There are several volunteer programs that benefit area water resources in Lake County. Coordination and training for each is provided by the Lake County Water Authority. Read about the programs below and let us know of your interest by filling out the volunteer form.
Storm Drain Marking
“Only Rain Down the Drain”. “No Dumping, Drains to Lake”. These are some of the messages volunteers can help get out to the public. Many people are not aware that the storm drains in their streets may carry water directly to a nearby river, lake or pond. This water does not get cleaned up before entering the water body. The markers are adhered directly to the concrete drain provide and immediate reminder that nothing but rain water should enter this drain. Volunteers will receive storm drain markers and adhesive. Completed drains are mapped using a GIS app. Marking can be done as your personal schedule permits.
Water Quality Monitoring
Lake County has approximately 1,400 lakes. Baseline data on our lakes is very important. Volunteers who have access to a lake near them can play a part in collecting this information. Volunteers will receive training on the use of dissolved oxygen and pH test kits plus the collection of additional bottle samples to be processed by the Lake County Water Resource Lab. Training takes about 1.5 hours and all materials are supplied. Samples are requested at least quarterly but can be provided to the lab as often as once a month.
The Lake County Water Authority oversees the land management of about 6,600 acres of preserve lands. Volunteers can adopt a preserve nearby. Be an extra set of eyes, ears and hands by checking the trails, refilling brochures, reporting issues and helping staff with special projects such as exotic plant removal or native plantings.