Partnerships & EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Water Quality Monitoring Program Partnership with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ): LACA's water quality monitoring relationship with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) started in 2002 and remains to this day a significant partnership for our organization. LACA’s partnership with DEQ follows strict guidance and Quality Assurance (QA) measures to ensure we provide the Lake Anna watershed community, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the watershed’s three counties with a baseline of important information. LACA's Water Quality Monitoring Program follows DEQ guidance and QA procedures and is recognized as a Level 3 data provider meaning that our data can be used in water quality assessments in accordance with DEQ’s Water Quality Assessment Guidance Manual.
DEQ recognizes the significant value of citizen water monitoring programs given the resource limited environment that they operate under. In November 2018, DEQ surveyed citizen volunteer groups to identify how much money and time is spent monitoring Virginia waterways. The survey took into account costs that included monitoring budgets, paid staff and volunteer time, mileage driven to collect samples, and other monitoring expenses. The document released by DEQ is available in our Water Quality Committee library.
Water Sample Analysis at the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS): LACA maintains a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Virginia Department of General Services, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) to analyze the water samples we collect. The MOA establishes a professional services Agreement between DCLS and LACA to formalize the analysis protocols and the costs associated with the testing of water samples collected by LACA's citizen volunteers. A copy of the current MOA is available in our Water Quality Committee library.
Cyanobacteria Monitoring Program with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: The partnership between Virginia Tech and LACA began in 2019 when Dr. David Schmale and members of his team came to Lake Anna to conduct aerial water sampling specifically focused on the potential Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) issue on the lake. Dr. Schmale leads Virginia Tech's Schmale Lab, part of the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Schmale has developed technologies with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) to study microorganisms hundreds of meters above the surface of the earth. They are also using robots to track the movement of hazardous agents in the water. Virginia Tech will be analyzing water samples collected at Lake Anna (both from boats and their drones) to further this research. LACA benefits from this research as we further develop the baseline of data and information about harmful algal issues on the lake. We will keep our membership informed on this partnership through this website and regular updates in the LACA Newsletter.
Virginia Tech is also a partner on the LACA proposal for a National Fish and Wildlife Federation (NFWF) grant focused on the Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed. This grant proposal is led by LACA's Environmental Preservation Committee and is titled "Restoration of Upper York River Watershed Wetlands".
Randolph Macon College Department of Environmental Studies Program: The partnership between Randolph Macon College (RMC) Department of Environmental Studies and LACA will begin in 2020 as a research effort focused on soil and sediment analysis from various locations in the Pamunkey Branch of Lake Anna. LACA submitted a research proposal to RMC's Department of Environmental Studies program for undergraduate research starting in academic year 2020-2021. RMC has expressed a strong desire to execute this research with a student research team starting in August 2020. LACA is currently working with the RMC faculty to scope the research effort and to prepare it for presentation to the students at the beginning of the academic year. We will keep our membership informed on this partnership through this website and regular updates in the LACA Newsletter.
RMC is also a partner on the LACA proposal for a National Fish and Wildlife Federation (NFWF) grant focused on the Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed. This grant proposal is led by LACA's Environmental Preservation Committee and is titled "Restoration of Upper York River Watershed Wetlands".