The Blackstone Lake Cottagers’ Association has been a proud Biosphere Charter member since 2014. BLCA has been actively involved in stewardship initiatives which promote education as a way to ensure environmental respect. The association partakes in annual water quality testing, organizes septic tank pump-outs, and practices mock-rescues for emergency preparedness.
Several years ago, BLCA participated in Kids in the Biosphere, which gave families on the lake a chance to engage in outdoor activities. Residents also hosted “stewardship parties” as part of the Life on the Bay program, in which GBBR staff educated cottage owners on best practices to shrink ecological footprints. Blackstone Lake also participated in the Love your Lake shoreline stewardship program and was featured in the GBBR episode of the TVO series Striking Balance.
BLCA feels lucky to have the GBBR in the community. The GBBR provides opportunities for similar organizations, and it is the goal of BLCA to communicate continuation of stewardship education.