Volunteers honored for water-sampling efforts

Volunteers honored for water-sampling efforts

Source: Daily Inter Lake
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The Whitefish Lake Institute recently honored longtime Northwest Montana Lakes Network volunteers Lynn Maas, Ann Grant and Jim Grant with a Volunteer Service Award.

The three have been a part of the Friends of Lake Mary Ronan since its inception. The Grants began collecting water quality samples for the Northwest Montana Lakes Network 2010. Through the Friends of Lake Mary Ronan, the Grants and Maas also took the initiative to expand their sampling work and requested assistance from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s Volunteer Monitoring Lab Analysis Support Program. The group received funding for a short-term, intensified lake and stream sampling plan to identify nutrient sources and ultimately help reduce the likelihood of algae blooms. They collect monthly water samples from April through October to evaluate water quality of Lake Mary Ronan and its inlet and outlet streams to estimate the relative contribution of pollution sources in the watershed.