McKellar Lake with be the subject of a broad-scale monitoring program this summer. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry science crews will be conducting netting operations on lakes across Ontario and will be on McKellar Lake until around September 30th. While the lake is being monitored, all nets will be clearly marked with orange MNRF buoys and lake users are asked to not lift the nets or buoys and avoid recreational activities between and around them. Nets will be checked and moved daily to a new location.
MNRF science crews will collect information on fish species, take water samples, and check for invasive species. This information will be used by biologists to evaluate the health of fish populations and make management decisions for Fisheries Management Zones.
McKellar council and residents at this week’s meeting are wondering what becomes of the data from these monitoring programs as Lake Manitouwabing finished a ten-year program last year with no results. Reeve Peter Hopkins told a resident during question period that he would contact the ministry to find out what those results are.