Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Come sampling on Saturday @ Diamond Lake
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There's a pair of great events in the next few days.
The first is on Diamond Lake, shown above in a Jay Heath photo. The map above shows Franklin, the lake is just south of that town.
SDCA board members Dave and Mary Finck are running the show. Here's the skinny:
WATER SAMPLING EVENT
South Dakota monitors water quality on lakes and rivers in the state, but funding does not allow all areas to be monitored on a regular basis. The SD Canoe Association volunteers to help monitor additional sites in our area.
A club group water sampling event is scheduled at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 18. All paddlers are welcome and should meet at the boat ramp on the northeast side of Diamond Lake.
Representatives from East Dakota Water District will be there to give us instructions on how to take the samples.
Diamond Lake is in the northwest corner of Minnehaha County:
West on Highway 42 (10th Street) to Hwy 19, turn north.
North on Highway 19 through Humboldt to 244th Street, turn west.
Go west to Diamond Lake.
The turn off is between the Minnehaha Lake County signs.
Water sampling sites will be divided among the participants who are there, so the more paddlers who come, the quicker the work.
In addition, there's a Big Sioux River Clean Up set for July 22, at 5:15 pm.
We will put in at Spencer Park and take out at 14th & Cliff. Neither is the greatest access, but they work.
The Spencer Park access is off Minnesota Avenue, where you would enter for the Heartland House Christmas Light display, or for Jazz Fest. There is a parking lot immediately to the south after you enter.
Last year, Dave and I brought our canoe, and the kayakers picked up stuff and deposited it in our canoe as needed. Jay Heath attached a milk crate to his kayak so he could pick up more stuff. Garbage bags will be provided by Parks & Rec. They will also pick up the bags when we have finished.
The take out is near a parking lot on the northeast corner of 14th & Cliff. I have requested gravel from the SF Parks Dept. since it has been a muddy take out most of the year.
If 5:15 p.m. is too early, let me know. We will make arrangements with shuttle etc. to accommodate late-comers as best we can. Since clean up takes more time than just cruising, late comers can easily catch up with the group.
If interested in either event, please let us know. Email Mary or Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or let Jarett know.
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