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Lake testers in need of help


Looking for volunteers


August 09, 2010
STURBRIDGE —A few volunteers are still needed to assist the Sturbridge Lakes Advisory Committee and Conservation Commission with the annual lakes monitoring program.

For the last seven years, a team of residents led by former Conservation Commission member Dr. David Mitchell has inspected the water quality and overall health of Sturbridge's six great ponds — Big Alum, Walker Pond, East Brimfield Reservoir or Long Pond, Cedar Lake, Leadmine Pond and South Pond or Quacumquasit Pond.

Each year, teams follow GPS coordinates to the same location in each body of water and test the clarity at various depths and conduct a battery of other tests that help keep track of characteristics such as dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, phosphate, zooplankton and chlorophyll in the water, all of which contribute to the health — or potential lack thereof — of underwater habitats, and can help track effects human habitation is having on the lakes as well.

With this year's monitoring set to begin this weekend, officials are still looking for a few more helping hands to round out the teams.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, volunteers will meet at the Town Hall and proceed to Big Alum Lake for the first tests.

The second locale on the schedule is Long Pond at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Long Pond is the only remaining location where use of a boat has not yet been offered to the monitoring team.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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