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Lake Management Planning Program

    Lake Management Planning Program

    The Tay Watershed Lake Management Planning Program
    was a collaborative initiative of:
    The Friends of the Tay Watershed Association Otty Lake Association
    Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Tay Valley Township
    Lanark County Stewardship Council Mississippi Valley Conservation


    The collaborators wish to thank the following organizations for their generous support of the Lake Management Planning Program:
    The Ontario Trillium Foundation
    The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
    The Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation
    Lanark County Community Stewardship Council

    The objective of the Lake Management Planning Program is to provide information and guidance through the Program Manager, to the extent that the budget allows, to all lake groups in Tay Valley Township and the Tay River Watershed, for the purpose of developing Lake Management Plans. Current funding will allow the Lake Management Planning Program to assist in the development of three finalized lake management plans over the next three years in addition to providing lake management planning information to all interested lakes.

    This program will provide:

      1. volunteer training and information workshops and seminars, complemented by printed technical materials and customized expert advice and guidance to individual lakes,
      2. a standard planning ‘template’ package to enable lake volunteers to carry out the first stages of lake plan strategy and priority development, and
      3. an ‘outreach’ component to develop awareness amongst residents and policy makers of the need and benefits arising from sub-watershed planning.

    The Program is intended to address the concerns of many lake groups in the Tay watershed region that have recognized that lake management planning is important to ensure the long-term health of their lakes - but do not have either the necessary knowledge or funds for such a technical undertaking.

    The development of sub-watershed lake plans is a priority area of work for our association, which provides umbrella support to organizations in the Tay watershed. It also addresses one of the most important recommendations emanating from the original Tay River Watershed Management Plan, on which our association focused its activities for many years.

    Key events in Lake Management Planning Program
    March 4, 2008 The final version of the Otty Lake Management Plan has now been completed ~ click here for details
    June 4, 2007 The final version of the Report on the State of Otty Lake and its Watershed is now available (replacing the earlier draft) ~ click here for details .
    May 16, 2007 TD Friends of the Environment Foundation provides a second grant to the program ~ click here for media release
    January 25, 2007 Pike Lake Property Owners association is selected as the second lake to receive focused assistance under the program ~ click here for media release
    November 2006 Otty Lake completes the draft State of the Lake report.
    November 10, 2005 Otty Lake is selected as the first lake to receive focused assistance under the Lake Management Planning Program
    Oct. 25, 2005 RVCA sets up a Lake Management Planning website to consolidate planning documents and resource materials.
    Sept. 16, 2005 Major Trillium Grant Approved for the Tay Watershed Lake Management Planning Program ~ click here for media release
    Sept. 15, 2005 LMP Program Information document sent out to pertinent Lake Associations (click here for document updated Oct.3/05)
    Sept. 4, 2005 Lake Planning Program Appoints Program Manager ~ click here for press release
    July 24, 2005 Public announcement of Lake Management Planning Program and grants received from two local donors ~ click here for press release
    July 22, 2005 Steering Committee established for Lake Management Planning Program with representatives from the five collaborator organizations


    Program Funders:

    Rideau Lakes
    Environmantal
    Foundation



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