Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society looks to extend testing

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The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change requested for the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (OLWQS) to extend their testing period into October (they usually stop in September) and start earlier in May.

This year, Oct. 13 will be the last day of testing for OLWQS when the crew will go out and test the different parts of the lake.

The benefit of extending the time range of testing is that it allows the ministry to look at a broader picture of what is happening in the lake, especially with different temperatures, said Birgit Arnstein, president of OLWQS.

“As they’re looking at climate change, [they are asking] what is this doing to the salmon and other life forms in the lake and so on. So that information is valuable to them,” she added.