Scugog Lake Stewards’ Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program

Scugog Lake Stewards’ Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program

The Lake Monitoring Program has two main purposes:

  1. We want to gather information about the lake and its changing conditions from sites all around the lake. This will help the Stewards to speak authoritatively about the lake and be credible representatives for our members.
  2. We want to develop connections with shoreline owners and boaters in order to get information out to the general public about the lake, what is being done and how people can help to protect it.

Specifically we will be gathering information to determine:

  •   The importance of the date of ice-in, ice-out to aquatic weeds and other plant growth.
  •   How year-over-year water-levels affect the lake and its plant species, density levels and maturing times.
  •   How water temperature, wind and climatic conditions affect lake levels and the growth of various plants and how this also relates to water depth.
  •   The presence of new and old invasive aquatic and shoreline species, both flora and fauna. How much algae is experienced and, in general, what its type is.
  •   Water clarity in the deeper areas of the lake using the protocol of the MOE Lake Partner program.
  •   Timing, type and quantity of shoreline debris of all types including human-generated.
  •   Lake bottom conditions near the shores all around the lake and whether they change in some areas over time and why. (This may involve more scientific analysis later on.)
  •   The perceived level of damage done to Eurasian water milfoil by native milfoil weevils and whether evidence of their activities is increasing or remaining static.
  •   Where and when fish spawn and in what numbers for Fishing Zone 17 analysis teams working for the MNR.
  •   Anecdotal data about the lake and shoreline including photos of shorelines, in-lake and shoreline plants and algae seen around the lake and in the lake.

This program is just beginning and methodologies and means of analysis are still being decided. The aim at the moment is, first, to find the contacts all around the lake and, then, to gather the monthly input until this October. During the Winter, we will finalize our goals and methods, develop suitable educational materials and and hold training sessions with our volunteers to get ready for next year. Our research program will be receiving assistance from various members of the Kawartha Conservation team, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Summaries of our results will be posted on our website. Anecdotal information will be used on a regular basis for all types of interactions with the public.