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Green Service Action Award recipient Bill Landmesser monitors the water quality of Sixth and Seventh lakes in Inlet with a secchi disk that shows water clarity. (Photo submitted)

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Bill Landmesser gets Green Service Award

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Updated: 5:28 PM

By CAITLIN STEWART

Conservation Educator

LAKE PLEASANT -- The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District has presented Bill Landmesser of the Sixth and Seventh Lake associations in Inlet with the 2014 Green Service Action Award.

Volunteer water monitor extraordinaire Landmesser is honored for his dedicated efforts to protect water quality.

Landmesser has been active in the district's Volunteer Water Monitoring Program since it began 11 years ago. The purpose of the program is to identify possible sources of shoreline pollution that may not be seen in the district's annual lake monitoring results.

Volunteers are trained to use monitoring equipment, analyze water samples for pollutants, and survey for invasive plants.

"Volunteering over all these years to monitor and test the quality of our Sixth and Seventh lake waters has been interesting, eventful, fun, and worthwhile," said Landmesser. "What better way to contribute -- helping protect one of our most precious natural resources -- our lake waters.

"If we have lousy water, tourists and residents would not visit or live here. Our monitoring and testing is a team effort, so this award gladly and appropriately is shared with Rich and Andy Camarra, Dave Eichorn, Lowell McBurney, John Miller, and Jack Streb."

POLLUTION PATROL

During the summer, Landmesser dedicates his time to monitor Sixth and Seventh lakes' shorelines for pollution.

One of the parameters he monitors for is conductivity, an indicator of faulty septic systems. Landmesser keeps a watchful eye out for changes that could result in a decline in water quality.

"I have known Bill for over 11 years and can say he is incredibly passionate about protecting water quality," District Manager Elizabeth Mangle says. "He is a model volunteer and I have encouraged other lake associations to speak with him about his highly successful volunteer monitoring program for Sixth and Seventh lakes."

LEARN MORE

The district is grateful and appreciative of Landmesser's diligent and faithful monitoring. He is making a tremendous difference in the community and Hamilton County is greener because of him.

The district has worked to manage and promote the wise use of natural resources in Hamilton County since 1965. To learn more about the volunteer water monitoring program and other green services, call (518) 548-3991 or visit www.hcswcd.com.

     

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