Water Monitoring Overview
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FOCA Lake Partners Program (LLP)
The Federation of Ontario Cottagers' (FOCA) Lake Partner Program is a province-wide, volunteer-based, water-quality monitoring program.
Under this program, samples for the analysis of total phosphorus, calcium and chloride are taken from the lake each May and sent to the Dorset Environmental Science Centre for analysis. Secchi disk readings to determine water clarity are sent at the same time.
SLCO Water Testing
SLCO volunteers also monitor total coliform (TC) and E. coli (EC) at eight sites on Skeleton Lake three to four times per year. Temperature and Secchi disk readings are taken at the same time. Sampling locations remain consistent as much as possible to provide long-term records from which trends can be identified.
Phosphorous, Calcium and Chloride
Phosphorous, calcium and chloride were traditionally collected once per year, usually at the centre of the lake. In 2021, testing was increased to four other locations, with all tests taken at the same time. SLCO is still waiting on 2021 results. (No tests were taken in 2020.)
SLCO Testing - Results
Clarity and Water Temperature
For the Lake Partners Program, Secchi testing is completed in the middle of the lake during May. Readings are taken in other locations three to four times per year along with temperature, total coliform and E. Coli.
|2021 Dates:||June 28||July 25||August 20||Sept 30|
Total Coliform and E. Coli
Algae blooms are caused when phosphorus levels rise in combination with elevated coliform counts and warmer temperatures.