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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.

Steering Committee

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.

Get Involved!

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:

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.