LOPA offers its membership and the community at large many different ways to contribute to the preservation of Onota Lake beyond monetary donations by volunteering a few or sometimes many hours of individual time and effort. The following list is not an exhaustive list, but rather highlights some of the major LOPA volunteer activities:
Water Quality Monitoring
Five or six times per season, LOPA takes in-lake water samples and data measurements to obtain values for temperature, acidity, water clarity, total phosphorus, chlorphyll and dissolved oxygen. This data is gathered at four different sites on the lake - near the inlet, near the outlet and at the deep holes in the noth and south basins. Each session takes two people and takes two to four hours. Additionally, one (or sometimes two) people take similar water quality samples and data at the lake's four main tributaries and at the outlet stream below the dam.
Macrophyte (weed) Monitoring
Annually, LOPA conducts a detailed assessment of the lake's macrophyte community by surveying 40 sites around the lake to determine plant species, coverage and density. This job requires a little easily acquired on-the-job training and is normally accomplished by two or three teams of two or three people with each team spending approximately three hours on the water.
Water Chestnut Hand-pulling
For the past several years, LOPA volunteers have been hand-pulling the invasive weed Water Chestnut (trapa natans) from the area north of Dan Casey Causeway in an important attempt to keep it from getting into the lake proper. This activity usually involves three or four teams of two persons each in small boats/canoes pulling and bagging the weeds. It normally takes two to three hours on a weekend morning in early August with a clean up in September if necessary.
Burbank Park Clean-up
For the past nine years, LOPA has organized and conducted a hand-labor clenaup of the Burbank Park area and its shoreline. This activity takes place in mid-May and involves two or three organizers and a willing group of volunteers spending two to three hours on a weekend morning.
Obstruction Buoy Placement and Retrieval
LOPA has for many years assumed the responsibility for putting in and taking out the obstruction buoys warning of the old roadway separating the north and south basins, the sandbar in the north basin and the submerged rocks around the island in the southwest corner of the lake. This activity takes three to four people working from boats and usually takes two to three hours twice a year (before Memorial Day and after Labor Day).
For more information on any of these volunteer opportunities please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.