Lake Singletary Watershed Association
Dedicated to the Preservation and Protection of Lake Singletary and its Watershed
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About Our Program
Mass WWP is a volunteer water quality-monitoring organization based at U Mass, Amherst. Their mission is to train and support volunteers to perform water quality sampling and analysis.
 
Our sampling program began in 1994 and is still going strong! Our volunteers sample every month between April and October for clarity, pH, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, phosphorus, and chlorophyll. It is important take the samples at the same location to ensure data quality and consistancy.  Sampling Locations
 
The data provides important information about the condition of our lake. Over time we will be able to look for trends to determine whether the water quality is changing.
 

Interpreting Water Quality Data
Our data has been used to help us with our Lake Management Plan. Consultants such as Gerry Smith from Aquatic Control Technology, Inc., Fugro East, Inc. (now AECOM), and Beta Engineering, Inc., have used the data, and have provided us with valuable information and interpretation to help us determine what course of action to take to protect water quality.
This page was developed to inform and educate Lake Singletary Watershed Association members about the health of our lake. References used include "A Primer on Limnology", by Bruce Monson, "Understanding Lake Data", by Byron Shaw, et al., and "The Lake Book", by Libby Moore.