Taken from NH Department of Environmental Services
Have you ever wondered how a state with over 800 public lakes and ponds and eight aquatic biologists can evaluate water quality? It would be impossible without the help of dedicated state-wide volunteers who offer their time to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES).
This network of volunteers is part of the NHDES Volunteer Lake Assessment Program (VLAP). Initiated in 1985, VLAP establishes a volunteer-driven lake sampling program to assist NHDES in evaluating lake water quality and provides volunteer monitors and lake residents with reports on lake health. This cooperative effort allows biologists and lake associations to make educated decisions regarding the future of New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds. If you wish to see the full content, please go to
Since 1982 MLPOA has participated in the VLAP Program. VLAP is a cooperative program between NHDES and MLPOA in which trained volunteers gather data on the lake. The volunteers measure a variety of water characteristics and send water samples to NHDES for chemical analysis. Sampling is done at each inlet three times a year. Monomonac Lake is currently listed as an “impaired water body” for nutrients, Chlorophyll-A, cyanobacteria and pH. (ie by chemical analysis). Impairment information may be found at