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Lake Stewardship

 

The Pike Lake Community Association has undertaken many programs in its history. The members of the association when surveyed have said the most important role for the association is the Lake Stewardship. 

If you're looking for the information on the Hazard Buoy program, it's been moved to the Lake Life Page. Click here.  

Calling all "Loonies"

Pike Lake was home to many common loons again last year. However, due to the

pandemic, there was no formal survey process last year. However, the Canadian

Lakes Loon Survey managed by Bird Studies Canada will be operating normally

this year. It helps scientists monitor the health of both the loon population and

the health of our lakes. 

This year we have created an online form to report loon sighting.  Keep track of

the loons, loon pairs, and chick you spot, and use the form to report sightings on a

monthly basis. The Pike Lake Steward will compile the data and submit it at the end

of the summer season. 

You can find the form here.  

Thank you to all the Pike Lake "loonies" who help us keep track of the loons on Pike Lake!

MaryAnnevanGaal
Lake Steward Reports
2020 Water Quality Report


The RVCA conducted water quality testing in 2020 at 9 sites on Pike Lake. Water quality indicators, such as nutrient counts, were comparable to data collected data between 2001 and the present. E. coli counts were low at all sites, and depth measurements indicated generally clear water.

 

So - let's keep it this way! As cottagers, actions to keep the lake healthy include ensuring septic systems are well-maintained, not using fertilizers or pesticides, minimizing disturbance to the shoreline, and keeping the shoreline natural.

 

You can find the water quality data provided by RVCA here

The sample site locations are indicated on a map down the page at this link.

Reference Material
2021 AGM MNRF Presentation
 
Lake Protection Workbook

Watersheds Canada has produced a workbook which provides information on how to diagnose any shoreline property problems and see how you can help your shoreline.

 

You can download one free copy of  the “Lake Protection Workbook: A Self-Assessment Tool for Shoreline Property Owners” through the Watersheds Canada website or clicking here.

 

Keeping Pike Lake Healthy

 

A handbook, "Keeping Pike Lake Healthy", was compiled in 2009 by volunteer Pike Lakers. This plan outlines specific actions that we as individuals and as a community can undertake to maintain and improve the quality of the lake environment for present and future generations. 

If you read the acknowledgements section you'll see by how many people contributed making it clear that Pike Lakers care about the future of our lake. Please download it, print it and keep it handy for reference!!!

Lake Stewardship Handbook, practical how-to info here. An update to the Handbook can be found here

At the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the PLCA, Joffre Côté, Management Biologist with MNRF presented the results of “Pike Lake Angler Diary Program” run over the 2019 season and you can find the notes from his presentation here

Historical Lake Steward Reports 

Walleye Spawning and Habitat Enhancing Project

 

The PLCA Lake Stewardship program has been working on this project with the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNR&F) for several years now. The goal of this project is to enhance the walleye fish population in Pike Lake. 

Over the past few years, volunteers have made observations of priority shoal locations, done fish eye counts late on cool spring nights, and last summer fishers on Pike Lake were asked to voluntarily complete a record of their catches. These reports allowed MNR&F to determine the conditions were right to commit to adding Walleye fingerlings to the lake at their expense.   

At the 2021 AGM of the PLCA Joffre Cote, Management Biologist with MNRF presented the results of the Angler Diary program run over the 2019 season.  His report can be found in the Reference Material section on this page.  

 
Blue Green Algae

July, 2020. Many waterways are experiencing blue-green algae which can be toxic. Fortunately, we are not aware of any toxic blooms on Pike Lake. 

 

Linden Davidson, the Lake Steward for PLCA, received a report from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) on the laboratory analytical results for the samples collected from Pike Lake on July 2, 2020. They show that both the total microcystins and total anatoxin-A concentrations were below the method detection limit of 0.1 and 0.2 ug/L, respectively. 

2019 Water Quality Report

Our PLCA Lake Steward, Linden Davidson, recently corresponded with Sarah Maclead-Neilson, the Surface Water Quality Coordinator for Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. At his request, Sarah provided the 2019 water chemistry results for Pike Lake. She also included all the data they have on site D (Donnelly Bay).  She noted the overall, water quality nutrient results, water clarity and E. coli counts were within recommended guidelines for 2019 with the exception of one sample at RVL-01D. (Site D - Donnelly Bay). 

 

Linden expressed his concern regarding Site D and Sarah noted she was aware this has been highlighted as an area with nuisance plant/algae growth. This is the one location where the Provincial Water Quality Objective (PWQO) was exceeded during June 2019 sampling.  In reviewing the complete dataset at this site she found that there was no evidence of a significant change in the total phosphorus concentrations, a slight downward trend (though not statistically significant) was observed in the graph.

 

Pike Lakers will recall that the creek flowing into this site was investigated in 2013 for possible influences on water quality, and Sarah supplied a copy of the report for our review.  

 

Sarah noted, " I think the shallow, sheltered bay with wetland influences contributes to the abundant vegetation growth observed at this site, particularly when paired with the warm weather we have experienced recently."

Here are links for the water quality report for 2019 including historical results and detailed information on the "Site D" results. 

2017 Pike Lake Catchment Summary

At the 2019 PLCA AGM Martin Czarski from the RVCA presented the recently updated Catchment Summary Report for Pike Lake. You'll find some great information on our lake clicking here.

2009 State of the Lake Report (SOL)

The intent of the State of the Lake report is to improve the knowledge and understanding of Pike Lake and its watershed by outlining its history, changes and trends over time, and examining the interactions and relationships of the lake environment relative to the pressures and issues facing the lake. While the pressures and issues identified by the lake community can have an impact on the entire Pike Lake watershed, the majority of the information presented in this report is specific to Pike Lake. You can find the report here.

HeatherLindale