National Lake Blitz
National Lake Blitz
- Lake Blitz participants will help create a ‘snapshot’ of Canadian freshwater temperature by collecting readings at their local waterbody and by literally taking a snapshot of their location on the lake and the colour of the water in the lake
- Data will be available to Indigenous and non-indigenous community decision-makers via open-source platforms.
- Starting in May, the Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge is the kick-off event to the Lake Blitz that is open to the public to help raise awareness of the Lake Blitz. The Photo Challenge will showcase the biodiversity of Canadian Lakes and the impacts that can threaten them.
The Living Lakes Canada National Lake Blitz Project was born out of the continuing need to help Canadians understand climate change impacts on the health of our rivers, lakes, wetlands, streams, and groundwater. An annual national Lake Blitz event will help to normalize water stewardship by providing simple, accessible, and engaging community-based water monitoring (CBWM) and citizen science opportunities for Canadians. The Lake Blitz event will demonstrate that all you need as a citizen scientist is a thermometer, camera, and a body of water that you are curious about and would love to help steward.
From June-September 2021, National Lake Blitz participants from all over Canada will act together to normalize freshwater monitoring.
The aim is for the Lake Blitz to become an annual event that grows in size each year.
Lake Blitz participants will help create a ‘snapshot’ of Canadian freshwater temperature by collecting readings at their local waterbody and by literally taking a snapshot of their location on the lake and the colour of the water in the lake. Participants will be required to take photos and sample their local lake 1-4 times per month from June to September. Thermometers, detailed instructions, and ongoing support will be provided by your local stewardship group and the Lake Blitz Coordinators.
The Lake Blitz will help to encourage, empower, and equip volunteers with simple tools and techniques for gathering water data that is scientifically robust through the provision of standardized monitoring kits and instructions. Data will be available to Indigenous and non-indigenous community decision makers via open source platforms.
Living Lakes Canada also seeks to inform better partnerships and collaboration amongst established monitoring groups throughout Canada.
LAKE BIODIVERSITY PHOTO CHALLENGE
Starting in May 2021, the Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge was the kick-off event to the Lake Blitz open to the public to help raise awareness of the Lake Blitz. The purpose of the Photo Challenge is to showcase the biodiversity of Canadian Lakes and the impacts that can threaten them.
The challenge was for participants to snap a single photo, with as many plants and animals as possible, OR an impactful photo displaying human threats to lake environments, and submit it to the contest (all flora and fauna must remain undisturbed). The contest closed July 31 and winning photos will announced at the end of August, selected based on biodiversity, impact, and a public favourite. We also added a Kids' Category!
See the Photo Challenge poster with full details HERE.
LAKES APPRECIATION MONTH
While the National Lake Blitz is an opportunity to normalize freshwater monitoring all over the country, it is also a celebration of Lakes Appreciation Month. Throughout the month of July, partner groups and Lake Blitz volunteers will be publicly featured to raise awareness for the stewards of Canada's freshwater.
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- Data Sheets
- Instruction Manual
BUILDING CAPACITY FOR MONITORING GROUPS IN BC
To support the standardization of freshwater monitoring throughout British Columbia, Living Lakes Canada will work with partner organizations and provide funding, training,
and support to improve their monitoring efforts and align them with Canada-B.C. Water Quality Monitoring guidelines and objectives.
B.C. monitoring groups participating in the Lake Blitz will have the opportunity to expand their freshwater efforts in the following areas of focus:
- Invasive Species Monitoring
- Nutrient Sampling
- eDNA Sampling
- Data Standardization
- Program Audits
Our Lake Blitz Coordination Team is made up of two British Columbia residents: LLC Program Coordinators Georgia Peck and Camille LeBlanc. You can reach Camille and Georgia at email@example.com.
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News and Updates
- Snap some pics, raise awareness around Canada’s freshwater lakes – Orillia Matters, Jul 22 2021
- Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge ends July 31 – EKNOW, Jul 21 2021
- 1st Annual National Lake Blitz & Photo Challenge – Living Lakes Canada, Jun 28 2021
- Living Lakes launches biodiversity photo challenge – The Mayerthorpe Freelancer, Jun 25 2021
- Help your cottage lake: Join the Living Lakes Blitz – Cottage Life, Jun 19 2021
- Announcing the Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge – Living Lakes Canada, May 26 2021