March 2009 Water Quality Portfolio News


MLA Water Quality Portfolio Enews March 2009
March has arrived and with it comes thoughts of another great year in Muskoka. The Muskoka Lakes Association Water Quality Portfolio has been working throughout the fall and winter months to continue to provide an ever improving Water Quality Initiative. The 2008 WQI Reports are now on the MLA WEB site. You can access this information by going to You may access your area information or the complete report as well as the list of recommendations (Page 40).  The charts (page 34 and 35) in the Technical Report once again indicate there are several areas approaching or over the District’s Phosphorous Threshold.
MLA will continue the Water Quality Monitoring Program for 2009. We have been
working to enhance communication with the District of Muskoka as well as all of our Mayors. Mayor Susan Pryke of the Township of Muskoka Lakes, Mayor Don Coates of Bracebridge, Mayor John Klink of Gravenhurst and Mayor David Conn of Seguin Township will all receive copies of the 2008 MLA WQ Reports. Dates have been set with each one of them to discuss the reports.              
The MLA WQ Portfolio has scheduled 2 volunteer training sessions. We are hopeful that all of our past volunteers will return to assist with this very special program. We have worked to streamline the 2009 program and to provide a smooth delivery of sample tubes. New volunteers are welcome and needed so please call the MLA office to register for one of the training sessions (705)765-5723, Saturday May 9 in Rosseau at 9:30am or Saturday May 16th at Port Carling Community Centre at 9am. May 16th is also Seedling Day and at 10:15 there will be a one hour seminar on Shoreline Plantings presented by special guest speaker Robert G. Allen N.P.D. of Northway Gardeners Ltd.
MLA is pleased to announce that Andrew Watson will be our Field Co-ordinator for 2009. Andrew is a doctoral student and has been a volunteer and team leader in the WQI for the past two years. Andrew brings experience and enthusiasm to the position. We are also very pleased to announce that RiverStone Environmental Solutions Inc. of Bracebridge will be our provider. RiverStone will be assisting with the scientific analysis of the data as well as providing us with expert advice and the 2009 year end reports.
The WQP is also pleased to report that five groups have come forward to apply for assistance and engage in our Stewardship Program. RiverStone will be a key player in assisting these groups in determining the best initiatives for their particular area.
We look forward to the beginning of a new season in Muskoka. The WQP has been working with diligence and enthusiasm to ensure that we meet the expectations of the MLA membership and provide the programs necessary to assist in keeping Muskoka Lakes as healthy as they can be.
Please participate, it is good for everyone!
Eleanor Lewis
Chair, MLA, Water Quality Portfolio