Turkey Lakes watershed: cooperative site and research management
The Turkey Lakes Watershed Study (TLWS) was intended from the outset to be multi-disciplinary in nature which necessitated that a cooperative relationship be established among several government agencies:
- The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) of Environment Canada
- The Great Lakes Forest Centre (GLFC) of Natural Resources Canada
- The Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Science (GLLFAS) of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- The Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) of Environment Canada
- The Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) of Environment Canada
- The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR)
In order to coordinate activities among such a diverse group and maintain overall control of the study, scientific direction is provided by a Steering Committee composed of senior scientists from these agencies.
A cost-share agreement has been established among the principal federal agencies which ensures maintenance of field camp facilities and power generation, year-round access to the site, and operation of a dedicated chemical laboratory.
Various university researchers (e.g. from Queen's, Guelph, McMaster, Laurentian, Waterloo, Laurier, New Brunswick, McGill, Toronto, and Western) have also been involved in the Study. Such research collaboration is always welcomed.
Picture of Turkey Lakes Watershed access road entering the field camp just south of the basin. The CAPMoN site (sometimes called the "met" site) for monitoring meteorology and atmospheric deposition is located in a clearing on the top of the hill behind the camp.
Picture of the view of the TLW field camp as seen from the Beaver pond Aerial view.
Aerial view of the TLW field camp. Shows the large garage/workshop and various trailers and buildings for accommodation, power plant and laboratory operations.
Aerial view of the TLW field camp. Note the location of the CAPMoN/Meteorological station at the top of the picture.
The CAPMoN and meteorological station. Located on the hill adjacent to the TLW field camp.
Instrumentation sheds for the CAPMoN and meteorological station. The platform in the forefront supports the collectors for the wet-only and bulk atmospheric deposition and for precipitation quantity.
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