Below is a brief description of our Association’s Committees. You may also want to refer to Lake Wah-Wash-Kesh Conservation Association’s Conflict of Interest Statement (367 KB) or Committee Policies (409 KB).
Fish Enhancement Committee
- The original mandate of our committee, established in 1997, was to review the closure of Lake Wahwashkesh to ice fishing, and to make a recommendation to the Association about whether or not the closure should continue. Since then we broadened the mandate to include working with the MNR to assist in various data gathering techniques. We are actively working to determine the species, size, and number of fish, so that we can continue to improve sport fishing on our lake.
Water Quality Committee
- Maintaining a high quality of water in Lake WahWashKesh is central to the core mandate of the WWKCA, and to all of our enjoyment of this most special place in Ontario (and the world). To that end, the Association has created a dedicated “Lake WahWashKesh Water Quality Management Program”, which will be named in honour of Mike Maceina.
The program will be independently funded to ensure that we can continue the high standards that Mike has set over the years, and organized around the following founding principals:
- Acknowledge significance of Mike’s past body of work in this area
- Engage resources needed to continue water quality monitoring and measurement at a professional level
- Generate general awareness of the critical importance of water quality as primary measure for health and well-being of the Lake, its ecology, and ability of cottage owners’ enjoyment.
John Gardner will be co-chairing the Program and Terry Tweed (who worked side-by-side with Mike in his data collection efforts over the years) and will serve as WWKCA Board liaison. Please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in supporting the program with your time or treasure.
Planning and Development Committee
- In January 2000, we became part of the Municipality of Whitestone, and our Association has contributed significantly to the development of the Municipality’s Official Plan. Land use planning is very important to Lake Wahwashkesh, and the outcome of good planning must be to safeguard our beautiful waters and natural shorelines. Because of the diverse spectrum of interests in cottage country, some cottage associations are developing Lake Plans. The Lake Plan approach was presented to Association members in 2002, and Association Directors asked that the Whitestone Official Plan contain language that would allow us to take the Lake Plan approach in the future, if we so choose.
- PAD Terms of Reference
- Lake Stewardship means protecting the environment for current and future generations. On our lake, this involves using volunteers and often non-legislated actions and programs. The Directors of our Conservation Association consider themselves the stewardship committee for Lake Wahwashkesh. Our specific stewardship efforts are focused on the following activities: communication, education, fish enhancement, analysis and testing of our waters, community and lake shore planning, maintaining access to our waters, support for special reserves, maintaining water levels, keeping our lake shores clean and natural, protecting endangered flora and fauna, and as individuals providing proper septic systems. This stewardship approach is the fundamental principle underlying almost all that the Lake Wah-Wash-Kesh Conservation Association does for our beautiful piece of Ontario. top ↑
Projects and Volunteer List
- Membership Drive – Project Manager: Lynn Brennan
- Dock Maintenance – Project Manager: Al Gilewicz
Loon Raft – Project Manager: Don Comrie
Permit & Membership Mailing – Project Manager: Barb Cribbett
Task Force-Water Level – Project Manager: Jennifer Materne