Aquatilus Lake Plan Sample:

A Complex Large Lake- Plan made simple, educational, and effective: 

The Lake Kashagawigamog Plan


Elements and scales:

Lake associations may choose to look at various elements or scales of a plan depending on budget and needs:

  • Lake Reports: Scientific asesments of water quality and fisheries are called Lake Reports. They do not involve consultations or communications and outreach, but provide a state of the resource account for the association.
  • Lake Plans: include public consultations, cultural and historical contexts that measure change over time, and set priorities or highlight issues. Only lake plans adopted by a majority of residents can be adopted as/into local municipal bylaws.
  • Action plans:  may be included in a lake plan or developed afterwards- Action plans assign strategic goals, milestone, approaches and timelines to address issues and priorities.  

Aquatilus takes the approach that valuable input is based on valuable knowledge; and that understanding influences action. Therefore our lake planning approach begins with science:
We collect information from local sources of OMNRF offices and municipalities, and including Parks Canada and OMOE in order to asses the state of the resource today and the change over time. This first phase of the "state of the lake" provides the platform that invites interest and participation, and meaningful responses and contributions by landowners.

Open sessions are held with landowners to communicate the state of the lake and to glean this feedback. This is also the best opportunity to convene landowners in order for them to communicate concerns and issues that they are experiencing and witnessing first hand.

From the science, to the responses, and then with communicated experiences, we can now accurately and effectively assess priorities for action that are specific to the lake and responsive to the community.

Our lake plans also involve a cultural and historical context for the lake; searching out and communicating historic accounts of its features, and historic accounts of its value.

Our Lake Plans are therefore scientific, grassroots, action orientated, and they are also educational. It is important that constituents understand the interactions and processes within a lake system, and including how and why various impacts are affecting a lake. Therefore our plans are clear, educational documents for all to understand and learn from. They allow each one of us to understand and so steward our environment.