Despite the pandemic, the BCLSS was able to continue offering our programs in 2020, although slightly modified. In response to provincial restrictions, and to ensure the safety of our volunteers and staff, the start to our regular programs was slightly delayed. By adjusting lake monitoring programs, establishing COVID protocols for fieldwork, and adapting our BCLSEI program, we were still able to work with provincial lake stewards in a hands-on, yet distanced way. This year also offered the opportunity to build our online educational resources.
Our 2020 accomplishments:
- 26 lakes visited under the BC Lake Stewardship Engagement Initiative.
- 29 lakes monitored by volunteers and supported by the BCLSS.
- 6 lakes monitored by BCLSS for the BC Long-Term Lake Trends program.
- 6 lake reports written for different lakes throughout the province using data collected by committed volunteers. Visit our library for reports on your local lakes.
- Conducted LakeKeepers training at East Barrière Lake.
- Proclamation of July as Lakes Appreciation Month.
- Organized the BC Secchi Dip-In for the 18th year. Once again, Gun Lake had the deepest Secchi reading at 22.8 metres! The full Dip-In report is available here.
- Led a review of 10 years of water quality monitoring data collected by a BCLSS member group.
The BCLSS continues to be inspired by our volunteers that are committed to their lakes. We welcome new members and volunteers to join us in 2021 to work towards our vision of clean, healthy lakes throughout British Columbia.
Thank you to our funders that make our programs possible: The BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and LUSH.