the half year 2008 on July 17. Collection and preparation took almost 3 hours. We were asked to take water temperatures and water clarity readings with a contraption called a Secchi disk, too!

What exactly happens to these samples ?

      The first thing that happens is that the samples must be analyzed; The University of Missouri has partnered with th State if Missouri to undertake the analysis and data collection. Samples are collected to test for nitrogen and phosphorous (nutrients), algal chlorophyll (algae growth), and inorganic suspended solids (sediment). Twice a year, the samples that LDMC has prepared (and frozen) are collected by the UofM, carried off and analyzed. The data is organized by Tony Thorpe, the program's Director. At the end of each calendar year, the data is sent to LSEA, and to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources; it is summarized and put in a form that is suitable for reporting to the U.S. Congress. The data is used to compare the “trophic status” of lakes on a nationwide basis. It's really a way to measure the “health” of individual lakes and to broadly assess how soon they are likely to “die”--or fill in with sediment and organic detritis.

 

What does this mean to Lake Sherwood ?


      The same data that goes to the DNR is sent to LSEA. So we get a compilation of our own data, and a comparison of the information on our lakes versus all other Missouri lakes that are taking part in the test series. That includes Innsbrook and Lake Saint Louis, as well as Lake of the Ozarks and Table Rock. In the first few years of the program, about all we can do with the data is to make comparisons between our own four lakes and other comparable lakes. But as the years of data begin to accumulate, we come up with some very useful data that allows us to protect our beautiful lake environment; we establish a baseline of data that is indicative of steady state conditions in our watershed.

 

      Let's say that in the future some land developer, or God forbid -- a hog farmer – creates an upstream disruption that carries down into our lakes. Our latest sampling data will highlight such pollution as fertilizer or excess sediment. The data base that we have created with the Lakes of Missouri Volunteers Program gives us a solid legal basis to stop the assault on our lake environment. And we are backed up by the State of Missouri because of the data that we have fed into the program. The LMVP not only our lead indicator, but is also our insurance – our blanket of protection against upstream pollution.

GAR 7-19-08


If you would like more information please follow this link

http://www.lmvp.org/