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Environment

by Paul Ecclestone 

Stats (found at the bottom of this page) were last updated May 2020

Ash Recycling

There is some very exciting and encouraging research going on in regards to this subject.  I STRONGLY encourage you to have a look at the info cards below (from Friends of the Muskoka Watershed).  There is a wealth of interesting information at their websites.  Click the links below. 
Ash Muskoka
Friends of Muskoka Watershed

And while on the subject of water quality, I suggest having a look at the District of Muskoka's WaterWeb site as well.  Lots of good information.  Of particular interest to all of us is a section called Waterfront Living.  Check it out!
Muskoka WaterWeb

Click any image below to enlarge.

Bald Eagle sighting!

A bald eagle nest has been sighted by our lake!  According to Stephen Scholten (Management Biologist - Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Bracebridge) even though they are no longer listed as a threatened species they are still tracked provincially and nests on inland lakes in southern Ontario are still fairly uncommon. Stephen would be interested in hearing about nesting activity if it is used in the future (705-646-5523) or email him at steve.scholten@ontario.ca.  Conversely you can report through the Government of Ontario website.  It should be noted that this is for animals and plants.

Survey and Report Links

Click here for the 2010 CAISN survey of Echo
Click here for Muskoka Watershed Report Cards Click here for Muskoka Water Web

ALERT!

Do you love our loons? Did you know Ontario's loon population is rapidly plummeting? This is partly being brought about by toxins spread in our waters by boats. If you take your boat, canoe, or kayak in and out of different bodies of water, you must clean it well each time you take it from one body of water to another. This is vitally important to the health of all of our lakes and rivers.
Take care of our lake! 
This is the result of some thoughtless campers. Please have the courtesy to keep our wonderful island clean and pristine for the next campers. A reminder also to make sure your fire is out. We lost 3 trees because of the carelessness of a couple of campers that led to the fire on the island 4 summers ago.

Zebra Mussels

 Zebra Mussels Threaten Northern Lakes from Cottage Life. The article is available here.

Lake Partner Program

As you may or may not know, I have been designated the Lake Partner contact for Echo Lake. As such I am expected to take water quality measurements once a year in the spring, and then water clarity and temperatures measurements hopefully twice a month. I will endeavour to keep you all informed of the current numbers via this page. I have marked the location of the sample point (the deepest part of the lake - 45 feet / 13.7 m) on the map below. A special thanks to Dr. Truscott for providing me with that point courtesy of his fish finder. 

Why measure water clarity and phosphorus? 
Please click this link if you are interested.  :^)
Pin indicates sampling location
Pin indicates sample location for temperature and water clarity.

2020 Water Temperature (oC) @ 1m Water Clarity
May 23 17 3.1m (10' 3")
June 4 19 3.7m (12' 1")
June 28 22 2.4m (8' 0")
2019 Water Temperature (oC) @ 1m Water Clarity
May 16 12 2.8m (9' 1")
June 6
16 4.1m (13' 5")​
June 23 23 3.6m ​(12')
July 22
26 3.8m (12' 6")
August 11
22 3.4m (11' 2")
August 26
24 2.8m (9' 1")

2018 Water Temperature (oC) @ 1m Water Clarity
May 12 13 3.3m (10' 8")
June 10 22 2.6m (8' 6")
June 17 24 2.9m (9' 7")
July 12 26 3.3m (10' 11")
July 23 25 2.5m (8' 3")
August 19 26 4.3m (14' 1")
2017 Water Temperature (oC) @ 1m Water Clarity
May 17 16 3.1m (10' 1")
June 3 18 3.1m (10' 3")
July 2 23 ​2.5m (8' 1")
July 27 Not able to attain ​2.8m (9' 3")
September 21 Not able to attain ​3.1m (10' 2")
2016 Water Temperature (oC) @ 1m Water Clarity
May 12 15 3.3m (10' 9")
July 6 24 4.2m (13' 10")
August 1 N/A 4.4m (14' 7")
September 16 16 3.9m (12' 9")
September 25 14 4.1m (13' 6")
2015 Water Temperature (oC) @ 1m Water Clarity
 May 24
17 2.3m (7' 8")
June 20
21 2.9m (9' 6')
July 6
22 3.2m (10' 5")
August 22
24 3.1m (10' 2")
November 29 3 2.6m (8' 6")

2014 Water Temperature (oC) @ 1m Water Clarity
June 7
21 2.7m (8' 11")
July 10
22 3.3m (10' 8")
July 27
22 3.4m (11' 2")
August 11
24 3.6m (11' 8")
​October 30
9 2.1m (7' 0")


2013 Water Temperature (oC) @ 1m Water Clarity
May 20
18 2.4m (8' 0")
June 9
19 3.0m (9' 11")
July 3
23 2.8m (9' 2")
August 5
22 3.1m (10' 4") 
October 27
6 1.5m (4' 11")


2012 Water Temperature (oC) @ 1m Water Clarity
May 13
15 4.6m (15' 2")
June 10
20 5.0m (16' 4")
July 2
23 4.1m (13' 6")
July 13
25 3.5m (11' 5")
August 15
22 3.9m (12' 9")
September 2 22 4.6m (15' 2")


2011 Water Temperature (oC) @ 1m Water Clarity
May 21
19 3.7m (12' 2")
June 5
20 3.4m (11' 2")
June 19
22 2.7m (8' 9")
July 7
25 3.4m (11' 2")
July 19
26 3.5m (11' 6")
August 26
23 3.0m (10' 0")
October 9
16 3.2m (10' 6")


2010 Water Temperature (oC) @ 1m Water Clarity
May 23
15 3.9m (12' 9")
June 13
20 3.7m (12' 2")
July 14
27 3.5m (11' 6")

Ice Watch


Year Spring Breakup Fall Freeze-up
2009 April 17 December 16
2010 April 1 December 8
2011 ​April 26 December 21
2012 March 24 December 20
2013 April 23 November 28
2014 April 28 November 28
2015 April 22 ​January 4!
2016 April 19 December 11
2017 ​April 15 December 10
2018 May 4 November 20
2019 May 2 December 2
2020 April 16 tbd
Average April 20 December 9