One of the key initiative for the Association is to monitor the quality of water in the lake and to promote policies and practices that will preserve and enhance it. The last monitoring of our lake goes back to 2004 over 12 years ago.
The Lake Partner Program is a province-wide, volunteer-based, water-quality monitoring program. Volunteers collect total phosphorus samples and make monthly water clarity observations on their lakes. This information will allow the early detection of changes in the nutrient status and/or the water clarity of the lake due to the impacts of shoreline development, climate change and other stresses.
As of 2016 approximately 800 active volunteers monitor total phosphorus at 728 locations in the lakes across Ontario and we need to start monitoring our lake.
Increases in phosphorus can decrease water clarity by stimulating algal growth. However, the amount of phosphorus in the lake is not the only factor controlling light penetration, as the amount of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) or non-biological turbidity also plays an important role. Water clarity can also be altered by invading species such as zebra mussels. It is always best, therefore, to use total phosphorus to evaluate the nutrient status of the lake. Nonetheless, water clarity readings are useful for tracking changes in the lake that might be occurring that would not be noticed by monitoring TP concentration alone, e.g. zebra mussel invasions