Highlands Lake Stewardship (Friends of Fork Lake)
To promote (pro-actively) the principles of lake stewardship amoung Highlands residents, by means of grassroots, volunteer, community based initiatives.
Highlands Lake Stewardship Project
Geographic area: District of Highlands approximately 8 miles NW of the city of Victoria, BC.
The headwaters of 3 watersheds are located in Highlands Municipality, namely, the Craigflower watershed, the Millstream watershed, and the Pease watershed.
Activities currently take place on 4 of 10 Highlands lakes: Fork Lake, Teanook Lake, Third Lake and Pease Lake. In 2001, it is anticipated that Eagles Lake will join the project.
The remaining 5 lakes, Mary, Mitchell (First), Second Fizzle and Matson will undoubtably become involved over time.
Current Activities and Projects
Water Quality Testing Program
On-going bacteriology and chemical analysis baseline and monitoring programs at Fork, Teanook, Third and Pease lakes, supported by the Water Quality Branch of the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks.
1990-00 Royal Roads University major research project included an inventory of predominant flora and fauna in the Millstream and Craigflower watersheds.
Invasive Species Inventory and Recommendations
2000-01 Royal Roads University major research project identified dominant invasive species and recommended measures for removal or control.
American Bullfrog Monitoring Program
Highlands Lakes are included in the research currently conducted by UVic PhD doctoral candidate Purnima Price. Resident Stewards benefit from Purnima's on-going support.
On-going meetings, speakers, newsletters, socials and activities to encourage and support grassroots community initiatives.
Completed Activities and Projects
Water Quality Testing/Monitoring Programs at Fork, Teanook, Third and Pease Lakes
Biological and Invasive Species Research and recommendations
Regular communication via newsletter, meetings, speeches
1999-2000 SOFA Report- Royal Roads Environmental Science students facilitate expansion of water quality program to Teanook Lake and complete biological inventory
2000-01 KETAH Report- Royal Roads Environmental Science students facilitate expansion of water quality program to Third and Pease Lakes and complete invasive species identification and recommendations for control
1. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks (Water Quality Branch)
2. CRD Parks
3. Highlands District Community Association, the umbrella organization for stewardship
4. Royal Roads University Environmental Science Department
5. UVic PhD candidate, Purnima Price
6. District of Highlands- approval and support 'in principle'
Newsletters- approximately a dozen since 1997
SOFA Report- 1999-00 major research project prepared by RRU students
KETAH Report- 2000-2001 major research project prepared by RRU students
Computer Science engineer- to create a database management program (web based)
Baseline data (water analysis) has been compiled for 50% of Highlands lakes. This data is not presently available on-line for residential or municipal use.
c/o 5029 Stag Rd
Victoria, BC V9E 1G7