University of Missouri researchers hope to sample 100 lake and stream sites on May 7 by using “citizen scientists.” Several members of the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program (LMVP), Missouri Stream Teams, Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance and the Kayakswarm have committed to help, but additional volunteers are needed.  The goal is to collect 100 water samples throughout the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, the Niangua and Little Niangua rivers and their tributaries.


University of Missouri researchers hope to sample 100 lake and stream sites on May 7 by using “citizen scientists.” Several members of the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program (LMVP), Missouri Stream Teams, Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance and the Kayakswarm have committed to help, but additional volunteers are needed.  The goal is to collect 100 water samples throughout the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, the Niangua and Little Niangua rivers and their tributaries.

“These samples will provide us with a snapshot of water quality” says Daniel Obrecht of the LMVP.  “The data should show us how water quality changes as we move from the upstream end of the river near Interstate 44 all the way to the Lake of the Ozarks.” Obrecht hopes that involving citizens in the collection of water quality data will promote water stewardship throughout the region. Samples will be processed and analyzed by University of Missouri employees as a part of the LMVP.

A 20-minute training session is required before participating. The first training opportunity will be Tuesday, May 3 in Lebanon between 3 and 7 p.m. at the Bennett Springs State Park Lodge. The second training opportunity will be Wednesday, May 4 at the MDC office in Camdenton between 3 and 7 p.m. Training will consist of site selection and sampling instruction. No prior experience is required.

According to Tony Thorpe of the LMVP, the event was designed to allow plenty of flexibility to accommodate busy schedules. “Participants can sample anytime between 7am and 5pm on May 7. Just make sure to get the samples to us between 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Our lab staff will take it from there.”