Volunteer Data Entry and Information

Get ready to collect lake monitoring data in four steps

Step One

If you need a refresher or are just beginning your Secchi training, watch this video:

Description of the video:

hi I'm Leah Gorman I'm a master student
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in the lake management program at the
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State University of New York at Oneonta
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and today I'm going to teach you how to
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properly use of Stuckey discs for
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monitoring lake transparency
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whenever you're monitoring out on your
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boat make sure to follow all of the
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general safety protocols you always use
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while boating so wear a lifejacket and
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make sure you have everything you need
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and that it's secure in your boat for
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monitoring between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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head to the basin you're interested in
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generally this is going to be the deep
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point of your lake which will represent
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your holy conditions and once you arrive
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deploy your anchor securely so that your
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boat is as stable as possible for this
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sucky disc reading make sure you're
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measuring from the shady side of the
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boat here it would be the starboard or
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right sides don't wear your sunglasses
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these small details can contribute to an
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inaccurate reading on the rope attached
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to your succubus there will be a clear
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marking at each meter which is really
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important to use while lowering the sexy
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disc into a lot of comm so lower your
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disc slowly making sure it's going
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vertical despite any windy or wavy
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conditions and lower it until you can no
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longer see the disc here I can no longer
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see it at three meters so that's the
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first measurement and then begin to
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slowly raise it up and measure the point
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where you're first able to see it again
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here it's 2.5 meters then you take the
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average of those two numbers and you
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have your secular screening in this case
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it's two point seven five meters things
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to keep in mind while taking your sake
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disc or weather conditions if it's a
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cloudy rainy or very windy day that can
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sway your readings also who is taking a
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measurement so height from the water and
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eyesight can both factor into the
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measurement so that means that while
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monitoring multiple times throughout a
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season or throughout the year
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consistency is really important but what
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does this measurement actually mean so
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anything
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contributes to decreasing the water
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clarity will influence your secure
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eating so that can be phytoplankton
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suspended in organic materials and
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dissolves organic substances what the
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numbers actually mean so for low
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productivity lakes or oligotrophic
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you're usually going to have a greater
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than 5 meter Saeki disc for leaks in the
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middle of that means a trophic you
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usually have two to five meters and
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highly productive lake or eutrophic
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Lakes you're usually going to get less
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than 2 meters reading so just to recap
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all the steps you're going to take
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measure between 10x and 4 p.m. now don't
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wear your sunglasses lower on the shady
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side of the boat lower the disk until
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you can no longer see it and record your
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depth raise it until you can first see
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again record that depth and finally take
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the average of those two depths and you
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have your SEC Udo screaming happy
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monitoring and stay safe

Step Two

After you’ve watched the video, visit the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program simulator to practice your skills.

Go to the first simulator

Step Three

Once you have some practice, demonstrate your new skills! Visit the link below, show off your new skills, and send us a screen shot so we know you are ready to collect data. 

Go to the second simulator

Step Four

Review program-specific details in our Volunteer Lake Monitoring Manual. Download the manual, or review highlights online. You can also download our Lake Monitoring Quality Assurance Plan.

 

You are ready to collect your data!