The Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA), in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF), has launched the FOCA Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention & Monitoring Program. This volunteer program helps lake associations and their members to prevent the introduction, as well as monitor for aquatic invasive species (AIS) on their waterbody.
How can your Association get involved?
Click here to access the Association AIS Toolkit!! The toolkit includes educational resources and materials to educate your association members and the general public about identifying, reporting and reducing the spread of AIS. Help us to rally the troops!
What can you do?
If you have an interest in AIS, you can start monitoring your lake on your own. By using the Volunteer Resources, and the links provided below, you can learn how to reduce the spread of AIS as well as identify invasive species and report them using the EDDMapS Ontario web tool.
Some general best practices are:
- garden using only non-invasive plants
- dispose of bait properly
- buy firewood locally
- inspect and clean your boat and motor when changing water bodies
Know what to look for and then take action!
Click the links below for more information:
- Aquatic Invasive Plant Species Identification (PDF; 42 pages)
- AIS Monitoring Tutorial (How to use EDDMapS) (PDF; 41 pages)