IUKA – Organizers hope free breakfast and T-shirts will draw boaters and volunteers out for Tishomingo County’s Second Annual Secchi Day to test water clarity.
The event is being held at J.P. Coleman State Park on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., said Delta Datsis of the county Soil and Water Conservation District.
Several dozen boaters have already signed up to help take water quality measurements on Pickwick Lake and Yellow Creek, Datsis said, but more are welcome.
Other volunteers without boats are needed, as well, as part of the team on each boat.
“Each year volunteers all over the United States measure water clarity in 10,000 lakes, rivers and streams,” Datsis said. “Last year was our first year to participate, but we plan to continue each year and add other waterways in our area.”
After breakfast, boaters will launch out to designated sites where the teams will lower a Secchi Disk on a measuring line into the water.
The 150-year-old instrument – a black and white disk – is lowered into the water until it disappears, and the depth where it can no longer be seen is recorded.
Over time the recordings will show how well the local waters are faring with regard to how clear they are, Datsis said.
Displays also will be set up by a number of exhibitors, including Tishomingo County Master Gardeners, Tennessee Valley Authority, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, Tishomingo County Soil and Water Conservation District, Mississippi State University Extension Service and others.
The event also includes free music, breakfast and a T-shirt. Registering ahead of time assures that Datsis will have enough shirts and the right sizes for everyone who participates.
“We had a very successful day last year and we hope it is going to be bigger and better this year,” Datsis said.
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