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Events

Saturday June 3, 2017, 10 a.m. to noon, Tweed Library: Community Workshop #3 – to review the draft Stoco Lake Stewardship Plan (18 MB).   Bring your own mug! More information on the lake planning process is available here.  Immediately following the FOSL AGM!

Saturday June 3, 2017, 9 a.m. to  10 a.m., Tweed Library: FOSL Annual General Meeting.  Working Draft Agenda will be distributed to members in May!

Saturday April 22, 2017, 8:30 a.m., Tweed Park: in conjunction with the Kiwanis Trash Bash, FOSL will distribute free shoreline seedlings provided by Quinte Conservation.

 

News

June 15, 2017: The final Stoco Lake Stewardship 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 the third and final community workshop on Sat. 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.  Now we move to implementation of the various actions identified by the community!

May 26, 2017: ‘Final Input into the Stoco Lake Stewardship Plan is June 3’,  Inside Belleville (story on upcoming June 3 Stoco Lake Stewardship Plan final community workshop) (see ‘Events’ above).

May 23, 2017: the draft Stoco Lake Stewardship Plan (18 MB) has been released for public review / comment, and will be presented at the June 3 community workshop (see ‘Events’ above).

May 6, 2017: Quinte Conservation has now upgraded to flood warning for all parts of the watershed – including Moira River and Stoco Lake – Details here.

April 26 2017: ‘A green solution to shoreline erosion’, Inside Belleville (story on April 22 shoreline seedling distribution)

September 6, 2016: Stoco Lake residents/users reported a yellow/brown, malodorous scum/film on parts of the lake this Labour Day weekend.  The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change came to the lake on September 6 in response to a citizen’s call and took samples.  The representative indicated that his initial opinion is that the film/scum is a blue-green algae bloom die-off.  However, this will not be definitive until analysis results are complete next week.   FOSL will post information here as it becomes available.  In the meantime, please exercise caution – it goes without saying that one would not drink the affected water, but take care in activities such as swimming, water skiing etc. that could result in ingestion. Watch pets also!  More information on algal blooms, and blue-green algae in particular is available on the ‘Resources’ page.   Note that if you have concerns re: similar situations, or suspected spills of substances such as fuel, pesticides or sewage, you should contact the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s Spills Action Center at 1-800-268-6060.

August 10, 2016: Friends of Stoco Lake received the Municipality’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award. Thanks to everyone for all of your work over the years on our various projects, and to Quinte Conservation and the Municipality of Tweed for your partnership on the Lake Stewardship Plan! Pictured are several directors in attendance that evening– Larry Jones, Bonnie Jones, Ruth James, and Vicki McCulloch, and the Tweed Council. Regrets from directors Kathie Groff Rouse and Lorraine Phillip. Photo courtesy of Brett Mann.

August 4, 2016: Quinte Conservation has issued an unprecedented Level 3 low water condition.  This is the most severe low water level. Residents are being asked to reduce water consumption by 50%. The municipality may implement a by-law in response. Watering restrictions are still in place for those on municipal water supply. Please do your part to protect water resources – find tips here! A full fire ban continues throughout the Municipality of Tweed.  Check the FOSL Facebook group, the Municipality of Tweed website and Facebook page for periodic updates.  See the August 5 FOSL video on low levels in the Moira River /our region, and on recent release of upstream dams to help alleviate low levels in the river itself.

May 31, 2016: Quinte Conservation and St. Carthagh school students planted an enhanced natural shoreline with native shrubs and flowers on Stoco Lake beside the Pavillion in the park. This is part of the Stoco Lake Stewardship Plan, led by Friends of Stoco Lake in partnership with the Municipality of Tweed and Quinte Conservation.  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!

May 30, 2016: Quinte Conservation began a one-week fish hoop net study to collect information for the Stoco Lake Stewardship Plan – watch a short video explaining how it works!