Lake Partner Program
The Lake Partner Program is Ontario’s volunteer-based, water-quality monitoring program. The program began in 1996 in partnership with the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) and the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners' Association (LOWDPOA). Since 2002, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment has coordinated this lake monitoring program from the Dorset Environmental Science Centre (DESC). Each year, more than 600 volunteers monitor total phosphorus and water clarity in almost 550 inland lakes at over 800 sampling locations. Volunteers collect lake water samples and return them, postage paid, to DESC. Total phosphorus analyses are performed in the DESC Water Chemistry Laboratory. The resulting data are used by members of the public, partner agencies, government and academic researchers and private consultants to assess and report on water quality in lakes across Ontario. This total phosphorus and water clarity data are published each January on the provincial Lake Partner Program webpage.volunteer sampling instructions.
Each year, the province sends volunteer “Lake Stewards” kits that contains the materials necessary to conduct water clarity measurements and take water samples. The samples are returned, postage paid, to DESC for analysis. For more information or to find out how you can become a volunteer Lake Steward with the Lake Partner Program, please visit the Lake Partner Program webpage, fill out this online registration form, or contact the Lake Partner Program directly (contact information below).
The Lake Partner Program continues to foster community interest and coordinate participation in inland lakes water quality monitoring through formal partnerships with the Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations (FOCA), and by working with organizations such as the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners' Association (LOWDPOA), Central Algoma Freshwater Coalition (CAFC), Haliburton-Muskoka-Kawartha Children's Water Festival (HMKCWF), and a few conservation authorities and other non-governmental organizations.
Anna DeSellasCoordinator, Lake Partner Program
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Dorset Environmental Science Centre
Box 39, 1026 Bellwood Acres Road
Dorset, ON, P0A 1E0 Phone: 1-800-470-8322; 705-766-1294 (outside Ontario)Fax: 705-766-2254