Conservation- Lakes Region Conservation Corps
LRCC members work closely with the Director of Conservation throughout the AmeriCorps term. LRCC members conduct water quality monitoring as long as weather, water, and ice conditions are safe. While there is still open water, members travel to the thirteen monitoring sites by boat to gather water samples and take measurements. Once ice has set up, usually by mid-January, members trek to our winter water quality monitoring sites where they drill a hole through the ice and take samples and measurements. Members also venture out on the lake immediately following ice out to gather water quality data. These late fall, mid-winter, and early spring monitoring events are new to the SLA, and help us deepen our understanding of water quality in Squam. LRCC members potentially monitor water quality in Squam Lake tributaries throughout the year.
LRCC members also support the updating process of the Squam Watershed Plan in a number of ways. Members may overview land cover maps to ensure we are using accurate data to estimate water quality and inventory stream/road intersections, culverts, and other potential threats to water quality throughout the watershed. Members may also dig into zoning ordinances and tax maps for watershed towns to better understand current development and potential build out in the future. Work performed on watershed plan projects help develop recommendations and actions to protect Squam into the future.
Over the course the year the SLA staff and LRCC members collect data and information on SLA's recreation and conservation initiatives. The information collected in the summer must be analyzed, synthesized, and reported to the public. AmeriCorps members gain experience analyzing data and writing reports for use in the non-profit sector.