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Early Fall Update from the MLRC Lake Science Manager

-Brenda Fekete, MLRC Lake Science Manager

Smoke on the water, darker mornings, the appearance of colored leaves, and the extra layer of clothes during our early morning boat rides suggests that fall is right around the corner! The WQ Initiative team is watching for the fall water profiles to replace the summer patterns.

Thank you, again, to all of our wonderful volunteers that have escorted the WQI team to the sampling sites. We will miss all of our volunteers that have headed home for the season, but sure look forward to seeing you all next summer. As for the brave, hearty folks that continue to take us out in the cooler weather, we so appreciate your help and could not complete the fall sampling without you!

Our weekly secchi disk transparencies, insitu water profiles and phytoplankton and biweekly nutrient (grab) sampling on all seven lakes will continue until fall turnover in October. We will also start the sediment sampling process next week. The Colby students have returned to campus and are working hard to complete the total phosphate/nitrate-nitrite and metal analyses. The FlowCam will remain at the MLRC lab and will be used for phytoplankton analysis by the WQI team and several Colby courses. Please come by and see the awesome pictures!

We will continue to post the weekly secchi measurements, temperature and dissolved oxygen data on the online interactive map, and the present and past data here on the MLRC website. Due to the fall season schedule, we will no longer display the data in the MLRC gallery. Please continue to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or comments about the data.

We enjoyed seeing everyone at the August 26th Water Quality Community Meeting. We look forward to seeing you at our fall presentation on October 14th at 6pm!

It was a busy, productive, and wonderful summer. Enjoy the beautiful Maine fall.