Lake Management Planning Program
September 16, 2005
For Immediate Release
$96,000 Grant for Tay Watershed Lake Management Planning Program
Perth – Today, Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer Donna Davidson congratulated the five-organization collaborative lead by the Friends of the Tay Watershed Association on receiving a $96,000 grant for their Tay Watershed Lake Management Planning Program. The three-year grant will be used to develop a cooperative approach to assist lake associations to undertake their individual lake management plans.
Norm Sterling, MPP for Lanark-Carleton, sent his best wishes as he was unable to attend. "This cooperative approach will make it possible to assist a large number of lake groups by focusing the resources on joint assistance projects," said Sterling, whose riding covers the lower half of the watershed. "There are over 50 lakes in the Tay watershed and immediate adjoining area. This represents a major portion of the tourism and recreation component of our local economy."
The Lake Management Planning Program was unveiled in July by a consortium of five local and regional organizations for lakes in the Tay watershed and adjoining area. The consortium is composed of the Friends of the Tay Watershed Association, Otty Lake Association, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Tay Valley Township and the Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County. The Program will provide training and guidance to volunteers in developing and managing their own lake plans.
"Many lakes in this magnificent recreation area are undergoing significant growth and there is a pressing need for such programs to guide their development," said Leona Dombrowsky, MPP for Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox-Addington, which covers the upper portion of the watershed, in a letter that was read at the media event. "I would also like to commend the key organizations for their efforts in support of this initiative."
The Lake Management Planning Program will address the concerns of lake groups in the Tay watershed region that have recognized that management planning is important to ensure the long-term health of their lakes, but do not have either the necessary knowledge or funds for such a technical undertaking. The Program will provide both for such undertakings to a limited number of lake associations.
The program will focus on lakes in the Tay watershed, and those in Tay Valley Township immediately adjoining the watershed. In addition to Otty Lake, eight other lake groups have indicated initial interest in the program, including Pike, Christie, Crosby, Eagle, Farren, O’Brian, Little Silver and Rainbow, Adam, Black, Long, and Bennett and Fagan Lakes.
Lake groups wishing to participate in this program should contact Sheanna Tinlin, Program Manager, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority at 1-800-267 3504, ext. 1173, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, receives annually $100 million of government funding generated through Ontario's charity casino initiative. The Foundation provides grants to eligible charitable and not-for-profit organizations in the arts and culture, environment, human and social service and sports and recreation sectors.
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Friends of the Tay Watershed Association
Text of Letter from Leona Dombrowsky, MPP
Lake Management Planning Program Grant
c/o Lead Applicant, Friends of the Tay Watershed Association
I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to the participants in this important undertaking.
Due to a prior commitment, I regret that I am unable to attend today’s announcement of a $96,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to support the development of a lake management planning initiative for lakes in the Tay Watershed and adjoining area.
Many lakes in this magnificent recreation area are undergoing significant growth and there is a pressing need for such programs to guide their development.
The Lake Management Planning Program will provide training and guidance to assist lake volunteers in developing and managing lake management plans to ensure the long-term sustainability of their lakes.
This undertaking is important to the entire Tay Watershed and its water resources and I know that our lake groups will be pleased to cooperate in such a program.
I would also like to commend the key organizations for their efforts in support of this initiative: the Friends of the Tay Watershed, the Otty Lake Association, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Tay Valley Township and the Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County. The diversity and strength of this partnership model will provide significant support for participating lake groups.
Once again, please accept my sincere congratulations and best wishes.
Leona Dombrowsky, MPP