Lake Stewardship Plan
Stoco Lake Stewardship Plan
In January 2015, a community meeting was held to discuss working together on a Stoco Lake Stewardship Plan. Over 30 people attended, including all of Tweed Council, representatives from Quinte Conservation, Watersheds Canada, Friends of Stoco Lake and local residents. There was enthusiasm for moving forward with a community-based lake planning process, which took about 2-1/2 years from start to finish.
The planning process has helped us better understand the lake and the factors affecting it, as well as the values of community members with respect to what is important. The final Plan (June 15, 2017 – download the document – 18 MB) summarizes the health of Stoco Lake, and articulates a vision, values, goals and actions. The Plan was finalized following a third and final community workshop on June 3, 2017, and the three partner organizations (Friends of Stoco Lake, the Municipality of Tweed, and Quinte Conservation) will approve the document over the summer 2017.
A Steering Committee was established with representatives from the Friends of Stoco Lake, the Municipality of Tweed, and Quinte Conservation. The Steering Committee Terms of Reference were approved by partner organizations. The agendas and summaries of Steering Committee meetings are available.
The partner organizations all committed significant ‘in-kind’ resources for the Stewardship Plan. The Municipality also allocated resources in their annual budgets for development of the Plan.
Now that the planning process is complete, we are moving to implementation! The Steering Committee is seeking to involve the community in moving forward with various recommendations in the Plan. If you or your organization is interested in one or more of the actions, please contact Friends of Stoco Lake – the partner organizations would welcome your involvement.
The planning process provided opportunities for community involvement:
- Engagement Activities
- The final Community Workshop #3, Saturday June 3, 2017 (10 a.m. to noon) to review the draft Stewardship Plan. You can download a copy of the presentation that summarizes the draft Plan.
- Community Workshop #2, Saturday Oct. 1 2016, 8:45 a.m. to noon, Tweed Library: Topics included: Update on the planning process, including On-Line Survey Results; Report on the health of the lake and 2016 sampling program; Initial discussion of preliminary actions.
- Community Workshop #1: Identifying Vision, Values, Issues and Actions ( September 26, 2015). A summary of Workshop #1 is now available.
- Community Updates (newsletter)
- On-line Community Survey : We received 150 responses – Survey closed April 2016! Survey results are summarized here.
- April 5 2016 Youth Workshop St. Carthagh Catholic School – Summary
Enhanced Natural Shoreline – Tweed Park
On May 31, 2016 Quinte Conservation and St. Carthagh school students planted an enhanced natural shoreline on Stoco Lake beside the Pavillion in the park. This is part of theLake Stewardship Plan. The list of plants used, and their environmental requirements, can be viewed here. Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Tweed for their $500 donation to cover the costs of the plants!
Summer 2016 Sampling Program
Quinte Conservation led a sampling program on Stoco Lake for 2016, including:
- Marsh monitoring & amphibian/bird survey (April – July)
- Aquatic vegetation species and density survey (includes invasive aquatic species, water sampling and benthic survey)
- Fish hoop net study (sampling for 1 week beginning May 30 – watch a short video explaining how this is being done)
- Surface water sampling (four tributaries; sampled by Quinte Conservation in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, as part of long-term monitoring
This information filled gaps in the information collected to date to assess the ‘State of the Lake’. A presentation summarizing the results of the 2016 sampling program is available here. The final Plan document also contains a section on ‘The Health of the Lake’, which synthesizes the sampling program as well as other recent and historic monitoring information.