Water Studies Plans for 2020

April 30, 2020

Our water measurements from Mattatall Lake and its surrounding watershed (see Water Quality Research: 2016-2019 in Projects&Research) have emphasized the role of phosphorus in the formation of algae blooms. To reduce the chance that algae blooms will occur in the future as they did in 2015-2017, the concentration of phosphorus in the lake needs to be kept as low as possible.

In this regard, the MLSA will continue to monitor the concentration of phosphorus (along with lake temperatures and other parameters) during summer 2020 at site M4 (see map below) which has the deepest water in the lake. These measurements are now supported by a grant from NS Environment.

The collected data will be added to our previous measurements which we have now made available through Atlantic DataStream, a free, open access portal for water quality data in Atlantic Canada. Adding our continuing data to this site will help to insure that it remains available for future investigations.