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.
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.
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.
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.
Join us Friday Dec. 1st at the Bridgenorth Public Library for a morning of information. Doors open at 9am with intro at 9:30am. Lunch provided at 12:00. For more info go to Natural Heritage System Implementation