D.O./Temp. Water Quality Monitor Forms & Procedures
Dissolved Oxygen/Temperature 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 Dissolved Oxygen 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 DO Monitors
The following table is to be used by volunteer lake monitors who measure temperature and dissolved oxygen (DO) levels in their lakes. This information is supplemental to material presented during DO training and certification workshops, as well as instructions for the calibration and operation of individual dissolved oxygen meters.
Is your Secchi reading less than 2.5m? Call it in to LSM at 207-783-7733. Please include your name, lake, town, and date of the reading.
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 data forms.
Dissolved Oxygen Form Instructions
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Attention DO & Temp Lake Monitors: Is your DO meter in need of a check-up?
Don’t miss out on MeterFest 2021!
If you think your Dissolved Oxygen (DO) meter would benefit from an annual checkup, we highly recommend sending your DO Meter to our annual “MeterFest”.
Maine DEP and LSM staff offer our Certified DO Volunteer Monitors the opportunity of a FREE annual checkup of their equipment. We will check the functionality and accuracy of your meter, perform routine maintenance, and if necessary, diagnose and resolve minor problems, and provide you with a report of our findings.
Because of challenges raised from COVID-19 and the implementation of social distancing, MeterFest 2021 will be similar to the 2020 approach, but over a shorter time frame. In order to reduce transmission of the virus, all meters must be shipped to the Department of Environmental Protection office in Augusta, preferably such that they arrive the week of April 12th. Please include this required form, along with your meter.
Please contact us by email (preferred), or by phone at 207-713-1770 to let us know that the equipment is coming.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for a free check-up of your DO meter!
Water Quality and Invasive Plant Patrol Workshops
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.