Kawartha Lakes Paleolimnological Study


KLSA with our partners, Trent University and Queens University (Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab) have initiated a new study entitled: Kawartha Lakes Paleolimnological Study Collection, Analysis and Age-dating of Sediment Cores: “Understanding past to plan for the future”. We are collecting and analyzing sediment core samples to determine the range of variability in vegetation and metals accumulation over the last 200 years. In 1986, MOE collected sediment cores in Sturgeon and Rice. The study concluded the greatest sediment accumulation rates occurred during the last 50 years (1930s to 1980s). Nutrient loadings accounted for most of the additional accumulation, giving rise to accelerated eutrophication of the lakes (this report is on the KLSA website – see Figure 6). If the trend is still occurring, Lake Managers can use this information in setting realistic mitigation targets for aquatic systems. Three have been selected: Cameron Lake, Upper Pigeon and Stony Lake. See the attached map. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

William Napier's photo.

Spring Meeting May 7th, 10:00am

KLSA will be holding its spring meeting Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 am until noon at the Bobcaygeon Community Centre (Arena), 51 Mansfield Drive Bobcaygeon K0M 1A0.

The theme of the meeting is “Diversity Defines Us” Presentations include:

  • “Starry Stonewort: The Invasion of Lake Scugog: History, Status and Update” by Dr. Ron Porter, Chair, Science and Monitoring, Scugog Lake Stewards and
  • “ What do you mean? The Land Between” by Ms. Leora Berman, Chief Manager, The Land Between Organization.

Also, there will be an update on water quality in the Kawartha Lakes, the annual lake water quality report will be available and other KLSA activities. For directions to the Bobcaygeon follow this link Bobcaygeon Community Centre (Arena)

Spring Meeting Saturday May 7th.

Saturday May 7th at 10:00am is the KLSA Spring meeting. Put that date on your calendar and plan on joining us at the Bobcaygeon Community Hall. More details will follow.

You KLSA Board has been busy with meetings at Fleming College Lindsay in late November to review the progress on the project students were working on in the C4P Credit for Product program. The board met again on Feb. 6th to review the annual report progress and plan 2016 activities including the May 7th meeting.

The 2015 Annual Lake Water Quality Report will be published later in April and available at the May 7th meeting. Watch for notice of it here and on the Facebook page.

Monitoring and Sustaining the Health of the Kawartha Lakes