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Celebrating 30 Years!

The Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program is 30 years old! We will be honoring our volunteers with a special celebration on Thursday, October 20, 2022.

New LMVP Documents

2022 LMVP Sampling Schedule


There may be thousands of these tiny animals in a gallon of lake water! Thank goodness.

closup of a daphnia

Aquatic Fungi

Yes, we have fungi in our lakes, and some of them can swim!

2020 Data Report Available

Spring 2021 Newsletter

A summary of 2020 sampling and tips to help make your samples count.

Map showing the 115 lake sites monitored by Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program participants during 2020

2020 Sampling Update


Goose poop in lakes, what could go wrong?

Missouri's Lake Volunteers Collect Great Data!

Our typical volunteer has over 200 hours of experience collecting and processing water samples

LMVP volunteers monitoring another algal toxin

We are now measuring cylindrospermopsin concentrations in many Missouri Lakes

Tracking Lake Stratification and Turnover

We have some new tools for measuring water temperature at different lake depths

Is it a Lake or a Pond? How do you tell the difference?

We'll try to answer this age-old question once and for all!

What's happening at the lake's surface?

The next time you are paddling around a lake or pond, take a closer look at the surface of the water, especially near the shoreline. You will be surprised at what's going on!

Measuring Algal Toxins in Missouri Lakes

See the results of the 2015 algal toxin monitoring and phone apps for lake lovers.

Make your own swing sampler!

Tired of lying down on the pontoon boat to collect a water sample? This easy to make device keeps your belly dry!

Instructions are available here.

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LMVP Sample Sites

Lake sites indicated by red dots currently have volunteers. Sites with grey dots do not.

Region VII, US Environmental Protection Agency, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act
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