In 2019, we decided to have regional get-togethers so volunteers could meet each other and the HAB program leadership. They proved to be very popular and useful.
Of course, we could not get together in 2020, but with the COVID restrictions relaxing, especially in outdoor settings, the HABs team recently set up four regional “happy hours” to have some fun and meet one another. This year we again have about 120 Pure Waters HAB shoreline monitors, but we also invited other water quality volunteers—CSLAP, stream sampling, and invasive species.
Many thanks to our four “hosts”: Barnstormer Winery, Bottomless Brewing, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, and Climbing Bines Hop Farm and Brewery. We were able to schedule our events on evenings they were open with music and food trucks.
Very positive feedback from the volunteers who attended. We all learned a lot from each other and perhaps even made some new friends (or at least acquaintances). Being able to meet other people, who are also concerned about the lake, is another benefit of volunteering with Pure Waters. Please consider joining us, we have a few gaps to fill, especially in the southern half of the lake.