If you've read this report before, you're probably familiar with the sampling format and our involvement in the Lake Partner Program. If not, here goes -
1) At the beginning of the summer cottage season, we take three water samples from each of our five sample sites around the lake. The samples are sent to the Environmental Science Centre in Dorset for analysis of total phosphorous.
2) In the second phase, every two weeks from Victoria Day through Labour Day, we measure water clarity, colour and temperature at these same five sites. For the 2008 season we took readings on nine occasions. These readings are averaged together and reported below.
The first water temperature readings of the season on May 18th ranged from 9 degrees Celsius off FishPole Point to a balmy 13 degrees in Minden Bay. Over the five sample sites, the average temperature was 11.6 degrees. The warmest observed temperature for the summer was a cooler 24 degrees on August 24th.
Refer to Reflections 2009 for a view of historic secchi readings from our five sample points over the last seventeen years.
How you use your cottage and your respect for the lake and land around it will impact the quality of the experience for you, your family, your guests and neighbours for generations to come. Your usage directly and indirectly impacts water quality and related lake attributes that makes Kawagama the lake that it is. Your usage includes activities on and near the water and back throughout the watershed.
Some basic principles:
We hope that with the continued care and diligence of all KLCA members we can look forward to preserving truly one of the finest lakes in the province.
Full text printed in Reflections 2009
Director, Lake Partner Programs