Blue Canoe representatives Erinn Lawrie and Colin Carter paddled their way across seven lakes this summer, speaking with shoreline property owners about protecting water quality and ecological health. They reached more than 1,025 people, going from dock to dock and door to door, and sharing information at various events and meetings. The Blue Canoe Program is supported by the City of Kawartha Lakes and the RBC Blue Water Project, and has reached over 3,375 people in the Kawarthas since 2012!
During their outreach, Erinn and Colin provided information packages, answered questions and concerns about the lakes, and conducted a survey. They were encouraged by the level of interest property owners had in taking action on their properties, as well as by the number who had already taken positive steps to improve water quality. By meeting one-on-one, we were able to provide some of the know-how that will help property owners take their stewardship activities to the next level, as well as gain new insights about changes in the lakes and what is most important to protect.
The support of cottage and road associations, along with enthusiastic community members, also made a significant impact. With their help, we were able to get many more people involved in best management practices.
Many thanks to everyone for another great year!