An Opportunity for Action - A Lake Health Action Plan
In the fall of 2020 our lake association was presented with a unique opportunity to be a part of an extensive environmental project, one that would give us a chance to identify the causes of the overgrowth of weeds and blue-green algae blooms in our lakes and help develop a strategy to reduce them.
This project was coordinated by The Land Between, a provincial charitable conservation organization and supported by:
The Land Between applied for the majority of the funding for this project from a federal Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF). These supporting organizations made pledges of significant financial/in-kind contributions of staff time and expertise, specialized equipment, access to data bases, and grant money.
The involvement of Parks Canada and the CRCA, who govern changes along the Rideau Canal and its shorelines, would ensure that an action plan will be feasible and effective. The involvement of the DCLA would ensure that in-depth water quality research will be focused on our lakes, providing us with the science needed to develop an effective action plan for improving lake water quality.
The cost of the research and an action plan was $46,000 of which the DCLA would need to contribute $6,000. A combination of a few fundraising activities and the generous support of our nembers and community resulted in us raising over $10,000 for this cause. This money remains dedicated to environmental improvement projects in and around our lakes.
We are currently supporting Watershed Canada’s Love Your Lake and Natural Edge Programs.
By the end of 2023 the entire shoreline of Dog and Cranberry Lakes will have been surveyed and every property owner will have access to a personal, confidential shoreline assessment/plan for improvement and access to technical and financial assistance should they choose to implement the plan.