Find out if your lake is being sampled and if so, review past results on the interactive online map (pictured above) which is maintained by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
No results listed for your inland Ontario lake? We might need a volunteer in your area! Could it be you? Find out more about the program here: Lake Partner Program – OVERVIEW
September 2017 – Secchi Trends Across the Province (PDF, 2 pages) – Read the new fact sheet from the Lake Partner Program and FOCA, about water clarity and the role of the Secchi Disk!
Key findings: while Secchi depths of the majority (65%) of lakes studied between the years 2000 and 2014 did not change significantly, over the last 10 years there has been a 19% decline in the number of Secchi depth readings collected per year. This is concerning. Read the fact sheet to find out what you can do to help!
April 2018 – the Lake Partner Program’s province-wide sampling results from 2017 are now available! Use the link above to access the interactive online map(on hold due to a Writ Period prior to the provincial election), or review data results in text-only format:
- Total Phosphorous results (Excel document)
- Average Secchi depth results (Excel document)
- Calcium results (Excel document)
Contact the Lake Partner Program Coordinator if you cannot access your lake’s results.
Lake Stewards: Need a sampling refresher course? Use the following tools, and watch the short video, below.
- Guide to Interpreting Total Phosphorus and Secchi Data (pdf; 4 pages)
- Sampling Instructions from MOE (pdf; 2 pages)
Lake Partner Program Sampling Video
Find out more about FOCA’s work with the Lake Partner Program and lake stewardship, using the links below.