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Update from the MLRC Staff – Fall 2017

– Written by Brenda Fekete and Logan Parker with photographs by Logan Parker

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 a change in seasons is just around the corner… although last week’s summer temperatures caught us by surprise!

We had a wonderful group of nine Colby interns this year. Their work on the lakes, in the lab, in the MLRC Gallery and at Camp Tracy was very much appreciated. All of their efforts in collecting weekly secchi disk transparencies, Insitu water profiles for temperature, dissolved oxygen and pH, phytoplankton analysis and biweekly nutrient (grab) sampling on all seven lakes allowed us to watch the well- mixed spring profiles turn into the stable, stratified summer patterns that still are being recorded to date.   Anoxia in Great Pond, upper Long Pond, Salmon and Messalonskee (Oakland) was observed about two weeks earlier than last year and continues to exist. East Pond has struggled with several blooms this year, but Salmon Lake has not. Gloeotrichia and metaphyton observations on Great Pond and Long Pond appear to similar that of 2016. Summer research intern, Clara Lawry, joined us on the water and created a series of videos detailing some of the tools utilized by the research team this summer.

35606911961_b2506f5fd9_zThe cooler, wetter weather pattern has made sampling a lot easier than the drought conditions we experienced in 2016! Logan and I will continue to sample each of the seven lakes until fall turnover in November. We will also start the sediment sampling process next week. We plan to continue to work on the shoreline mapping with the Colby drone pilots. They have worked out a lot of the kinks and are flying as often as weather and schedules permit.

35895409872_04a5fdfe06_zThe HOBO sensors used to monitor temperature and light at a one meter depth at each of the Gloeotrichia observation points were removed last week. This data, combined with the volunteer data, will be valuable to Gloeotrichia studies at Bates and Colby Colleges. Our Colby team collected measurements on all seven lakes this year and we expanded our monitoring sites on Great Pond and Long Pond. Thank you, again, to the Belgrade Lakes Association and all of our volunteers that continue to help us with this very important project! P.S: we would love to add more observation sites next season… please do spread the word!

The pressure transducers were removed from The Serpentine last month for data collection. They are recharged, redeployed and will remain in The Serpentine until November. The FlowCamVS 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 interactive map, and the present and past data on our Water Quality Data page. Please continue to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or comments about the data.

Thank you, again, to all of our wonderful volunteers that have escorted the WQI team to the sampling sites throughout the summer! 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!

35766225281_6ba2edc0e0_zOur summer lecture series has wrapped up after a very successful season of lectures, workshops, and events. We are grateful to the many authors, guest lecturers, and collaborators who made the summer programming such a success. Special thanks to the Belgrade Lakes Association for generously sponsoring many of this year’s events. Although our summer programming has come to a close, there is still plenty of reasons to keep an eye on our Events page. We are continuing to offer programs and workshops at the MLRC throughout the fall and winter. Upcoming events include lectures presented by the Belgrade Historical Society, an advanced bee-keeping workshop, ArcGIS training courses, and village-wide events such as Harvest Fest and Holiday Stroll.

It was a busy, productive and wonderful summer. Enjoy the beautiful Maine fall! Believe it or not, we are already gearing up for winter sampling…

A special aside: Wishing Logan and Hallee all of the best on their wedding this October!

Role changes at the MLRC

Picture: Logan Parker (left) and Brenda Fekete (right).

The Maine Lakes Resource Center (MLRC), home of several local environmental groups, announces the appointment of Brenda Fekete as Interim Executive Director/Lake Science Manager.  Ms. Fekete has served as Lake Science Manager for the last two years, working with Colby College faculty and student interns on collecting data from all of the lakes in the Belgrade Lakes Watershed and analyzing the data at the Colby College facilities and in the Colby wet lab at the MLRC. She will continue as Lake Science Manager and Interim Executive Director with the help of Logan Parker, whose responsibilities have expanded to Director of Programming/Assistant Lake Science Manager.

The Maine Lakes Resource center is organizing and adjusting staffing to meet anticipated needs and challenges of the future.  The organization has retained a development consultant and plans to hire a permanent executive director.  Kathi Wall, former administrator of the MLRC, has elected to step down her level of involvement.  She developed parallel programming around the intersections of science and the arts at the MLRC Annex. The Annex, which was an extension of the MLRC located in a separate building adjacent to the Belgrade Lakes Post Office, will now be operated separately by Kathi Wall as a creative center.

For more information about the MLRC’s staff, click here!

 

Water Quality Update – November 2016

The beautiful and unseasonably warm fall has allowed us to sample two weeks longer than last year, but it is time to call it a season and bring in the boats! Although only the deeper sites in Long Pond and Messalonskee Lake have not experienced fall turnover, we have collected our final water profile, grab sample, and secchi reading from each of the ten sampling sites. We have also finished the sediment sampling on all of the seven lakes. A big thank you to the volunteers that braved the colder fall weather. We could not have finished our sampling effort without you! Due to the lack of ice, were unable to collect winter samples last year. We are crossing our fingers and hoping to get the snowmobiles out this year!

larchinserpThe off season will be very busy with water and sediment sample analysis (at Colby), data analysis, comparison of 2015-16 data, lake remediation meetings and logistics for winter and spring sampling. Stay tuned for another community update meeting in the spring!

Goldie was removed from Great Pond on November 7th. She will be cleaned up and on display in the MLRC gallery throughout the winter season. The Goldie website is a great place to find a summary of the data that she collected from May through early November.

Another place to find the water profile data collected from May through November is right here on MLRC website. I have recently posted the final data set for each of the seven lakes. I have displayed the data in a fall season profile to make the progression towards lake turnover easier to see. The Interactive map also displays the most recent data for each of the sampling sites.

The FlowCam will remain in the Colby Water Analysis Lab at the MLRC and will continue to be used for phytoplankton analysis by the research team. Feel free to stop in and look at the awesome pictures if you happen to be in the gallery while we are working!

It was great seeing new and familiar faces at the October Water Quality Community Meeting. The Colby Capstone students will be presenting their exciting lake data on December 6 at 1pm in the MLRC gallery. Hope to see you then!

_dsc6147Very bittersweet… the colder temperatures required lots of layered clothing, but the beautiful fall colors and lake wildlife that was enjoyed while sampling will be missed! It was a great 2016 season!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season! Bring on the snow!

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