Volunteer Lake Monitoring
Since 1992, surface water management (SWM) has trained over 250 citizen volunteers to monitor lake water quality in 38 of the county's lakes. Currently 60 volunteers help SWM monitor 28 lakes.
For more information about volunteering, contact us at email@example.com.
Read about some of our dedicated lake monitoring volunteers in the Everett Daily Herald here.
Lake Howard Volunteers
Lake Bosworth Volunteer
Lake Ki Volunteers
Lake Roesiger S. Volunteer
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- Determine the current conditions of Snohomish County lakes
- Educate lakeside landowners on how to improve lake health
- Evaluate changes in lake health over time
- Identify problems affecting a specific lake in the early stages
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Being a volunteer lake monitor is a fun and rewarding experience. Volunteer activities include measuring water transparency and surface temperature and collecting water samples. Previous experience is not necessary; SWM will provide training and monitoring equipment.
Volunteers must be able to commit to the following:
- Have direct access to lake
- Have access to a boat and anchor
- Participate in a four-hour volunteer training (in April or May)
- Conduct twice a month monitoring May - October (30 minutes)
- Collect monthly water samples June - September (One hour)
Volunteers that have more time may also commit to measuring temperature and oxygen levels and/or taking lake level measurements.
- 2023 Mollusk Assessment
- Snohomish County Lakes Map (PDF)
- Volunteer Data Sheet (PDF)
- Sample Depths by Lake (PDF)
- Lake Level Form (PDF)
- Volunteer Monitoring Procedures (PDF)
- Volunteer Monitoring Manual (PDF)
- 2007-2022 Volunteer Newsletter Archive
- Duplicate Procedures
- Quality Assurance Monitoring Plan