May 23, 2004


I spent all day yesterday at water quality school.

In the morning was the refresher course for local lake coordinators of the NH Volunteer Lake Assesment Program. Sounds impressive, but VLAP is just a deal where a bunch of guys, and the occasional woman, get together on a Tuesday morning, head out onto the lake on a couple of pontoon boats, and then fill a bunch of plastic bottles with lake water, which I then drive to the DES lab in Concord so it can be sliced and diced to add numbers to a 20 year long history of data about the quality of the lake water.

Then yesterday afternoon some new folk arrived, and joined those of us from the morning who have way too much spare time, and we were all entertained by the annual training for the Lake Hosts program. That's the one where we hang out at boat launches and teach people how to spot exotic invasive weeds that are hitching a ride from lake to lake on their boats and trailers. And get bit by a lot of mosquitos.

I'm being a bit flippant about these. They are both for good causes, but if it hadn't been a gray rainy day, it would have been a disappointing way to spend a Saturday.

They did have good banana bread at the morning session.

Posted by jackhodgson at May 23, 2004 06:26 PM