LakeSmart is a community outreach program unique to our area. It is designed to offer information to shoreline residents and anyone who enjoys the lakes and environment on ways that they can “live and play green" at the lake.
So What's It All About?
The LakeSmart boat is a familiar sight on Lake of the Woods, and we will soon be launching it for our 8th season on the water, kicking off our 2018 LakeSmart program. LakeSmart is an environmental outreach program unique to our area. It is delivered by the LakeSmart team - three students, each with an environmental education focus. These LOWDSA LakeSmart ambassadors spend the summer sharing information with shoreline residents and anyone who enjoys the lakes and environment on ways that we can live and play green at the lake. In the seven years that LakeSmart has been on the water, we have reached thousands of people with our environmentally-friendly messaging, expanding the scope of the program a little each year. The LakeSmart team is equipped with knowledge and resources on a broad range of topics including creating and maintaining shoreline buffer zones, reducing run-off, using eco-friendly cleaning products, preventing, the spread of invasive species, safe boating, and our new Septic Systems 101 info sheet and checklist.
If you miss the LakeSmart team on the water there are dozens of other opportunities to meet and talk with them. Look for them at local area events such as the Matiowski Farmers’ Market and Canada Day, in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, at the 100th LacLu Regatta, meet them at the Summer Meeting in Kenora or Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, or perhaps join them on one the IISD-ELA tours you can book with LOWDSA.
The LakeSmart boat, generously supplied by our lead sponsor, Woodlake Marine, is the key to the program and likely its most recognized feature. However, LakeSmart and Invasive Species Outreach is only possible with the additional support of LOWDSA member donations to the Environment (Special Projects) fund and other sponsors: Q104 KenoraOnline, FOCA (Federation on Ontario Cottagers Association), Ontario Power Generation, Copperfin Credit Union, Garriock Insurance, World of Water, Lake of the Woods Mobile Marine, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, the City of Kenora, Cabin Country Realty, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ Invading Species Awareness Program, LOTW Septic Barge, St. John Ambulance, Talbot Marketing Kenora.
Introducing the 2018 Team
We had a dedicated and knowledgeable LakeSmart team last year, and we are delighted that two of them are returning for a second year. Welcome back Krista (Robertson) and Reed (Cupeiro)! We will miss Kylee (Neniska) who has other ventures planned for this summer, and we are excited to welcome Myles King to the team. Your LakeSmart Ambassadors, Krista, Reed and Myles, will be out on the lakes and at area events from June 27th until the last week of August. They will be sharing practical knowledge about what you can do to contribute to a healthier lake ecosystem, spreading the word about being more sustainable in our stewardship of land and water, answering your questions on almost anything related to living green at the lake, or at minimum sourcing the answer for you. Watch for the LakeSmart boat on the water or the team at events and be sure to say hello.
Check out our Team Page to learn more about of LakeSmart Ambassadors.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Grow Me Instead
The Grow Me Instead program is a provincial initiative by the Ontario Invasive Plant Council which aims to promote native or non-invasive garden plants, and to educate gardeners on potentially invasive garden species.
Look for the LakeSmart Team
Your LakeSmart team is looking forward to a busy summer travelling the lakes and roads of the area, and we are hoping you will add an invitation to your lake or association event to the schedule. You can expect to see the LakeSmart boat on Lake of the Woods, stopping at docks and islands, throughout July and August, but look for that LakeSmart flag on smaller lakes, waterways and side roads as well. Although the LakeSmart boat may not go into smaller lakes, the LakeSmart team will drive to many of them and are always open to hitching a ride around your lake to stop at docks, talk to members of your lake community or to participate in your event. We have already booked visits to a few smaller lakes and are planning to go dock-to-dock in the Morson area; add your lake or association to the schedule and contact us to book a date! Call Linda at 807-468-8715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 LakeSmart Sponsors
- Woodlake Marine - https://www.woodlakemarine.com
- World of Water Kenora - http://www.worldofwateronline.ca
- FOCA (Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association) - https://foca.on.ca
- Ontario Power Generation - https://www.opg.com
- Q104 Kenora Online - https://www.kenoraonline.com/q104
- Cabin Country Realty - http://www.cabincountry.com
- City of Kenora - http://kenora.ca
- Copperfin Credit Union - https://www.copperfin.ca
- Garriock Insurance - http://garriock.ca
- Lake of the Woods Mobile Marine - https://www.lowmobilemarine.com
- Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation - https://lowwsf.com
- Talbot Marketing Kenora - https://www.facebook.com/talbotmarketingkenora
- LOTW Septic Barge - www.septicbarge.com
- St. John Ambulance - https://www.sja.ca