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.
KLSA wants to know what you as members think is important to the Kawartha Lakes and is seeking your input. Your comments will help us develop projects and materials relevant to the needs, interests, and concerns of those who utilize the Kawartha Lakes. Go to the survey here.
The KLSA Spring Meeting is May 11th from 10:00 – 12:00 noon at the Bobcaygeon Arena and Community Centre, 51 Mansfield St, Bobcaygeon.
We are pleased to have Dr. Jim Buttle whose topic will be: “Lake Ice Dynamics and the Kawarthas: Climate Change at your Dock”. Hear about what other residents and Lake Associations are doing to protect and enhance the Kawartha Lakes. Printed copies of the 2018 Lake Water Quality Report will be available at the meeting, for pick-up and distribution. For an electronic view of the report “Our Kawartha Lakes: Past, Present and Future”, go to the Published Material link.
All are welcome to attend the meeting and the agenda is attached.
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.
The report on the Status of Dissolved Oxygen Levels in Pigeon, Lovesick, and Stony Lakes, by the Fleming College students Credit for Product (C4P) team, has been added to the Published Material page. This report looks at the current dissolved oxygen (DO) levels, total Phosphorus (TP) concentration, and benthic communities in Pigeon Lake, Lovesick Lake, and Stony/Clear Lakes.
KLSA together with the Queen’s University PEARL laboratory team have now released the final report on this 3 year study of sediments in the Kawartha Lakes. The report is available on the Published Material page under Publications.