Baseline Water Quality Monitor Forms & Procedures
Water quality monitors receive training to become certified and follow strict protocols, ensuring the quality and high value of the data they collect. Below are instructions and field sheets used by water quality monitors.
Each spring as a volunteer you receive a packet with new field sheets, mailing instructions and personalized information, including your Secchi Simulator login.
Instructions for Baseline Monitoring
Is your Secchi reading less than 2m? Call it in to the Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) at 207-783-7733. Please include your name, lake and date of the reading.
Baseline Field Sheets
Notice Do Not Print Field Sheets on Inkjet Printers. Field sheets must be completed in the boat at the time of your readings. There is a good chance your forms will get wet and inkjet printing runs when wet. Please use a laser printer or contact the LSM office and we will gladly mail you extra field sheets.
Baseline Chemical Field Sheets (also includes DO/Temp Form)
Water Quality and Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop Schedule
Volunteer Contribution Tracking Sheet PDF MS Word
Please help us estimate the value of the contribution made by LSM Water Quality Monitors and Invasive Plant Patrollers to the monitoring and protection of Maine waters. Use this sheet (front and back) to track any time and expenses related to your monitoring and lake stewardship activity for this year.
Quality Assurance Project Plan (pdf 150k). The QAPP (“Quality Assurance Project Plan”) is a guide for proper procedures for lake water quality monitoring by volunteers in the LSM. This plan has been reviewed and approved by the U.S. EPA, and describes the LSM structure and how we assure that quality data are gathered. It can serve as an example of how a formal Quality Assurance Plan should be constructed.
Stay current with Publications including The Water Column and the Maine Lakes Report online.
Volunteers – Please consider making this appeal letter available to your lake association. A contribution from your association helps the LSM to continue to provide you with training, technical support and equipment.
Updated 2021 Maine HETL Water Tests
Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL) posts Rate Increases for 2021:
The HETL recently posted 2021 rates for sample analysis fees. Some of the fees, including total phosphorus and chlorophyll, have increased substantially. We had hoped that the increases would have been incremental over a period of seven years. Lake Stewards of Maine may be able to partially offset the rate increases for total phosphorus analysis for lakes where limited historical data are available. Contact us about this if your lake does not have phosphorus data within the past 3 years. If you have been responsible for assuming the cost of lab fees, consider asking your lake association, or the town(s) in which your lake is situated for financial assistance.
The following table of HETL analysis fees contains most of the common indicators used to assess lake water quality, including total phosphorus and chlorophyll-a: