LakeSmart is an award winning environmental outreach program unique to our area. It will be delivered by a team of three post secondary students, each with an environmental education focus, who will spend the summer sharing information on ways that we can live and play green at the lake. The LakeSmart team is equipped with knowledge and resources on a broad range of topics including creating and maintaining shoreline buffer zones, reducing run-off, septic systems, using eco-friendly cleaning products, preventing the spread of invasive species, safe boating and more.
Summer 2020 marks LOWDSA's LakeSmart program's tenth birthday, and we've been planning to celebrate this milestone for almost a year. Celebrate it we will, although not quite the way we had anticipated. In the face of limitations due to COVID-19 we got creative and adapted our program and activities to a very different kind of summer.
LakeSmart 2020 will indeed be unlike previous years, but it will still be very familiar, and in some ways, even bigger and better:
- Brand new team for 2020 - welcome Abbi, Brie & Jordan!!
- Program extended and starting earlier – June 1 – August 28
- Going virtual in a big way including ZOOM ‘dock’ visits (individual or group)
- &Introducing virtual events and activities – webinars, videos, ZOOM activitiesMore resource development
- New research projects
Typically top priority for the LakeSmart team would be getting out on the water in the LakeSmart boat generously supplied by Woodlake Marine. However, concern for the safety of the LakeSmart team and LOWDSA members and physical distancing protocols means this will not be possible for at least part of the summer. It also means that most events and activities that the LakeSmart team attend have been cancelled. Even the team's weekly presence at the Matiowski Farmers' Market – a primary venue for the LakeSmart team to interact with the public – has been sidelined as the market is limited to food vendors only this summer.
The team may not be spending their summer travelling the lakes and roads of the area, but they will be very busy sharing practical knowledge about what we can each do to contribute to a healthier lake ecosystem and spreading the word about being more sustainable in our stewardship of land and water... virtually!
Dock visits are still happening this summer. For the time being, however, they will be virtual and can be booked FREE for individuals or groups.
We have our collective fingers crossed that we'll see our distinctive LakeSmart boat on the water sometime in July. If possible and safe for all concerned, we're ready to make that happen. While your new LakeSmart team may be working virtually, they are looking forward to a busy summer connecting with LOWDSA members and friends in new ways.
Book a LakeSmart ZOOM 'Dock' Visit!
Interested in learning more about living green at the lake, healthy shorelines, invasive species, sustainable lake living ......? Questions you'd like answered? Book your LakeSmart ZOOM dock visit for your self or a group of almost any size. Although our typical dock visits made in person are limited to a certain geographic area, there are no such limits on the virtual 'dock' visits. Thanks to ZOOM technology we can go anWe collaborate with other cottage associations for group learning opportunities to help you with specific concerns like purple loosestrife or flowering rush.
Email us: Fill out the questions in this email form to help us make it the most beneficial experience for your visit. The more information you provide, the better.
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