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Phase 4: Implementation
We are currently in the fourth and final phase of Lake Sustainability Planning. Implementation of the Kashwakamak Lake Sustainability Plan, (which was approved unanimously at the 2016 AGM), began in 2017. KLA members received a Lake Sustainability package in June 2017 which included: a printed copy of the plan along with key Lake Sustainability information, (Boating Etiquette, Protecting our Loons) and an important flyer and information on Septic Systems). The KLA’s hope is that this information will sit on every coffee table on the lake and garner good discussion!
Additional printed copies of the Lake Sustainability Plan are available for $10 a copy. Please contact Judy McIntyre, 613-336-2882 or email
The final, approved Kashwakamak Lake Sustainability Plan is also available online.
Phase 1: Research
The proposal to begin a lake sustainability planning process, (also known as “lake planning”), was approved at the July 2011 KLA Annual General Meeting, (AGM) with the understanding that the plan would need to be approved by the KLA membership once it was completed.
Following the July 2011 AGM, the volunteer Lake Sustainability Planning committee was set up. This dedicated group of volunteers started the process of gathering information from the community to understand the key values and concerns. They drafted and conducted surveys with the KLA members and the surrounding lake community, as well as a separate survey with local businesses. The key purpose of the surveys was to find out what people valued about the lake community and what their issues were. The survey ran from late summer to the end of 2011. The results of this research was presented and discussed at the 2012 KLA AGM.
Following the survey, the Lake Sustainability Planning Committee began the endeavour of capturing what we know about the lake in a “State of the Lake Report.” The purpose of this report is to let us know where we are at a given time and place – a benchmark that can be used for reference moving forward.
Highlights of the ‘State of the Lake Report’ were then presented at the July 13th 2013 AGM. The full State of the Lake Report as well as a summary of the report are available on line. This was the first step in preparing a lake sustainability plan.