We all care about the health of our lakes but who is looking after lake health? Governments of all stripes are cutting back on the people and programs that used to protect our lakes and give us up to date data on lake health indicators. Lake associations can help fill this void but only if all of us step up individually and become Lake Protectors.
What can we do to make a difference? The Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners' Associations (CHA) has some of the most knowledgeable lake health scientists in Canada as scientific advisors and we asked them that the question.
Based on their advice here are the most powerful steps you can take to protect your lake:
Keep your septic system healthy; septics are the # 1 contributor of phosphorous to our lakes in Haliburton County. The more phosphorous the greater the chance of an algae blooms.
take 20 minutes and watch “Poop Talk“ and then take action by:
Keeping anything that can kill bacteria out of your septic system
Minimize and spread out the use of water
Have your system inspected by an inspector who will take the lid off and do a proper physical inspection
KLCOA is organizing a Spring Clean-Up for the stretch of Kennisis Lake Road from before West Shore to Redkenn / Landfill scheduled for May 6th. Brenda Smith is again leading the charge for us on this. You can contact Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org for this stretch.
RLCA will be organizing a couple stretches i.e. Redkenn Road to the Wolf Centre, Kennisis Lake Road down to Bitter Lake Road, Coleman Lake Rd up to Bitter Lake Road, We could also do Klondike Trail and Bitter Lake Road. If you are interested in participating for an hour or so, please email us @ email@example.com
Make your morning walk a little more interesting, each volunteer would be given a short stretch. BTW, this is a great way for kids to get in their volunteer hours for secondary school so we'd appreciate their help as well as that of "we oldies"....
Dates are Saturday July 9th (10AM – 4PM) and Sunday July 10th (10AM – 3PM). This event is like that Studio Tour but featuring the local artists of Kennisis Lake and area. All sites are accessible by water and by road. There is good signage on the road to identify the exhibitors. For more information visit http://www.klcoa.org/