The Jody Connor Memorial Fund was established in 2012 in honor of the late Jody Connor, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Limnology Center Director (1986 – 2011). Jody was a dedicated and conscientious public servant who strived to use sound science to help protect and preserve our lakes and their watersheds. He was a man who lived for lakes. In his role as Limnology Center Director for NHDES, Jody was in charge of many programs that relate to monitoring, protecting and enhancing the lakes and ponds of New Hampshire. He committed over 30 years to the State, working on lakes, and his accomplishments are diverse and notable.
On July 30, 2012, NHDES dedicated the Jody Connor Limnology Center as a tribute to the man who lived for lakes. At that time, many private citizens made contributions to a fund in his name. This fund, managed by NHDES, will provide small grants to volunteer monitoring groups to purchase lake monitoring equipment. The goal is to provide these groups with a means to monitor lake quality and/or enhance their current lake quality monitoring regime. Preference will be given to basic sampling equipment purchases for routine volunteer lake quality monitoring. Also, preference will be given to collaborative efforts between monitoring groups in close geographical frameworks.
The basic equipment package should include the following:
- Deep Water Sampler: referred to as Kemmerer, Van Dorn, Beta, and Horizontal Samplers etc.
- Secchi Disk
- Viewscope or Aqua Scope: to view the Secchi disk
- Calibrated Line: usually braided polyester line with metric markings; make sure the line length is equal to or longer than the maximum depth at the deep spot.
Advanced sampling equipment could include a plankton net, dissolved oxygen, temperature and/or conductivity meters. Advanced equipment requests should be accompanied by a detailed justification and monitoring plan designed for equipment use. Advanced equipment may also be obtained via the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Equipment Loan Program. EPA annually accepts applications from volunteer monitoring groups that would like to conduct enhanced monitoring activities. For additional information see the link under Grants/Loans.
NHDES anticipates that most awards will account for no more than $500 each, exceptions may apply for advanced equipment; however the maximum award amount is $1,000. To apply for a Volunteer Monitoring Equipment Grant, complete the necessary forms below. Submit applications to NHDES, Jody Connor Limnology Center c/o Sara Steiner, 29 Hazen Drive, PO Box 95, Concord, NH 03302-0095. Electronic submissions may be sent to [email protected] with subject line: Volunteer Grant Application. Application deadline March 31, 2014. Awards will be announced in April 2014.
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