Awarded to the Lake Windermere Ambassadors (LWA) Society to empower and educate citizens and decision-makers with reliable data on the lake’s water quality and ecological health; and strengthen community water stewardship through ongoing water quality monitoring, support for science-based management and outreach.

PROPONENT: Lake Windermere Ambassadors

DESCRIPTION: The Lake Windermere Ambassadors direct a Community-Based Water Monitoring and Citizen-Science Education program within the Lake Windermere watershed. 2019 marked the thirteenth year of lake monitoring since the Lake Windermere Project began collecting water quality data in 2006.

OBJECTIVE: This ongoing project has three main goals/objectives:

  1. To empower citizens and decision-makers with current, comprehensive, and reliable data about Lake Windermere’s water quality and ecological health;
  2. To strengthen a community ethic of stewardship and conservation in the Lake Windermere watershed;
  3. To promote support for science-based management on behalf of local and regional governments.

These goals are achieved through:

  • continuing to collect scientific data about the lake, creeks, and public beaches (as per Ministry of Environment guidelines);
  • continuing to collect information about waterfowl populations using the lake;
  • building on preliminary attempts at flow monitoring by improving flow logger setup and continuing to collect data to develop a rating curve for Windermere creek and Abel creek;
  • collecting data that will lead to preparation of a State of the Lake report in 2020 (analyzing at least 10 years of data and highlighting long-term changes to water quality, sensitive habitat and foreshore areas, and summarizing our current understanding of water quantity/flows and fish and wildlife populations) and beginning work on the State of the Lake Report;
  • continuing to update the LWA water data portal website with graphs, tables, and information that can be used as an educational tool for classrooms and individuals; and,
  • compiling all of this information into resources for stewardship and conservation education and outreach, targeting opportunities to improve water quality, restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, and provide management recommendations that will help preserve ecological integrity of shorelines and upland areas.