Our lakes provide recreational opportunities, sources of drinking water, habitat for wildlife and are a cornerstone of many local businesses. There are over 200 lakes in the Cataraqui watershed and we are one of 36 watershed-based agencies within Ontario dedicated to the conservation and protection of the natural environment through a variety of management tools including land ownership, education, monitoring, reporting and regulation.

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Lake Protection Workbook

The Lake Protection Workbook was created as a self-assessment tool that acts as an excellent educational resource; it helps property owners living along a lake shoreline understand how their actions might be affecting their lake and provides helpful tips on how to improve the natural environment along their shoreline. By answering the questions and filling in various scoring criteria, the workbook helps explain how current property conditions and activities protect the lake. Download a copy of the Lake Protection Workbook.

The Lake Protection Workbook was a joint effort by a number of organizations through the Lake Links Planning Committee. This group is a partnership that includes the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, Friends of the Tay Watershed Association, Lake Networking Group, Lanark County Stewardship Council, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and Watersheds Canada.

Lake Assessment Report

Cataraqui Conservation has created a Lake Assessment Report to outline the importance, methods, and results of lake monitoring in the Cataraqui Region. As part of this work, individual lake fact sheets were produced for 45 lakes in the region that have information from 2009 to 2015. These fact sheets provide maps, note the physical features, assess water quality, identify the invasive species and outline aquatic diversity.

Additional lake fact sheets will be produced as more information becomes available.

Lake Fact Sheets

Monitoring Lakes

There are many factors that influence our lakes including nutrient loading, invasive species and development pressure. By collecting information through lake monitoring programs, it is possible to accumulate enough data to be able to identify concerns, issues or special features. This information is crucial for effective lake management.

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There are numerous partnerships and programs that aim to collect and/or analyze lake data within the region. Some of these programs rely on volunteer sampling efforts. This valuable data supplements scientific research efforts by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, local academic institutions and the Cataraqui Conservation. In addition, there are several lake associations in the Cataraqui Region that have an active role in determining lake health and providing a cumulative voice for issues facing their respective lakes.

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