Update: Water Temperature Study

This past month we have continued collecting data for our water temperature study in the Cheticamp River and Cheticamp reservoir. This study is being done with our partners at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The purpose of this study is to record temperature fluctuations in the river and reservoir and determine the impact of these fluctuations on aquatic species. Below are some photos of the summer crew installing the temperature probes at various locations. The probes are installed at different depths (surface vs. bottom) and in different sections of the river (riffles, pools, runs). The probes will be collected in September. 

 

 After 2 hours of driving we arrived at the Cheticamp Reservoir, ready to install 2 temperature probes in the lake. Thank you to DFO officers for taking us on their boat to deploy the probes. 

After 2 hours of driving we arrived at the Cheticamp Reservoir, ready to install 2 temperature probes in the lake. Thank you to DFO officers for taking us on their boat to deploy the probes. 

 Deploying a (makeshift) probe in the Cheticamp Reservoir. What an adventure!   

Deploying a (makeshift) probe in the Cheticamp Reservoir. What an adventure!   

 We are very excited to introduce Sarah Lloyd (left) to our summer crew. Sarah will be helping conduct the study and also contribute to river restoration work throughout the summer. This photo was taken at the upper pools of the Cheticamp River where the team installed several temperature probes. 

We are very excited to introduce Sarah Lloyd (left) to our summer crew. Sarah will be helping conduct the study and also contribute to river restoration work throughout the summer. This photo was taken at the upper pools of the Cheticamp River where the team installed several temperature probes. 

 Deploying a temperature logger at the Barrier Falls in the Cheticamp River. Our crew was accompanied by Parks staff who helped navigate the hike to the Falls. 

Deploying a temperature logger at the Barrier Falls in the Cheticamp River. Our crew was accompanied by Parks staff who helped navigate the hike to the Falls. 

 Exploring the sights of the Barrier Falls

Exploring the sights of the Barrier Falls

 Once we install the probes we record the water and air temperature, depth of probe, GPS coordinates, and date & time of installation

Once we install the probes we record the water and air temperature, depth of probe, GPS coordinates, and date & time of installation