Volunteers sought; boat rides promised

Volunteer Brian Faltinson captains the OLWQS's research vessel. The society is looking for a few deckhands.

The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society has three new board members — and an experienced crew to help them learn the ropes.

The local labour of love — some members have been at it for up to a quarter of a century — still needs a little help, though, the society putting out a call for volunteers to help man the society’s research vessel.

“We need more volunteers. It’s a society that’s been going for over 25 years, so a lot of our volunteers are at the point of wanting to retire,” said president Birgit Arnstein in a phone interview.

 “One area where we need immediate help is with our pontoon boat and lake testing. We require volunteer crew members — some with a power boat certificate — to take water samples from five areas of the lake during the summer months.

“It’s not a big deal — you learn how to do the testing. It’s a wonderful ride in a boat.”

Because of the lake’s high water levels, the vessel is not yet in the water.

“We can’t get the boat underneath the bridge right now,” Birgit said. “(But) the lake’s coming down quite dramatically. The moment the lake is down enough for the boat to go under the bridge, then we’ll put the boat in the water.”

Until then, like the rest of us, the society can only contemplate what flooding has done to the lake’s ecosystem.

Residents interested in supporting this worthwhile community effort by volunteering their time can contact Colin directly at colin_maccrimmon@msn.com for more information.

Meanwhile, the society’s board will get to work organizing efforts.

The three new members include Scott Edwards, Julie Umberger and David Smith. They join an experienced board of directors consisting of Birgit Arnstein; Liza Jensen; Neil Bousquet and Colin MacCrimmon.

“I’m excited to have such an enthusiastic board of directors with a broad-base of experience that will allow OLWQS to continue to play an important role in protecting Osoyoos Lake and the numerous challenges it faces,” said Birgit.

The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society was founded in 1991 by community members to promote public awareness of the lake, covering issues such as invasive species, conservation, pollution and lake management. It is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers.

 You can learn more about the society at www.osoyooslake.ca.

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