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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. Here’s a list of our implementation activities to date:
New for 2022: The Natural Edge Program
As part of our continued focus on Lake Sustainability, and in follow up to the 2020 Love Your Lake Shoreline Assessment, the KLA is encouraging property owners to take advantage of an exciting (free) opportunity available through The Natural Edge Program. It is a Not for Profit shoreline naturalization program available to property owners in our area to plant native trees, shrubs, groundcovers, wildflowers, and grasses along the water’s edge. Some property owners on the lake took part in this great program in the past.
As you know, shorelines are among the most important places on earth for wildlife. Healthy layers of shoreline vegetation benefit wildlife, protect our Kashwakamak Lake shorelines from degrading, and support natural processes that are essential to maintaining our healthy lake!
Review your property’s 2020 Shoreline Assessment Report and determine if this program is for you.
Contact https://naturaledge.watersheds.ca/contact/ now to make a booking for the summer of 2022.
In addition, starting in early 2022 we will start a 5 year review of the Kashwakamak Lake Sustainability Plan. This will include a survey which will give us a pulse check on important issues and identify any new issues that weren’t included in the Lake Plan in 2016.
2021: Each individual property owner received a copy of their individual shoreline report this spring. The KLA received the Kashwakamak Lake Values Survey/Lake Summary Report in December 2021. This report will help the KLA determine opportunities for restoration, education, and stewardship on a lake wide level. Over the winter months, the Water Quality & Shoreline Protection & Health Sub-committee will be carefully reviewing the final report, and make recommendations to the board for possible shoreline stewardship initiatives for 2022 and the years following. We are hoping to get a LYL presentation included as part of our 2022 AGM so members can get their questions answered. Click the image to read or download the Kashwakamak Lake Values Survey/Lake Summary Report.
2020: The KLA Board agreed in 2019 to implement the Love Your Lake Shoreline Assessment. The LYL program promotes shoreline stewardship and supports the implementation of Issue 3 (p. 20 of the Lake Sustainability Plan) “Protect, maintain and improve the water quality of Kashwakamak Lake” and Issue 6 (p. 25) “Increase community awareness regarding shoreline protection and health.” The LYL program helps shoreline property owners protect and restore their shorelines and maintain their property in an environmentally responsible way, thereby improving the health of their lake. Our LYL shoreline assessment took place over 13 days in July 2020. In all, 595 properties were assessed totaling about 46 km of shoreline on Kashwakamak Lake.
2018: The KLA assisted the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s (MVCA ) in distributing 886 free trees and shrubs to property owners as part of the efforts being taken to maintain and enhance the lake water quality and shoreline. Part of the action plan included shoreline tree and shrub planting in 2018.
In June 2018, the Flora & Fauna sub-committee launched the online survey Let’s Get Tracking! It’s an on-going, online database to track plants and wildlife. It will help the KLA track threatened or endangered species, as well as keep an eye on species of “special concern”. People are also asked to email their photos, along with the date they were taken to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get started here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KLATracking
Background: 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.
Click here to learn more about How it works.
The Natural Edge program can provide you with:
- A free site visit to discuss shoreline concerns, provide recommendations, and assess planting conditons;
- A personalized planting plan, including photos of selected planting areas and ideal plant species;
- Free resources to ensure that the newly planted vegetaion thrives in the first few years of establishment and growth; and
- Follow-up and support with your new plants.
- If you choose, you can purchase the Shoreline Re-Naturalization Starter Kit for $250 (subsidized plant costs)
Read more here: The Natural Edge Program Brochure
Summer 2022 – limited spots available – Interested?
Don’t wait! Contact https://naturaledge.watershed.ca/contact/ to make a booking for the summer of 2022. (psst some of your colleagues on the Lake have already booked a visit!).
Click the image to read or download the Kashwakamak Lake Values Lake Summary Report.
Love Your Lake: Accessing your property’s 2020 Shoreline Assessment
Every property owner on the lake received an email from LYL in April 2021 with an option to download a PDF of their personal Shoreline report or purchase a printed copy.
Can’t find your report?
Melissa Dakers (she/her)
Habitat and Stewardship Program Manager
115-40 Sunset Blvd, Perth, ON K7H 2Y4
O: 613-264-1244 , email@example.com , watersheds.ca
Let’s Get Tracking!
Flora & Fauna Sightings on Kashwakamak Lake
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