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Recap: Lake Links Workshop, Nov.2014

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FOCA Board member Terry Kennedy, at the FOCA display table at Lake Links 2014

On Saturday October 25th, 2014, FOCA attended the Lake Links Workshop in Perth.

This popular event provides Eastern Ontario cottagers with access to informative speakers and to engage one another in helpful dialogue. This year’s theme was ‘Lake Communities in Action‘ and focused on strategies for putting lake associations into action, particularly in terms of algae and aquatic plants.

Hosts and Moderators Randy French and Gord Rogers from French Planning Services led off the morning with an interactive presentation entitled ‘How to Get Your Lake Plan off the Shelf into Action‘ and followed this with a panel discussion involving representatives from four lake associations who shared their experiences and advice with attendees.

Download the Lake Plan presentation slides (pdf; 35 pages)

The afternoon featured presentations from Dr. Andrew Paterson, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, who spoke on the use of lake sediment deposits to track patterns of algae growth, and Dr. Jesse Vermaire who outlined studies on algae and aquatic plant growth in Eastern Ontario.

Download Dr. Paterson’s slides on lake sediments and algae (pdf; 56 pages)

Download Dr. Vermaire’s slides on algae and aquatic plants (pdf; 35 pages)

Both speakers then participated in a panel discussion, along with other representatives who brought regional expertise to the issue of helping lake associations move from science into actions and from developing a lake plan into implementing it.

FOCA is pleased both to have been a co-sponsor of Lake Links and congratulates the organizing committee for their excellent work putting together this successful event!

-Event report by Terry Kennedy, FOCA Board of Directors

Lake Links supporting partners:
• Ontario Trillium Foundation
• Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations
• Sustainable Eastern Ontario
• Centre for Sustainable Watersheds
• Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority
• Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
• Mississippi Valley Conservation
• Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

Michelle LewinRecap: Lake Links Workshop, Nov.2014