The Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations (FOCA) expressed concern that the MOE Lake Partner Program (LPP) may be in danger of the Ontario Government streamlining and cost cutting efforts, threatening the continued efforts of the LPP program. FOCA asked for support of Lake Associations and other organizations like KLSA in the form of letters to the Minister outlining support for the LPP program. See this link for the KLSA letter of support.
KLSA strongly supports the decades old, low cost programs that the LPP runs with volunteers and volunteer organizations throughout the Province of Ontario. KLSA was started after the Walkerton tragedy, in 2000/2001, by the volunteer Lake Stewards throughout the Kawartha Lakes that were already doing lake water sampling and testing through the LPP program in our area. KLSA supports the continuation of the LPP and the long term data collection on lake water clarity, temperature and nutrient loading (phosphorus concentration) in Ontario Lakes. This ongoing water quality information is critical in our area for monitoring changes in the Kawartha Lakes that could impact local businesses, tourism, property values, municipal market value taxes and tax assessments, lake capacity, and development projects throughout the area.
Your KLSA board met on November 26th with our C4P students at Fleming College in Lindsay. The board is meeting again this morning, January 25, 2019, to get an update on the preparation of our annual Lake Water Quality Report and to prepare for the Spring Meeting in early May. Look for more updates on the website and FaceBook page.
The KLSA fall meeting is Saturday October 13th at Lakehurst Community Hall, 979 Lakehurst Circle Rd, Buckhorn. See October 13 2018 poster Final for more information.
With the KLSA annual report now available and our upcoming Spring Meeting May 5th in Bobcaygeon, we just added the 2017 Report to our Published Material list, as well as the Ecoli Report 2017 – Charts of Site vs Ecoli Results for sites having 10 years or more data.
KLSA will be holding its spring meeting Saturday, May 5th, 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the Bobcaygeon Community Centre (Arena), 51 Mansfield Drive Bobcaygeon K0M 1A0. Our theme is focusing on Youth and the Environment: Teaching and Learning: an ecosystem approach. (May 5 2018 poster Final)
- “Pathways to Stewardship & Kinship” by Mr. Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Director, Camp Kawartha & The Camp Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre/Environment Centre – https://campkawartha.ca/ and
- “Environmental Education- from Toddlers to Paddlers” by Mr. Mr. Bretton Clark and Ms Briagh Hosking-Hasbury Co-founders of the Land- Canadian Adventures http://canoecampingtrips.ca/ .
Also, there will be an update on water quality in the Kawartha Lakes including a review of the E. coli measurements and other KLSA activities. All are welcome.
An electronic version of the new KLSA Lake Water Quality Report is now available under the “Published Material” link and here.
KLSA 2016 cover The KLSA Annual Water Quality Report will be available for pick up at the Spring Meeting, Saturday May 6th at 10:00 am, Bobcaygeon Community Centre, 51 Mansfield Dr, Bobcaygeon. For directions, go to Bobcaygeon Community Centre .
Here is a sneak peek at the cover of the new KLSA report, which will be available at the KLSA Spring Meeting, Saturday May 7th, 10:00 til 12:00 noon at the Bobcaygeon Community Centre (Arena), 51 Mansfield Drive, Bobcaygeon.
The KLSA 2014 report “The Nature of Our Lakes” is now available online. Go to the Published Material page and click on the link. This latest report has feature articles about Climate Change in the Kawarthas, Invasive Species, the Blue Canoe program, Goose Habitat Modification, Sewage Treatment Plants and Analysis of the Total Phosphorus Data for the Kawartha Lakes, in addition to the KLSA’s yearly E.coli and Phosphorus testing programs. Enjoy reading.
Paper copies of the report are available through your participating Lake Association, at local libraries or from one of the KLSA directors.