UNH Hosts Lakes Lay
Monitoring Program Conference July 16
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
July 14, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- The NH Lakes Lay Monitoring Program (LLMP), run
by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, is hosting
an anniversary celebration and conference Friday, July 16, 2004
in recognition of more than 25 years of volunteer monitoring.
Citizen monitors past and present, as well as community decision-makers, lake
and watershed association members and anyone interested in New Hampshire lakes,
are invited to attend.
The conference takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Barton Hall on the UNH
campus. Cost is $20 per individual or $35 per couple, and includes lunch.
The agenda includes an overview of LLMP, as well as talks on what has been learned
about New Hampshire lakes and future directions for monitoring. Afternoon break
out sessions offer the opportunity to tour the LLMP lab as well as learn about
the “weed watcher” and “lake host” programs or the watershed
For more information, contact Holly Young at 603-862-1564 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakes Lay Monitoring Program
LLMP Fast Stats
• Program started in 1978
• Current active volunteers: 500
• NH sites monitored since 1978: 200+ (multiple test sites at large
• Annual volunteer hours donated: 1500+
• UNH student interns employed by LLMP each summer: 12
• Cash contributions from towns and lakes associations to LLMP for
travel, student labor, lab supplies, postage: $30,000/year
• Average savings per town: $8,000/year
• Water samples collected annually: 5000+
• Provided a model for similar programs in 35 states and 12 countries.
The UNH Lay Lakes Monitoring Program (LLMP) started in 1978 as
a field limnology project for students in the biological sciences.
To expand its reach and impact, in 1979 the project began recruiting
local citizens who live around lakes and have a vested interest
in their water quality.
Jeff Schloss, who has coordinated the LLMP since 1986, currently
holds a joint appointment as a research scientist in the UNH Center
for Freshwater Biology and as a water resources specialist with
UNH Cooperative Extension.