An abundance of inland lakes can be found within the Algoma District (e.g., Desbarats Lake, Bright Lake, Caribou Lake and Big Basswood Lake). These smaller lakes are threatened by nutrient loading, which promotes blue-green algal blooms, invasive species, and impacts of climate change. To help manage these threats, local citizens groups have formed to assist shoreline residents make informed stewardship decisions and promote collaborative initiatives focused on water quality management and protection. Because of the vast amount of water in the area, lake associations have recently begun discussing the benefits of looking at entire watersheds rather than individual lakes.
Turkey Lakes Watershed Study
An excellent example of a long-term collaborative research program focused on local waters is the Turkey Lakes Watershed Study (TLWS). Established in 1979 through a collaborative partnership between Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the TLWS is one of the longest running ecosystem studies in Canada. For a full list of TLWS partners and information on the study scope can be found on Environment Canada’s TLWS website.
Inland Lakes East of Sault Ste. Marie
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