Watershed Council seeks $5,000 to publish 4th Muskoka lakes Report Card in May
BRACEBRIDGE — The Muskoka Watershed Council is turning to crowdfunding to pay for the May release of its fourth Muskoka lakes Report Card.
MWC believes that “what is not measured cannot be managed.”
This is particularly true when it comes to monitoring ecological changes, it says in a news release Friday.
The Report Card will be published in early May and include a new user-friendly interactive version that will provide information on phosphorus levels in Muskoka’s lakes, the likelihood of our lakes having algal blooms, the health of our wetlands and more.
They says the Report Card will be “simple, meaningful, and provide a channel for those interested in delving deeper into more site-specific information.”
“We are really excited about this new report card. It is being developed in both a print version and an interactive PDF through which individuals can get more specific information on their lake or subwatershed,“ said Steve Inniss, chair of MWC’s communications committee.
“The content, level of detail, and accuracy of the Report Card have evolved and will continue to evolve as new and better information becomes available.
“With new technology, MWC plans to develop web apps that will allow watershed residents to report such findings as local phosphorus levels or algal blooms,” said Inniss. The new data will then be used in future report cards.
MWC needs your help to make the new 2014 digital Watershed Report Card a reality. “We need to raise about $5,000 to launch the Report Card,” said Peter Sale, chair of the Muskoka Watershed Council.
Through a crowdfunding campaign, individuals can help MWC reach that goal.
Visit the campaign page at www.igg.me/at/StewardshipWorks if you love Muskoka and want to help get the Muskoka Watershed Report Card launched so that you can learn more about your lake or watershed.
“We should have the will to protect what we value” explained Dr. Norman Yan, Chair of Friends of the Muskoka Watershed. Contributing to a local project like this will identify where we have work to do in protecting our watersheds.
“We know that the subwatersheds are generally healthy, but most of our lakes have invasive species that are harming the food web. Some subwatersheds are also seeing a loss of the shoreline buffer and that is adding stress to our lakes,” Yan noted.
“We have been able to get some great rewards for donating to our crowdfunding campaign,” says Inniss. “How would you like to go on a classic boat cruise for 2 this summer, or a guided nature walk? These are the types of rewards available for donating to this cause,” Inniss said.
Do this little thing as your way to participate. Together, we can share the care of this special place of rocks, trees, and especially water. After all, Muskoka is where we make our memories, where we live and visit to enjoy leisure time with our friends and family. Your support is a gift to our environment, to our future, and most of all, to our children’s future.
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