2017 Fall / 2018 Winter Newsletter
The SLPOA executive has put together the 2017 Fall / 2018
Winter Newsletter for your reading enjoyment.
To access it please
CLICK HERE and you will be taken to
the SLPOA Forum to allow you to download the file.
If you have an article or a memory that you would like to
submit for future editions please do not hesitate to send it
as we are always looking for content.
If you have not had the opportunity to renew your membership, please
take a moment to access the now easy to find membership form
on the SLPOA web site at:
Spotlight: Sharbot Lake
Read what the Water
Rangers have to say about the work Guy MacLeod and
Barbara Fradkin, SLPOA Executives, have done with the
Sharbot Lake Monitoring Program.
Well done Guy and
CLICK HERE TO
READ THE ARTICLE
2017 Ontario Recreational Lakes and Algae Survey
Queen’s University is conducting
a joint survey with The Ontario Ministry of the
Environment and Climate Change, the Muskoka Watershed
Council, the Federation of Cottagers’ Associations
(FOCA), and Nipissing University that aims to explore
cottage owners’ perceptions of the health of Ontario’s
recreational lakes in our region.
goal is to address the overall health of lakes in
Ontario. The opinions and insights of the residents and
cottage owners in our region are critical to the data
that is gathered.
Based on a similar study
conducted by the MOECC in 1985-1986, the 2017
Recreational Lakes and Algae Survey will assess
residents' and cottager owners’ perceptions of lakes
with filamentous taste, odour-producing algae and
blue-green algae. It will also gather data on how the
algae has progressed since 1985, and explore the impacts
it has had on the quality of the water, and on
residents' use and enjoyment of the lakes.
CLICK HERE TO FOR THE SURVEY
SLPOA has started a Facebook page and we encourage you to
join it. You will find the Facebook logo above the menu on
the left-hand side of our pages. By clicking on it you
will be re-directed to the Facebook page. This is a recent
addition so we hope you will help us build it into a useful
location for information.
Last year the the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry ran a fish netting program known as the BsM program, for approximately 10 days in Sharbot Lake. Their report recently became available so we extracted the pages relating to Sharbot Lake and placed them in the Forum,
to access the report.
IS NOW JUDGED
There were 37 photos submitted from 15 Individuals. The
following contest winners were announced at the 2017 AGM:
IM Gadgets 12.0 MP Waterproof Action Camera
While technically well framed and crisp, there is a
softness to the elements. The burbling water around
the mother, the fluffy down of the ducks and, the
golden peach cloud wisps reflected in the water. We
loved that this captures the connection of mother
and child as the ducklings are a perfect extension
of her form. This wonderfully shot little flotilla
of ducks charmed us all.
Second Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to Sharbot Lake
Winter Skating Trail
Shooting into the sun is not easy but here the light
is mastered to tell us a winter story. The sweeping
arch of the path pulls you into the frame and
practically onto the ice. First it was the technical
merit that grabbed us but the overall interest of
the shot won us over. Clearly an outstanding winter
afternoon at the cottage.
Third Prize: Two Cineplex Movie Tickets
While there were many sunsets this year, the colours
captured here stood out. More than just the usual
orange and red, the strong yellows, ochres and golds
contrasted beautifully with the darkened shore and
the indigo evening sky. This play of dark and light
created an uncertain mood.
Good Morning Sunshine
With its repetition and transparency, this fantastic
frost shot on the windshield captured a wonderful
pattern in an imaginative and fanciful way.
First and Third Prize were donated by Systematix IT, Second
Prize donated by SLPOA.
Citizen Water Watch – Report a Sighting
EASTERN ONTARIO, August 1, 2014 — Noticing green algal blooms or excessive aquatic plant growth in Sharbot Lake? You can now easily report it! The Citizen Water Watch website (www.citizenwaterwatch.ca) allows recreational water users to report any observations of green algal blooms or excessive aquatic plant growth to a central data base. These observations will help to better monitor green algae and aquatic plant growth in Eastern Ontario lakes and rivers.
Algae and aquatic plants are a part of a healthy aquatic ecosystem but in excess they can put stress on other organisms in our lakes and rivers. Many local recreational water users have noted an increase in algae and aquatic plant growth, despite little observed change in nutrient concentrations which are often the cause of algal blooms and excessive aquatic plant growth. Reporting observations of algae and aquatic plants will help us better understand the excessive plant growth and find ways to improve aquatic environments.
To report a sighting go to
www.citizenwaterwatch.ca, create an account and click on the “Report a Sighting” tab, fill out the form and hit submit. Knowing the name of the waterbody and nearest town where your observation took place as well as a picture will be helpful information to include.