The Foundation is committed to benefit the community by protecting the environment through financial support and participation in environmental projects designed to: preserve and protect flora and fauna as well as educating and increasing the public’s understanding of the environment and its importance by offering eco fairs, courses, seminars, conferences and meetings, and by collecting and disseminating information on that topic.
The environment of Bobs & Crow Lakes is much more than pristine waters, beautiful landscapes of rugged rock and verdant forests, or abundant fish and wildlife, though it certainly is all those things. The lakes, the land and the people are interconnected in ways that extend beyond the physical. Those who live here, whether on a permanent, seasonal or temporary basis, share a social environment, one based on respect for peaceful, private enjoyment, while acknowledging and often celebrating in gatherings. It includes an economic environment that supports and is supported by those same residents and visitors, one that is again based on respect both for each other and for the natural gifts of plants, wildlife and clean water that bring us all here. The environment of these lakes is an inclusive one, comprised of each of these elements and reliant on the interconnections between them.
The Bobs and Crow Lakes Foundation is a registered charity in Canada and the United States, founded in 2005 under the auspices of the Greater Bobs & Crow Lakes Association. The Foundation works in harmony with the Greater Bobs & Crow Lakes Association to preserve and enhance the quality of the environment around the greater Bobs and Crow Lakes area for present and future generations.
The primary goal of the Bobs and Crow Lakes Foundation is to acquire donations and to authorize expenditures to fund projects that:
The Foundation funded the cost of designing, printing and distributing copies of a boating information card to the residents and visitors to Bobs and Crow Lakes. This laminated card outlines valuable safety information specific to Bobs and Crow Lakes as well as general guidance, legal requirements and advice on responsible boating.
The Foundation has provided funds for the purchase of tables and chairs for the Crow Lake School house to facilitate lectures and educational programs.
Foundation funding also continues for the major rehabilitation of walleye spawning areas and other parts of the fisheries program administrated by the GBCLA. Fisheries is an area that requires regular maintenance funding.
Volunteers from the GBLA upgraded the hazardous marker buoys on the lakes with commercially made yellow marker buoys with reflective tape. The number of the buoys was increased. These buoys meet Canada Transport and Canadian Coast Guard Standards. The cost to produce these buoys was funded by the Foundation
The Foundation responded to a request for funding from the GBCLA to help with the printed presentation of the shoreline survey of the lakes. These binders, with individual assessments of each property, are presently being distributed to lake residents.
Emergency fire pumps have been installed in certain areas throughout the lakes, aided by grants from the Foundation to the applicants to help with the cost of the pump. These pumps do not replace fire department response but are an added tool to keep fire from spreading, particularly in difficult locations until the arrival of emergency personnel.
Funds come from three areas: