About East Lake
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Quinte Conservation, French Planning Services and Friends of East Lake (FOEL), in collaboration with the Corporation of the County of Prince Edward are leading the development of the community-based East Lake and Watershed Plan. The purpose of the plan is to identify, protect, preserve and enhance the unique environmental and social features of the area for present and future generations.
The East Lake and Watershed Plan is funded in part through grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation ($69,000) and Community Futures ($9,300), in kind contributions from Quinte Conservation and Prince Edward County and contributions from other sources. The two year process began in September of 2012 and the plan will be completed in September 2014.
What is a watershed plan?
Lake and Watershed Plan is a community-based process that considers the
interests of all stakeholders on East Lake and in the watershed
including permanent and seasonal residents, commercial operators and
their guests, farmers, recreationalists (e.g. anglers, boaters) and all
others. The purpose of the process is to identify and
protect the unique characteristics of the East Lake watershed and to
recommend land-use policy and stewardship approaches to ensure long-term
protection, maintenance, and restoration of natural, social and physical
recommend land-use policy and stewardship approaches to ensure long-term protection, maintenance, and restoration of natural, social and physical features.
Conservation and French Planning Services will collect and analyze
information on land use, development, environmentally sensitive areas,
water quality, water quantity, endangered species, fish and wildlife,
and through a community engagement process create a community based
action plan considering both stewardship activities and land use policy.
The plan will contain information and advice for property
owners and lake users on how to best protect, preserve and enhance the
environmental and social features of the lake.
The Plan will provide valuable insight into East Lake and its watershed which will allow for more effective measures and stewardship programs.
How will it be developed?
Quinte Conservation and French Planning Services will be responsible for collecting and synthesizing information and will prepare a State of the Lake Report in 2013 and the final East Lake and Watershed Plan in 2014. At every step of the process input from interested people and groups will be sought to confirm important values, concerns and issues, and the actions to be taken.
Existing studies of East Lake will be collected and analyzed, and a
State of the Lake Report will be prepared to provide this information in
common language for the people in the watershed. The
State of the Lake Report will address issues raised by the community and
will create a baseline of information that we know and
don't know today about the watershed. From this
report gaps will be identified and additional monitoring and assessments
may be undertaken during the summer of 2013. Other
information gaps may be filled following the development of the plan.
• shoreline and rural property owners
• permanent and seasonal residential
• commercial resorts
• trailer parks and campgrounds
• commercial fishery
• Sandbank Provincial Park
We encourage anyone that is interested to join in the conversation.
Conservation will gain further insight into the East Lake Watershed
which will allow for more effective protection measures and stewardship
programs to directly address identified issues and concerns.
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