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.


What does Porpoise Group do?

Ya, what does this company do? The last couple blogs talked about staff and ideas and connections and all that, but what is actually happening to get money in the bank? I will be blogging about each individual project/contract that Porpoise Group has handled so you see can learn from those experiences and see how the business works, but here are the basics for now:

Environmental education delivery

Stakeholder engagement

Conflict resolution



Watershed management

Energy advising

Organic waste management (medium-scale)