Annual Spring Meeting
KLSA’s Spring Meeting is on Saturday May 4, 2013, 10:00 am til 12:00 noon, at the Bobcaygeon Community Hall (the Arena), 51 Mansfield St. For directions, click here. Bring your questions, bring your neighbours.
The new KLSA “2012 Lake Water Quality Report” will be available for pick-up as well as free copies of the new algae guide, “The Algae of the Kawartha Lakes”. Speakers will focus on the content of the Lake Water Report and topics include: Restoring the Mississauga River Domain, Big Cedar Lake Milfoil Project, Harvesting Lake Nutrients and A better understanding of Algae Growth to name just a few. This Spring meeting has been very popular in the past and you can see from the info below that last year there were around 120 attendees.
This meeting is open to the public. Bring your questions, bring your neighbours. See you there.
If you want an early look at the KLSA 2012 Lake Water Quality Report, click on the link in the left side column to download a pdf version.
2013 Volunteer Water Testing Instructions
Complete instructions for the summer 2013 E.coli and Phosphorus testing are available on-line. Click here for the testing instructions. Please note the additional instructions for Eastern Kawartha Lakes and SGS Lakefield Lab in Annex A and additional instructions for the Western Kawartha Lakes and CAWT Lab Lindsay in Annex B. The E.coli Log for this summer and sample letter for notice to property owners is at the end of the instructions. Have a great summer of testing at your lake.
The Algae of the Kawartha Lakes
The KLSA 2012 Algae Guide is being distributed and copies will be available for pick-up at the KLSA Spring Meeting, May 4th in Bobcaygeon. Pick up extra copies for distribution to members of your local lake association. Let Ann Ambler know your association and how many copies you want to pick up at the meeting by emailing her at the contact us email. To view an on-line version click here. This project was made possible by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which in 2010 supported KLSA in yet another water quality collaboration: a three-year program of research and education concerning algae in the Kawartha Lakes. This project was designed to increase our communities’ knowledge and capacity to protect the Kawartha watershed.
Take the Algae Guide Survey
After you have looked through the new 2012 Algae Guide, KLSA would like you know what you think by having you take a very short survey about the Guide. Please click here to go to the survey. We appreciate your feedback.
New: Weevil Guide
Check out our new Guide to the Milfoil Weevil. Can this tiny insect be the answer to controlling invasive Eurasian milfoil? Click here for the full report. The Spring Meeting in Bobcaygeon, May 4th will have a presentation on the Big Cedar Lake Milfoil Project.
Algae: Too Much of a Good Thing?
Our 2011 annual report is ready! Click the left side link to download the 2011 Annual Report: Algae: Too Much of a Good Thing? With 74 pages illustrated and packed with ground-breaking research on algae, milfoil weevils, sewage treatment plants, lake water analyses, lake management planning, flow rates, shoreline landscaping, and much more.
If a blue-green algae bloom is suspected, the Peterborough County-City Health Unit recommends residents assume toxins are present, avoid using the water and call the Ministry of the Environment Spills Action Centre at 1-800-266-6060. http://pcchu.peterborough.on.ca/
Water Soldier Invasive in Trent River
Sturgeon Lake Management Plan
Kawartha Conservation has information about the SLMP on their website at http://www.kawarthaconservation.com/sturgeonlake/index.html
Colour maps of the Kawarthas
Check pages 39 to 43 of the 2009 Annual Report (left sidebar). Developed for us by Fleming College students, these dandy new maps show geology of the watershed, and sources of peak water flow in summer and in winter. How much water drains in from the low-phosphorus Canadian Shield land to the north? How much from the agricultural land to the south? The results are surprising. You can print these maps at home.
Lindsay storm sewer outfall report
Released April 2010. There’s a summary version in our 2009 Annual Report: A decade of stewardship (on the sidebar at left.) Click here for the full scientific report prepared for KLSA by Fleming College students. Is human sewage reaching the Scugog River, the source of Lindsay’s drinking water?
Who we are
The Kawartha Lake Stewards Association is a nonprofit, completely volunteer organization of cottagers and year-round residents formed to monitor the water quality of the Kawartha Lakes.
How can we help you?
Founded in 2000, KLSA represents 24 cottager associations on more than a dozen lakes along the Trent Severn Waterway. KLSA partners with three levels of government as well as local businesses.
With help from studies by:
-Dr Paul Frost, David Schindler Professor of Aquatic Science, Trent University
-Dr. Eric Sager and colleagues at Trent University’s Oliver Ecological Centre, and
-partnerships at Fleming College in Lindsay, KLSA is doing ground-breaking research on invasive plant species, sources of nutrients in the lakes, and other areas of emerging concern. Public education has become a key part of our work. In the meantime, our core testing programs for bacteria and total phosphorus continue.
Every year we publish a well-received report describing our test results, research programs, and related information about our watershed. To view these reports, click on one of the links at the left of your screen. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you would like to become involved.
In 2008, Cottage Life magazine recognized our efforts with its Green Cottager award. To read all about that click here.
KLSA is grateful for funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to support its new 2010-2012 algae research project in the Kawartha Lakes.