Kaswakamak Lake Sustainability Plan - July 2012

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  • Summarized from the Lake Planning Handbook Pg 10-11 (http://www.lakeplan.com/images/stories/lakeplan/Lake_Planning_Handbook.pdf) Promote discussion and action with all community members Identify and protect specific lake values Identify issues and impacts Set a future vision for the lake Set environmental and social targets Recommend stewardship actions Recommend land use policy Create a current inventory or snapshot of resources
  • These plans can take 3-5 years to build
  • Thank you for your engagement
  • Some businesses are not aware of where their customers are from (e.g., a retail business on the highway)
  • These plans can take 3-5 years to build
  • Kaswakamak Lake Sustainability Plan - July 2012

    1. 1. Kashwakamak Lake Sustainability Planning Committee Update Kashwakamak Lake Association AGM Meeting July 14, 2012 1
    2. 2. Agenda• About Sustainability• Accomplishments – Research – Community Survey – Business Survey• Next Steps – Publish State of the Lake report – Community Involvement 2
    3. 3. What is Sustainability?Future generations have access to the same opportunities and quality of life that we do. 3
    4. 4. Sustainability Plan = Balance Nature Sustainability is the balance of • Water these parts to • Plants & Animals ensure they • Land work together Economy Community • Business • Residents • Government • Organizations • Cottagers 4
    5. 5. The Committee’s PurposeTo bring togethercommon interests ofthe community todevelop a sustainabilityplan that carries forwarda legacy of enjoying thelake while supporting thenatural environment forfuture generations toenjoy. 5
    6. 6. Purpose of a lake planning process• Promote discussion and action with all community members• Identify and protect specific lake values• Identify issues and impacts• Set a future vision for the lake Community engagement is critical to ensure the lake sustainability plan reflects the interests and concerns of the broad community, not special interests 6
    7. 7. Lake Sustainability Planning Phases1. Research Phase • Surveys, discussion, research Current Focus • Publish a state of the lake report2. Set a Future Vision • Obtain feedback on state of the lake report • Analyze and summarize research information • Visioning with the community3. Build a Draft Plan4. Review Draft Plan for Feedback • Discussions in community for feedback • Change draft plan based on feedback5. Approve Plan6. Community carrying out activities from the plan 7
    8. 8. Key AccomplishmentsJuly 2011 to July 20122. Compiled 15 pages of research for the State of the Lake report3. Completed Community Survey (Dec 2011)4. Completed Business Survey (April 2012)Note, the committee spent $125 to date, of our $1,000 budget 8
    9. 9. Research Underway• Volunteers are researching for State of the Lake Report – Hydrology and Water Levels – Shoreline, Water Quality, and Aquatic Life – Septic Systems – Fishing – Flora, Fauna, and Wildlife – Crown Land and Severances – Commercial Activity – Development, Logging, and Cottage Growth – Boating, Buoys, and Safety Issues – Social History• Approximately 50% complete – Social history is a significant investment, and will be ongoing after the State of the Lake report is completed 9
    10. 10. Community Survey• Ran from July to December 2011• Distributed in person, by website, & promoted through Frontenac Newspaper (Sept 29, 2011)• 170 Responses• The results required more business participation so we conducted a specific business survey 10
    11. 11. Community Survey ResultsAbout the Survey Participants:• The Lake Kashwakamak community is made up of mostly long-term residents/visitors• 88% are owners/family of a place on/near the lake, 80% stay at a seasonal cottage, 17% at a permanent home, 3% at a lodge resort• 29 years is the average number of years respondents have been visiting and/or living at the lake 11
    12. 12. Community Survey Results con’tUse of Lake: The top 5 activities that respondents indicated they participate in while at the lake:3. Swimming (95%)4. Reading (87%)5. Boating (85%)6. Nature appreciation (77%)7. Canoeing (75%) 12
    13. 13. Community Survey Results con’tValues (weighted score): The top 5 values that respondents identified as adding to their personal enjoyment of the lake:2. Clean, clear water (503)3. Peace and Tranquility (460)4. Recreational Enjoyment (455)5. Appreciation of Wildlife, Birds, etc. (446)6. Retention of Crown Land (428) 13
    14. 14. Community Survey Results con’tIssues/Concerns (weighted score): The top 5 issues/concerns identified as impacting negatively on the enjoyment of their time at the lake:3. Personal Water Craft (498)4. Boat Traffic (459)5. Fish Depletion (383)6. Weeds/Algae (379)7. Daytime Noise (372) 14
    15. 15. Business Survey• Conducted phone survey in April 2012• 38 businesses selected for the survey based on information provided by North Frontenac Township• 31 businesses participated (82% response rate)• Businesses included retail, construction, accommodation, services, and forestry• 74% of businesses surveyed would like to be kept updated on the Lake Sustainability Plan 15
    16. 16. Business Survey ResultsAbout the Survey Participants:• 73% of businesses have operated more than 20 years• 130 full time jobs provided by the 31 businesses• 50% of business owners use lake for recreation• Business is very seasonal, with peak in summer 16
    17. 17. Business Survey Results con’tValues: The top values that businesses identified:• Customers (75%)• Good roads to customer’s property (7%) 17
    18. 18. Business Survey Results con’tIssues/Concerns: The top issues/concerns identified as impacting negatively on their business:3. Fish habitat (6% or 2 responses)4. Lack of local customers (6% or 2 responses)5. Low water levels in Fall (6% or 2 responses)Note: 10 other concerns were raised, but were unique and not shared with other businesses 18
    19. 19. Business Survey Results con’tSummary Comments:• Several businesses may close this year• Local business is competitive - ask if you’re seeing a better deal in the city• Local businesses offer delivery and serviceQuestion• How can we support local businesses? 19
    20. 20. Community Engagement• We have engaged many parts of the community, but have not yet engaged community groupsQuestion• Who else should be engaged? 20
    21. 21. Committee Plans for Next 12 MonthsPublish a draft State of the Lake report 1. Research Phase • Surveys, discussion, research • Publish a draft state of the lake report by June 2013 2. Set a Future Vision • Obtain feedback on state of the lake report • Analyze and summarize research information • Visioning with the community 3. Build a Draft Plan 4. Review Draft Plan for Feedback • Discussions in community for feedback • Change draft plan based on feedback 5. Approve Plan 6. Community carrying out activities from the plan 21
    22. 22. Your Next Steps Information you can share: • Social History (large) • Recreational History • Environmental Research Engagement via Facebook or email • Visit www.kashwakamak.ca for contact infoJudy McIntyre - Finance & Liaison for the KLA Kevin Phillips - Owner, Fernleigh LodgeSue MacGregor - Communications Fred Perry - Deputy Mayor, North FrontenacAlyson Symon - Conservation Jim Pedersen - ForestryDarryl Simpson - Forestry/Wildlife Management Joanne Fisher - CottagerScott Bennett - Environmental Sustainability Peter Burbidge - Cottager 22
    23. 23. Questions 23

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