FOLQ performs chemical water testing of Lake Quannapowitt, which it has done for more than twenty-five years in cooperation with students from Wakefield High School and volunteers from the community.
FOLQ works with various state and local government entities to analyze the Lake’s condition. At the state level, FOLQ continue its association with the Water Watch Partnership located at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), which is responsible for coordinating volunteer monitoring programs for rivers and lakes statewide. The Partnership monitors FOLQ’s activities, provides advanced lab analysis, , and provides educational materials and instructional programs.
At the local level FOLQ works with Wakefield’s Department of Public Works in conjunction with the federally mandated storm water runoff program. Many storm drains empty directly into the Lake, carrying pollutants and nutrients from the surrounding watershed area. The long-term goal of the federal program is to reduce these unwanted materials from entering Wakefield’s rivers, lakes and wetland areas.
A continued goal for FOLQ is the completion of a database of all its testing results for the purpose of establishing a base line of information to guide future plans to improve the Lake’s condition.
Testing takes place 5 Saturdays a year, beginning in April and continuing through the warm months. The water is collected at the dock of the Quannapowitt Yacht Club and is taken back to Wakefield High School for testing for pH, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, phosphate, nitrate, chloride and dissolved solids. New junior and adult members are invited to volunteer any Saturday that testing is scheduled and will be provided the supplies and training needed in the collection and analysis of samples. Those interested in volunteering should contact FOLQ by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Secchi disk m||Yacht Club Dock||0.8||0.63||0.75||1.8||0.62||1.05||0.5||0.46||0.60||0.68||0.48||0.50||No Sample||0.53|
|pH||Yacht Club Dock||6.57||6.66||6.18||6.83||7.97||7.4||7.11||6.93||7.73||6.73||No Sample||8.8||7.22||6.85|
|Alkalinity||Yacht Club Dock||24.15||23.1||3.9||28.75||27.15||10.2||31||24.1||28.95||30.5||No Sample||33.65||25||33.6|
|Dissolved Oxygen mg/L||Yacht Club Dock||8.6||9.63||10.83||8.6||9.2||10.4||6.99||8.36||6.27||8.03||7.99||7.97||No Sample||7.68|
|Phosphate ug/L||Berm||40||120||70||185||190||130||363||120||0||117||200||180||No Sample||80|
|Phosphate ug/L||Yacht Club Dock||ND||44||46||60||43||60||70|
|Nitrate mg/L||Berm||ND||ND||0.05||ND||ND||ND||0.11||0.02||0||0.08||ND||0||No Sample||0|
|Nitrate mg/L||Yacht Club Dock||0.14||0.13||0.08||0.04||0.04||ND||ND|
|Chloride mg/L||Berm||210||291||177||223||281||273||301||273||0||204||515||191||No Sample||150|
|Chloride mg/L||Yacht Club Dock||181||179||191||187||187||197||211|
|Chlorophyll a ug/L||Yacht Club Dock||14||27||28||3||28||27||52||46||25||65||19||70||No Sample||49|
|Dissolved Solids g/L||Yacht Club Dock||-0.1||-0.09||-0.13||0.22||-0.12||0.41||0.41||0.38||0.4||0.367||0.127||0.21||No Sample||0.247|