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Iowa Great Lakes looking for volunteers to help clean up water

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Spirit Lake, Iowa - (KTIV/KUUO) - The Iowa Great Lakes are looking for some help to clean up their waters.

A water quality monitoring project in the Iowa Great Lakes is putting out a call for some volunteers.

The Cooperative Lakes Area Monitoring Program, or CLAMP is looking for people that have access to boats that would be willing collect water samples two to three times a month during the summer.

"There are certain locations where we have samples taken. They measure temperature, water clarity and oxygen," said Jane Shuttleworth, program coordinator.

They bring the samples back to the lab.

Some of them need processing because we measure the algae in the water sample.

The rest of the analysis is performed by Dennis Himedahl a chemist in the water chemistry lab."

Equipment for gathering the samples is provided.

Shuttleworth says those interested in helping out are asked to attend one of several training sessions at Lakeside Lab.

They're scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and again on Monday.

Shuttleworth says they've started a blog that contains results from previous years of monitoring.

It, along with more information about the CLAMP program, can be found online at lakesidelab.org .

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