Instructions for this year’s volunteers are available here and from the Resources link above. There are special Covid-19 instructions from the SGS Lakefield Lab for pick-up and drop off of sample bottles. Follow the instructions for ordering bottles 3 days in advance and the SGS Chain of Custody forms and bottle labels will be included with the order. Make sure you state that the order is for KLSA when sending your email order to Kim. This form must be submitted with your water samples when delivered to the SGS Lakefield Lab. The summer 2020 E.coli water sampling starts on July 2nd.
The new KLSA 2019 Annual Water Quality Report, “Climate Change and Citizen Science in the Kawarthas” is now available on the Published Material page. The printed copies will be back from the printer late this week. KLSA Bd members will be making arrangements for distribution and pick-up by lake associations at set locations in the area. More to come on locations, date(s) and time(s) for pick-up.
Researchers at the University of Ottawa are undertaking a public survey on the TSW communication efforts and priority setting. KLSA believes that lake ecosystem health and performance assessment monitoring is a key priority. To fill in the survey, here is the link:
Your KLSA board met remotely on April 15th and decided to cancel the Spring meeting and have the Fall meeting and AGM on Saturday Oct 3rd. from 10 am to 12 noon. The 2019 annual report printing is being delayed til mid June so copies will be available prior to July 1st. Here is the new cover for the report coming soon.
The Support KLSA page has just been updated with a new 2020 donation form and the ability to donate by cheque or E-transfer.
While we are all dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, KLSA chair Bill Napier has been busy getting this report on climate change ready. Climate Change and the Kawathas report. This Report was prepared by the KLSA Board of Directors for the benefit of our members and the seasonal and permanent residents of the Kawartha Region. Board members Dr. M. Dolbey, Ms. S. Gordon-Dillane, Ms. C. Lee, Messrs. T. McAllister, B. Tregunno and E. Leerdam provided their review and comments on the Report. We are appreciative of the external reviewers; Drs. P. Sales, E. Spence, B. Cumming and L. Hulett, and Ms. A. Currier and Ms. S. Fera for providing their valuable comments.
Come to Trent University Gzowski College Rm 114, Thursday Mar 12 at 7:30 PM for a presentation by Dr. Paul Frost and others on the threats to our water bodies. More info.
KLSA has been asked by the Kawartha Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association to help getting information to the public about the Feb. 8, 2020 Conference at Fleming College Frost Campus in Lindsay. Additional information on the poster.
Starry Stonewort, an invasive form of algae, is affecting two areas on Ston(e)y Lake. This algae, that looks like a weed, forms a tangled mat and can take over shallow areas of a lake. Fragments can spread and be transferred to other areas by boat traffic. For more information and map of infested areas, see this Special Alert.