Environment Team Projects - Current
Invasive Aquatic Species Monitoring
In concert with Watersheds Canada and Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN), MLA is undertaking a series of surveys to better catalog the state of vegetation in the lake, and to detect at the as soon as possible when various invasive species are introduced.
Invasive Aquatic Species Awareness
Invasive species are one of the greatest threats that Canada faces with respect to the survival of our wild animal and plant life. These species arrive unexpectedly and often, accidentally and quickly establish themselves in the absence of natural predators. These species cost Canada billions of dollars in losses to forestry, agriculture, fisheries and other industries.
There's something very Canadian in listening to the haunting call of the Loon. Besides music to our ears and memories of happy cottage or camping times, the Loon also provides a very good gauge of the water quality of our lakes. No Loons...? Not Good! So, keeping track of the Loon population is a good way to supplement and corroborate water quality assessments from other projects that the MLA works on.
Water quality information on Mississippi Lake has been gathered under a variety of programs since 1968, primarily to examine the trophic status of the lake (the amount of biomass present in the lake). Please consult the Table below for definitions of the Status levels.
SQL and Decibel Coalition
Several years ago, the MLA joined an initiative called Safe and Quiet Lakes (SQL). This organization, while focused on lakes in the Muskokas, addresses concerns that many of our lakes share:
• Safe lakes for everyone who wants to use the lake
• Quiet lakes that allow everyone to enjoy the sounds of nature and be able to speak at normal voice levels
• Sustainable environments so that we can all share this resource with future generations
Love Your Lake Microgrant
Healthy shorelines are among the most productive and diverse environments supporting a vibrant community of plants and wildlife, filtering pollutants and protecting against erosion.
The Love Your Lake Microgrant Program provided a $500.00 grant to the MLA to take action toward improving and maintaining shoreline and lake health.
Mississippi Watershed Youth Engagement Program
The MLA is proud to announce a new program for the youth of our area thanks to a $5,000.00 grant received from the Lanark County Community Grants Program, along with a $1,000.00 contribution from the MLA itself.
We are looking for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are interested in learning about the Mississippi River Watershed and who would like to participate in some fun outdoor projects to help support and conserve the watershed. If you live in Mississippi Mills, Beckwith Township, the Town of Carleton Place, Drummond-North Elmsley, or the Perth area, we’d love you to be part of this great Program!
Lanark County Climate Action Plan and Lake Association Coalition
In late 2021, Doreen Donald, the Chair of the MLA’s Environment Team, was invited to talk with the Lanark County Climate Action Committee. This Committee includes a representative from all lower-tier municipalities in Lanark County and Smith Falls, as well as two PCP and Climate Network Lanark representatives.
DataStream Database Pilot
This project provides a place for water monitors and researchers to share their data and increase the reach and impact of their work.