As the title of this blog-article suggests, July is Lakes Appreciation Month! It’s in the dead of summer when most lake activities are fully ramped up. With the ongoing Pandemic 2020 the great outdoors have been a welcome distraction to some in their social distancing efforts. We fish and recreate on them, some of us even work on them. Lakes are even drinking water sources for some of us, but do we really show and advocate our appreciation for them? It’s hard to say. How is it that we even show appreciation for our lakes? Consider some of the thoughts below:
- By way of reading this article it is highly likely that you have already joined your local lake association, but have you ever looked beyond those borders? Perhaps there is a local watershed association as well. Our lakes and streams tend to reflect what is draining to them and at times lake associations can get tunnel vision, over-focusing on in-lake issues. Watershed issues can be just as vital. Involvement with both lake and watershed management creates the holistic picture.
- One silver lining of the pandemic and shelter in place order has been the spike in available online webinars at little to no cost. I’ve attended webinars as far away as the Maine Lakes Society, and while much of the material looks familiar at first glance, there is always something that can be picked up. Watch the Twitter Feed for occasional announcements.
- Check out your local volunteer lake monitoring opportunities. There is much to be learned by sitting and listening to others but getting your hands on the equipment and learning the components of the number and how the information is collected can give you new insight and understanding.
So, July is a big month; continue practicing social distancing from others, but that should be easy enough to do from your lake’s perspective, boating, kayaking, canoeing, shore fishing, etc. Consider how you can show you appreciation for your lakes and it will continue to give back to you.