Surrounding Judit Horvath, FortisBC (seated) are (L-R) OLWQS BOD members Iain Fraser, David Smith and Julie Umberger.

Judit Horvath, community and indigenous liaison at FortisBC dropped by the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society’s pontoon boat to present the society with a $3,000 cheque that will be used for the purchase of new water measurement equipment.

“FortisBC was impressed with our springtime shoreline cleanup involving elementary school children; with our painted yellow fish, and with our ongoing water quality measurement program,” says OLWQS Treasurer, Julie Umberger. “They really like the community involvement and public education endeavors that we undertake, as well as the fact that our entire Society operates solely with the aid of local volunteers.”

Adds, Umberger, “This cheque will help fund a new, state-of-the-art HYDROLAB H4 probe that we have on order. This probe and its accompanying software will allow us to upload measurements simultaneous and accurately for dissolved oxygen, temperature, conductivity, and pH at various levels at numerous locations around Osoyoos Lake. We then forward this data to the BC Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in Penticton (we have been doing this since 1992), and to OASISS (Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society) in Summerland.”

Meanwhile the OLWQS pontoon boat will also be used to test for Zebra Mussel larvae using Veliger testing with a Plankton net.

“The Veliger sampling program for Invasive Mussels is our newest undertaking, in concert with OASISS, to monitor Lake Osoyoos for the presence of Zebra and/or Quagga Mussels.”