Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2020 Secchi Dip-In!
The Secchi Dip-In is an annual event that takes place during Lakes Appreciation Month. It is an international event where volunteer monitors across North America collect a “snapshot” of the water quality in their local lakes.
The data collected are used to assess trends in transparency of waterbodies in North America. Since 1994, more than 10,000 volunteers have generated 42,000 transparency records, giving a glimpse of lake water transparency at sites across North America and the world. Transparency (clarity) is a good indicator of the impacts from human activity on the land surrounding a water body. If transparency is measured through the season and from year to year, trends in transparency can be observed. It can serve as an early warning that activities on the land are affecting water quality.
The 2020 Secchi Dip-In report can be found here.