The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (OLWQS) is in need of a safe and secure location for its 19-foot research boat. Boat captain Iain Fraser is fully trained at collecting water samples at four distinct spots on the Canadian side of Osoyoos lake for the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. (Photo: Neil Bousquet)

The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (OLWQS) is in need of a safe and secure location for its 19-foot research boat. Boat captain Iain Fraser is fully trained at collecting water samples at four distinct spots on the Canadian side of Osoyoos lake for the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. (Photo: Neil Bousquet)

Osoyoos-based organization ‘scrambling’ to find location for research boat

The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society needs to find a safe and secure moorage from May to October

An Osoyoos-based water quality group is asking for help after learning they can no longer store a 19-foot watercraft at the town’s Walnut Beach Resort.

The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (OLWQS) says they are “scrambling” to find a safe place to tie up its research boat from May to October.

As a result, the volunteer organization is asking for help from lakefront homeowners to solve their pending six-month problem.

“Recently, we learned that we could no longer moor our watercraft at Walnut Beach Resort and we are now looking for a new summer home for our boat and ideally secure storage for our testing equipment,” said the organization’s president Birgit Arnstein.

The OLWQS’ boat collects water data for the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change from May to October.

Every two weeks, usually on Wednesday mornings, the volunteer-based group conducts its research monitoring.

“We have always relied on the kindness of lakefront homeowners with accessible dock space and most recently the Walnut Beach Resort,” Arnstein added.

“We will also require access for our captain and trained volunteers to board and depart the boat every two weeks.”

The OLWQS says their volunteers and boat captain are fully trained at collecting samples while having full support from the Town of Osoyoos.

To learn more about the organization or to contact specific volunteers, people are asked to visit osoyooslake.ca.

The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society collects water samples every two weeks from May to October for research purposes. Executive director Anna Warwick Sears (left) boat captain Iain Fraser and president Birgit Arnstein (right), are asking for help in finding a location to tie up a 19-foot watercraft. (Photo: Neil Bousquet)

The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society collects water samples every two weeks from May to October for research purposes. Executive director Anna Warwick Sears (left) boat captain Iain Fraser and president Birgit Arnstein (right), are asking for help in finding a location to tie up a 19-foot watercraft. (Photo: Neil Bousquet)

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