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A Guide to Citizen Science at the Lake

February 2018 – FOCA is pleased to release our newest publication, a digital production about the importance of citizen science and considerations if you want to undertake sampling at your waterbody. Download the Guide:

FOCA Citizen Science Guide (PDF, 52 pages)

This Guide was produced by FOCA in response to member inquiries about what kinds of water monitoring can be done, and how.

Chapters include:

  • why monitor?
  • how to classify your lake
  • designing a water sampling program
  • and more!

ALSO: The Guide includes 2 appendices with:

  • an overview of Ontario Citizen Science Monitoring Programs (including online links), and
  • an introduction to invertebrate sampling and identification.

We encourage members to circulate your own printed copies of the Guide, or link back to this webpage from your Association website.

In the News: 

October 2, 2021 – ‘People protect what they love’: citizen scientists collect and share data on watersheds in the Skeena, B.C. region (Narwhal)

July 10, 2020 – This isn’t the time to let environmental protection and monitoring slip; Reliable datasets are needed to effectively model and predict what the environment’s future will look like (CBC News)


Michelle LewinA Guide to Citizen Science at the Lake