The Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association and their Lake Smart team have wrapped up their summer season. Yesterday was the team’s final day on the lake, as students on the team are preparing to head back to school this fall.
The LakeSmart team is an environmental outreach team, unique to northwestern Ontario. Each year, the team spends their summers representing LOWDPOA, and sharing important information with residents to help them live more environmentally-friendly on local waterways.
“This season went really well. We spoke to around 800 cottagers this season. In the end, I think that northwestern Ontario now has a better idea on how to be more environmentally-friendly on the lake. It was a successful season,” said Krista Robertson, the invasive species liaison for the team.
Information includes: creating and maintaining shoreline buffer zones, reducing run-off, using eco-friendly cleaning products, preventing, the spread of invasive species, safe boating, and their new Septic Systems 101 information sheet and checklist.
Robertson is entering her third year of biology at Queen’s University. Myles King is on to his fourth year at the University of Winnipeg in the faculty of Agriculture. Reed Cupeiro is also entering his fourth year of agriculture, at the University of Manitoba.
The LakeSmart team has been operating for seven years, and costs roughly $40,000 per year.
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Thank you, LakeSmart!