One of our main objectives through Beaver LakeSmart is cultivating environmental stewardship while also collecting high quality data through volunteer monitoring of our lakes, creeks, streams, and rivers in the Beaver Lake Watershed. We currently have two volunteer monitoring programs, the Beaver Lake Volunteer Monitoring Program and StreamSmart Volunteer Monitoring Program.
Volunteers for StreamSmart monitor their sites quarterly during the first week of the month in February, May, August, and November. February is when we complete our winter monitoring of the creeks, streams, and rivers that flow into Beaver Lake. During the first week of February, teams of volunteers will head out to their respective streams to collect water samples, take measurements, and make field observations. Their water samples are delivered to the water quality lab at the Arkansas Water Resources Center at the University of Arkansas. There, the samples are analyzed for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, total dissolved solids, total suspended solids, pH, and conductivity. All of the field and lab data is compiled and posted under each site’s page, found here.
We still have plenty of space for monitoring teams, especially in the central and southern part of the watershed. So, if you have access to waterway within the Beaver Lake Watershed that you think would be a good candidate for the StreamSmart program or if you are interested in joining a team, you can read more about the program here or contact program director, Angela Danovi, at 479-295-7717.
by: Angela Danovi – Program Director of Beaver LakeSmart