LakeSmart

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LakeSmart is an award winning community outreach program unique to our area. It is designed to offer information to shoreline residents and anyone who enjoys the lakes and environment on ways that they can “live and play green" at the lake.

So What's It All About?

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 is 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 was delayed for the early 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 changed as the market is limited to food vendors only this summer. However, you will find the LakeSmart team at the docks adjacent to the market. Drop by and see them.

The team may  be spending just part of their summer travelling the lakes and roads of the area, but they will also 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 - both in person and virtually and can be booked FREE for individuals or groups.

Your new LakeSmart team is going to be out and about and will also be working virtually,. Either way  they are looking forward to a busy summer connecting with LOWDSA members and friends in familiar and new ways.

 


Book a LakeSmart Dock Visit - in person or virtually  by ZOOM 

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 dock visit  - in person or virtually by ZOOM - 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 anywhere. We 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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Here's a look at our 2020 LakeSmart team

We had a dedicated and knowledgeable LakeSmart team in 2019, but they have moved on to take on new opportunities. We will miss them but are delighted to welcome a brand new team of knowledgable and energetic LakeSmart ambassadors who have lined up a great program for summer 2020. Meet Abbi Friesen, Brie McCardle and Jordan Amatuzio.

Abbi Friesen: Abbi lives in Winnipeg and has had the privilege of spending her summers growing up on Lake of the Woods. Her passion for the environment and aquatic ecosystems led her to study Environmental Science at the University of Manitoba, where she has recently completed her second year. Abbi is eager to learn and grow with LakeSmart, as well as develop new strategies for outreach and education in this pivotal time.

Brie McCardle: Brie has grown up and lives on Black Sturgeon Lake in Kenora. Brie is studying Environmental Science in Southern Ontario and just completed her first year. She is committed to sustainability and adores the outdoors. Her love and knowledge of the lake and surrounding environment will be useful for anglers, hunters and recreational residents. Brie is looking forward to a great summer with the LOWDSA team and everyone she meets. 

Jordan Amatuzio: Jordan is from Winnipeg, and a recent graduate of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources at the University of Manitoba. Throughout her education, she has gained a great enthusiasm for environmental education and sustainability. Jordan grew up visiting Lake of the Woods with family and friends and is looking forward to her first summer working at the lake. 

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Look for the LakeSmart Team

Your LakeSmart team is looking forward to a busy summer travelling the lakes and roads of the area, and we are hoping you will add an invitation to your lake or association event to the schedule.  You can expect to see the LakeSmart boat on Lake of the Woods, stopping at docks and islands, throughout July and August, but look for that LakeSmart flag on smaller lakes, waterways and side roads as well.  Although the LakeSmart boat may not go into smaller lakes, the LakeSmart team will drive to many of them and are always open to hitching a ride around your lake to stop at docks, talk to members of your lake community or to participate in your event. We have already booked visits to a few smaller lakes and are planning to go dock-to-dock in the Morson area; add your lake or association to the schedule and contact us to book a date! Call Shelley at 807-468-8715 or email info@lowdsa.com

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LakeSmart Sponsors & Funding

The LakeSmart boat, generously supplied by our lead sponsor, Woodlake Marine, is the key to the program and likely its most recognized feature. However, the LakeSmart program is only possible with the additional support of LOWDSA member donations to the Environmental Initiative and Special Projects (EISP) fund and other sponsors.

While we have been successful in securing sponsorships and funding for LakeSmart 2020, we continue to explore funding alternatives for coming years. Ongoing support from LOWDSA members is key to our ability to deliver the LakeSmart program year after year. Please consider donating to the EISP fund to help meet our funding requirements for this effective program. For more information or to make a contribution contact Diane