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The Secchi Dip-In

Main Project Information
Presented By North American Lake Management Society
Goal To involve citizen scientists in monitoring the water quality of
Task Take water clarity measurements and submit to an online database

The Secchi Dip-In is a program of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). The purpose of the society is to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow.

The Secchi Dip-In was created to enable volunteers to submit water clarity measurements to an online database and see how their data compare on a variety of scales- regional to international. The program has also been utilized for volunteers to begin monitoring efforts and to increase monitoring efforts within their communities.

The Dip-In is an ongoing experiment in using trained volunteers to gather data every year. Secchi Dip-In participants include trained monitoring volunteers and individuals who are interested in citizen science or enthusiastic about lakes. We encourage anyone interested in the health of their lake or watershed to get involved with the Secchi Dip-In.

How to Join
Social Media
Required Gear

A secchi disk

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike
Class Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags accessible database, citizen science, environmental education, lake, lake and watershed stewardship, lakes appreciation month, monitoring data, secchi disk, water clarity
Project Updated 05/23/2018