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Oak Lake Water Assessment


Results of Water Quality Assessment

Presentation from  Hutchinson Environmental Services LTD.

Oak Lake Water Quality Report Final  


Notice of Public Meeting #2

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
Batawa Community Centre 
81 Plant Street
Batawa, ON 
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

At this Public Information Centre, Hutchinson Environmental Services LTD. (HESL) will present their findings from the water quality assessments that have taken place over the last year. They will also present their initial recommendations based on their results and answer questions from residents. There will be an opportunity for residents to share their thoughts on the initial recommendations.

 Online survey for Oak Lake residents

Notice of Public Meeting 

Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. (HESL) is pleased to have been selected by the City of Quinte West to perform a water quality assessment on Oak Lake. The purpose of the project is to analyze existing data and complete a water quality sampling program to inform the development of a lake management plan and prevent further degradation of water quality of Oak Lake. Findings will be documented in a detailed technical report to the City and at several public meetings, including the first public meeting on

Wednesday, August 15th
Farmtown Park, Stirling 
437 W Front Street
Stirling, ON 

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The intent of this survey is to introduce Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. to the residents and cottagers in the Oak Lake area and gather information on the public’s lake use and their perception of the severity of water quality issues in the lake. This survey is an important opportunity for lake residents to voice their concerns to HESL and the City so that appropriate management recommendations are developed. Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. is a small team of highly qualified aquatic scientists with extensive experience working on lakes in Ontario.  Brent Parsons will act as Project Manager and client liaison.  Dr Kristopher Hadley will lead field collection, data analysis and reporting, and will be supported by Clarke Heitman who will also perform door-to-door septic system inspections.

Completed questionnaires can be mailed to Hutchinson Environmental at 1-5 Chancery Lane, Bracebridge ON, P1L 2E3 or emailed to Please visit the City’s website at for more information. Any questions on the project should be directed to Chris Angelo, Director, Public Works and Environmental Services 613-392-2841 ext. 4406 or


QUINTE WEST, July 16, 2018 -  A water quality assessment of Oak Lake is set to begin this month. The City of Quinte West has hired Hutchinson Environmental Services Ltd. (HES) of Bracebridge, Ontario to undertake this project. The HES team offers extensive experience in aquatic science and specializes in sampling programs, policy development and lake/watershed management plans.

The first steps in the process will include the distribution of a survey to Oak Lake residents in July, a public meeting in mid-August and the first round of water testing in late August. 

Some of the components of this project to be completed by HES are as follows:

  • Identification of pollution sources within the watershed
  • Identification of water quality indicator parameters
  • Water quality sampling and monitoring over four seasons at 11 locations in the lake with a focus on oxygen depletion
  • A review of all agricultural discharges into the lake and propose remedial actions to improve water quality
  • A review of existing septic systems
  • A review of existing culverts and drainage affecting high water levels
  • Development of a lake management plan, with considerations for aquatic plant growth, algae blooms and water quality
  • At least three public open house meetings to keep all residents informed
  • A final report to be completed and presented to City Council no later than June 1, 2019

The City of Quinte West will work closely with other key stakeholders throughout the duration of the project, including: Lower Trent Conservation Authority, Ministry of Environmental, Conservation and Parks, and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

“Given the complexity of this issue, a collaborative approach will ensure that all areas of concern are addressed,”  says Chris Angelo, Director of Public Works and Environmental Services. “City staff will be the lead contact for any questions or inquiries. This will help centralize all information and allow HES to focus directly on the project.”

 Online survey for Oak Lake residents


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