• Stewardship & Advocacy

The WLCA’s Stewardship efforts began in 2020 to improve the water quality of the Lake, help maintain the natural habitat of the Wetlands which is 
home to a number of Species at Risk and Endangered Species such as the Blandings (Blanding’s)  Turtle, Pugnose Shiner, Bald Eagles, the Black Tern, 
Short-eared Owl, King Rail, Least Bittern, Red-Headed Woodpecker and Whip-Poor-Will. 


Volunteers from our community are participating in stewardship programmes to help slow down the shoreline erosion all around West Lake, and 
gather data to create a baseline for the overall health of the Lake. 

An Aquatic Vegetation Survey is being carried out on West Lake  by a team from Quinte Conservation.  The purpose is to collect baseline data on the specific vegetation community, the presence of invasive species and determine the need for education, control and monitoring of West Lake.

 

Volunteers from the West Lake community are working together with Quinte Conservation and Watersheds Canada utilizing community-based water monitoring programmes (Water Rangers and Lake Partner), along with other programmes made available through funding that these organizations recently received from DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) supporting the Habitat Stewardship Programme for Aquatic Species at Risk.  East Lake, West Lake and Wellers Bay are the fortunate recipients in 2021.  It begins with the Love Your Lake Programme on West Lake.


Read the Watershed Report Card for Quinte 2018

“The Butterflyway Project is a volunteer-led movement that is growing habitat for bees and butterflies in neighbourhoods throughout Canada.
Wild pollinators such as butterflies and bees are crucial to human survival. Climate change, development and widespread pesticide use are compromising their habitat and food sources. The Butterflyway Project aims to help people step up efforts to help pollinators find food and shelter.”

"The Butterflyway Project is based on our Homegrown National Park Project, an award-winning initiative project that created butterfly-friendly corridors in three Toronto neighbourhoods. In 2020, the Butterflyway Project received the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2020 Nature Inspiration Award!"

West Lake Wetlands ~ A Provincially Protected Area of Importance – Prince Edward County is blessed with many Wetlands in a variety of shapes and sizes. They provide a number of benefits to residents and visitors alike, including to the fish, wildlife and waterfowl that call this area home.

 

A bit about the vital importance of a healthy Wetlands ~ They are so unique and valuable because they are natural filters that improve water quality, and remove many contaminants such as phosphorus and nitrogen. In Prince Edward County some, like the West Lake Wetlands, are connected by water pathways to underlying groundwater – with water moving into the ground from the Wetland (recharge) or moving out of the ground into the Wetland (discharge).  In this way, those Wetlands perform a vital function as ‘guardians of groundwater’, protecting both its quality and quantity of water.  This is especially important given that the rural residents and farmers in this special and unique area of West Lake have limited potable water supplies.


* With permission to reprint excerpt obtained from source - Ducks Unlimited “Prince Edward County Wetlands – Great for Water, Wildlife, and Wandering!”

Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Program

At the Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Program, we work to design and deliver impactful conservation-focused research, restoration, and outreach that highlights the importance of saving Canada’s sensitive wetland species and their habitats.

Here is the link to our website: https://www.torontozoo.com/adoptapond/

Here is information on Turtle Tally and FrogWatch Ontario

Here are iNaturalist links: 
Here is information on how species at risk are classified and protected in Ontario: 

South Shore Joint Initiative Presents: Invasive Species Webinar Recording


Did you miss Amanda Tracey from Nature Conservancy Canada talking about Invasive Species in the South Shore?


We’ve got you covered!
If you would like to watch it again, you can find it on our new South Shore Joint Initiative YouTube channel.

Click here to watch.

Cycling Master Plan


Our community has been voicing our concerns about the safety issue of trying ride on our roads for about a year. Looks like good news IF MTO funds the paved shoulders.


Click here to read the proposal.

Love Your Lake

Watersheds Canada Program with support from QC

Learn More

Water Rangers

Water Rangers Testing Kits and Data Platform

Learn More

Natural Edge Programme

Watersheds Canada Program with support from QC

Learn More

Planting Workshop Day

QC and Watersheds Canada (maybe just QC – we will see how things go)

Learn More

Programs

These are some of the programs the WLCA will be participating in.


Volunteers are always needed, please consider participating. 

Volunteer

Aquatic Vegetation Survey

(1 week on each of the 3 lakes) – QC staff are doing the vegetation surveys

Where to find our WLCA brochure

Currah's Store at Outlet Beach

https://www.facebook.com/Currahssandbanksparkstoreandgrill/

Nature Store, Sandbanks Provincial Park -http://www.friendsofsandbanks.org/newsite_2017/2017_friends_shop.html

The Tambo Store, County Rd. 12

www.facebook.com/thetambostore

Isaiah Tubbs Resort, County Rd. 12

https://isaiahtubbs.com/