Lake Plan

A Sustainable Lake Plan is an action-oriented plan developed by the lake community, in consultation with local governments and agencies, to reflect, preserve, and restore the special character and ecological health of the lake.   The Lake Plan is a living document that is continually reviewed and updated periodically.

The proactive Lake Plan (based on the State of the Lake Report which contains historical and scientific information) includes a vision of long-term protection and sustainability of the lake’s ecosystem and associated benefits for future generations of residents through:

  • Identification of lake values and concerns held by the community at large;
  • Establishment of goals, objectives and actions to attain success of the Lake Plan over time;
  • Measurable community stewardship approaches (e.g. long-term monitoring of water quality, restoration projects, education initiatives, communications, etc.).

On July 25, 2015 the first Otter Lake Sustainable Lake Plan was presented at the OLLA Annual General Meeting (AGM).  On April 23, 2017 the Water Levels section of the Lake Plan was amended.  

In 2021 work began to update the Lake Plan to more accurately reflect the goals, objectives and actions for effective stewardship of Otter Lake.  Changes were made to the original Lake Plan, some minor and some more comprehensive, most notably changes to the Water Levels section and the addition of a Climate Change and Environmental Issues section.  

Many of the action items contained in the original Lake Plan are included in the 2nd Edition because they are either ongoing actions, actions that are still in progress, or actions that are still relevant but have not yet been undertaken.  New or amended action items are also incorporated in the Sustainable Lake Plan – 2nd Edition.  Action items that were removed and not included in the 2nd Edition were done so because they were either one-time actions and have been completed or the actions were determined to be no longer relevant to the goals and objectives for effective lake stewardship. 

A document entitled Summary of Action Items – An historical document related to the Otter Lake Sustainable Lake Plan – Original Edition (July 25, 2015) provides details on the outcomes of all action items that were included in the original version of the Lake Plan.

The Sustainable Lake Plan – 2nd Edition was presented at the September 18, 2021 virtual AGM.

OLLA Sustainable Lake Plan – 2nd Edition – September 18, 2021

OLLA_Summary Action Items July 25, 2021 for Lake Plan Original Edition July 25, 2015