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The initial objective of the White Lake Stewardship Plan Steering Committee is to prepare a comprehensive State of the Lake Report. This report will take into account the scientific data related to White Lake which has been collected over many years dating back to the 1950s. The data will be compiled and interpreted by experts on lake and drainage basin ecology. This process, started in the fall of 2015, will take up to two years to complete.

The State of the Lake Report will then be used as a guide to produce the White Lake Stewardship Plan and will indicate the direction of future research and lake water quality monitoring activities. The Stewardship Plan will include actions needed to be taken in order to improve and/or preserve the quality of the waters of White Lake as well as to preserve the integrity of its shoreline and surrounding watershed. This process will also take approximately an additional two years to complete.

Input into the State of the Lake Report and the White Lake Stewardship Plan is being coordinated by a Steering Committee of the primary partners. These partners include local lake associations, representatives of the four municipalities, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry,  the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, a number of local business owners and the Algonquin First Nation.

Facilitation services for the Steering Committee are being provided by French Planning Services Inc. with the assistance of Watershed Canada. Funding is being provided by a generous grant from the Gottlieb Foundation and private donors.

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