Project – Lake Planning at Lake Bernard

Porpoise’s Purpose in the Lake Bernard community: Get the Lake Bernard community set up to write their own lake plan to keep Lake Bernard healthy and beautiful for years to come.

How did it happen? With the assistance of several community members, Porpoise Group synthesized background research, revisited old conversations, and struck up new ones relevant to the future of Lake Bernard (which is supposedly the largest lake in the world without an island). The research was compiled into a document titled “This Is Not A Lake Plan”, because it wasn’t a lake plan. It was the nitty-gritty science and background to help set the stage for involved community members to write their own lake plan. It’s much more powerful to write your own plans than have someone else write them!

The process of creating “This Is Not A Lake Plan” involved:

-Scientific research with aquatic systems expertise

-Multi-stakeholder engagement

-Vision creation through facilitated workshops

“This Is Not a Lake Plan” can be read in two formats:

As a Microsoft Word document here

Or as a PDF document here

In the time since “This Is Not A Lake Plan” was written (July 2011), involved lake community members have used it to write a first draft of a lake plan that will be presented for consultation in Summer 2012. Sweet!!

Very special thanks to Jocelyn Palm, Jim Schmidt, and the entire Glen Bernard Camp for driving the lake planning process forward.

Glen Bernard Camp Eco-Education Program

The existing program was already at the very top of the pack in Canada. Porpoise Group’s work focused on keeping the program fresh with new activities and different teaching approaches. These included:

-Making hydrological and topographical maps of the Lake Bernard watershed available to staff and campers

-Teaching campers how to use basic water quality testing kits

-Using the maps and kits in combination to understand how watersheds work, visually looking at and experiencing the interaction of streams, groundwater, surface water, and the human element.