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.
WHAT MAKES BOBS & CROW LAKES SO SPECIAL?
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.
WHAT IS THE BOBS & CROW LAKES FOUNDATION?
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.
WHAT DOES THE BOBS & CROW LAKES FOUNDATION DO?
The primary goal of the Bobs and Crow Lakes Foundation is to acquire donations and to authorize expenditures to fund projects that:
- aid in the protection, restoration and maintenance of water quality,
- protect fish and wildlife populations,
- encourage the prevention of forest fires and water pollution,
- encourage water safety practices and the lawful operation of watercraft,
- educate and increase the public’s understanding of the issues affecting the quality of the lakes environments and,
- do all other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above goals.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FOUNDATIONS ACHIEVEMENTS?
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.
HOW IS THE BOBS & CROW LAKES FOUNDATION FUNDED?
Funds come from three areas:
- Donations to the Bobs and Crow Lakes Foundation.
- Fund raising events (such as an annual auction.)
- Project grants from other foundations and government agencies.