|Watershed Study 2014|
Attached are the reports for 2014 for the Water Quality testing that was done in partnership with the
University of Waterloo and KWEF volunteers.
KWEF would like to thank all those involved in the project; Colin Yates and the participants from the University Summit Centre Campus, the KWEF volunteers and the Town of Kearney.
Since there were 2 team of students, the report is written in 2 parts. Part 1 includes Beaver, Hassard, Big and Little Clam Lakes, Peters Lake, Emsdale Lake, Groom/Lynx Lake, Perry Lake and Perbeth/Fisher Lake. Part 2 is comprised of Magnetawan Lake, two tributary sites for the Magnetawan river, Mason Lake, Island Lake, Himbury Lake, Sand Lake, Loon Lake and Grass Lake.
Phosphorus and phosphate levels were elevated on a number of the lakes. The weather this summer was unusual and may have contributed to unusual readings for these elements. Our shallow overlay of very porous soil allows for rapid runoff into our lakes. Heavy rainfall contributes to nutrients from the soil being transferred quickly into our water bodies. There are however some things we can do. This illustrates the importance of limiting the amount of clearing on the shoreline, maintaining a natural vegetation buffer zone on your shoreline, and not using fertilizer on your property.
Continued monitoring over many years is needed to give us a clear idea of the health of our watershed. We look forward to working with our partners in 2015. One year's data cannot show a trend.
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Page 20 Individual Lakes in field measurements
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