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.
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 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.
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.
Instructions for this year’s volunteers are available here and from the Resources link above. There is also a separate SGS Chain of Custody form for printing. This form must be submitted with your water samples when delivered to the SGS Lakefield Lab.
2018 Volunteer Instructions
SGS 2018 Chain of Custody Form