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					Survey for Koshlong Watershed Lake Plan – Summer 2008
This survey has been prepared to ensure that a wide range of ideas and views are
considered in the preparation of the Koshlong Watershed Lake Plan. Its intent is to
identify what you think is important as a member of the Koshlong lake community.

Instructions:

Complete the survey and mail it by July 31, 2008. One survey per household. Please
try to answer every question. There are no right or wrong answers in this survey.
Please place an “X” in the box associated with the response that best reflects your
opinion. Include any additional comments on the last page. Most questions require an
answer. If you do not have an opinion, or if the question does not apply to you, please
mark ‘undecided’ or ‘no opinion’. After your survey is completed, please mail it to:
Dennis Choptiany at 140 Raymerville Dr. Markham, ON L3P 4M9

You can also deliver the survey at his cottage, 1065 Turtle Rock Lane or #265 in Dysart
Bay - but please phone beforehand to ensure that someone is there.

Make your voice heard. Wide participation and active involvement will ensure we have
a healthy and natural environment and more enjoyable experiences at the lake.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact us by email at
(KoshlongLake@Gmail.com). If email is not available you may also phone Dennis
Choptiany, or members of the steering committee. Check the KLA web site for names of
those on the Steering Committee.

A summary of the Survey results will be published in the next newsletter and on our
web site. Details and conclusions from the survey will be used to create the Koshlong
Lake Plan.

The following information is needed in order to determine that only one survey is
submitted per property owner. Individual responses will be treated as confidential and
will not be shared with anyone beyond the Lake Plan Steering Committee. All
publications on survey data will be based on group data only and we will not report
individual information.



Your Original ‘KLA Assigned’ Lot Number: _________

Your 911 Address: _____________________________________________________________

Your Name (print): _____________________________________________________________

Your Signature: ________________________________________________________________

Would like to become a member of the Steering Committee or Action Group?

              Yes -                 No -           Undecided -



The above information will be used to ensure that only one survey has been submitted per
property. Once that information has been logged, it will be separated from the rest of the
survey, so that the survey itself is anonymous.
     Survey for Koshlong Watershed Lake Plan – Summer 2008


  1. Please rate how the following elements add to your personal enjoyment of Koshlong
     Lake. (Please check only one box for each row)


                          Very      Somewhat                     Not
Positive Values         Important   Important     Important    Important    Undecided
 1. Water Quality
 2. Natural Shoreline
 3. Scenery/View
 4. Seeing Wildlife
 5. Peace & Quiet
 6. Swimming
 7. Fishing
 8. Ice Fishing
 9. Power Boating
10 Water Skiing
11 Wakeboarding
12 Tubing
13 Canoeing
14 Kayaking
15 Sailing
16 Wind-surfing
17 Jet Boating
18 Night Skies
19 ATV’ing
20 Snorkeling
21 Scuba Diving
22 Hunting
23 Snowmobiling
24 Snowshoeing
25 XC Skiing
26 Other (describe)
27
28
29
30

  Other values: ___________________________________________________________

  ______________________________________________________________________
 2. During the past five years how much of a negative impact has the following had on
     the enjoyment of your property? (Please check only one box for each value)

                           Very        Somewhat                        Not
Negative Values          Important     Important       Important     Important     Undecided
1. Water Pollution
2. Water Levels
3. Boat Traffic
4. Boat Wakes
5. Boat Speed
6. Jet Boating
7. Rowdy Campers
8. Rowdy Neighbours
9. Noise – day time
10 Noise – night time
11 Water Skiing
12 Wakeboarding
13 ATV’ing
14 Snowmobiling
15 Outdoor Lighting
16 Hunting
17 Logging
18 Heavy Trucks
19 Algae Blooms
20 Water Weeds
21 Taxes
22 Other (describe)
23

 Other values: ___________________________________________________________


 3. Water Quality:

     a) How would you describe the quality of the lake water (check only one):
             Excellent ______, Good _____, Poor ______, No Opinion _______

     b) What items concern you, regarding the quality of the lake water (check any):
         Algae ______, Bacteria _____, Smell ______, Clarity ______, Scum ____

     c) Do you have any other specific concerns regarding the quality of the lake water:
         (please specify) _________________________________________________

     d) What would you recommend to improve the quality of the lake water:
         (please specify) _________________________________________________
4. Water Quality Monitoring:
   KLA currently monitors the water quality, in accordance with the provincial Lake Partner
   Program, by taking Secchi disk readings, and submitting water samples for phosphorus
   analysis.

   a) How would you describe this level of monitoring:
            Sufficient ______,      Insufficient _____,         No Opinion ________

   b) If you answered ‘insufficient’ then how should it be improved?
       __________________________________________________________________
       __________________________________________________________________

   c) If additional analysis be done, please identify the agents that should be monitored:
       __________________________________________________________________


5. Septic Systems:
   In order to maintain reliability (and prevent runoff into lake), septic systems should
   generally be inspected and pumped every 2-5 years, depending on usage.

   Should the Lake Plan be used to:
   a) educate property owners on septic system usage –                  Yes -      No -

   b) encourage proper maintenance of septic systems –                  Yes -      No -

   c) How often is your septic systems pumped –                         Don’t Know -
      1-3 years -       4-6 years -       6-10 years -                  > 10 years -

   d) How old is your septic system –                                   Don’t Know -
      1-5 years -      6-15 years -           16-30 years -             > 30 years -

   e) Do you do anything else to improve the functionality of your septic system?
   Describe ________________________________________________________


6. Use of Fertilizers and Herbicides:
   Although fertilizers and herbicides can improve the growth and appearance of your
   lawn and plants, they can also add phosphorous and toxins to the lake. Additional
   phosphate concentrations can encourage the growth of algae and both fertilizers and
   herbicides can affect the drinking water of nearby wells or downstream communities.

   Should the Lake Plan be used to:
   a) educate property owners on the use of chemicals –                 Yes -      No -

   b) discourage the use of fertilizers and herbicides–                 Yes -      No -

   c) Do you use fertilizers annually for lawn or plants –              Yes -      No -
       (Do not count usage for container plants)

   d) Do you use herbicides annually to control weeds –                 Yes -      No -
 7. Shoreline Protection:
   Natural shoreline buffer zones are better than grass at absorbing phosphorous and
   sediment in runoff water after a rain or snow melt, and doesn’t need to be fertilized.

   Should the Lake Plan be used to:
   a) educate property owners on shoreline maintenance –                  Yes -       No -

   b) educate property owners on wildlife friendly waterfronts –          Yes -       No -


 8. Water Levels (by Season):
   Water levels are now under the command of Parks Canada. If you had control of the
   water levels, what changes (if any) would you make during each of the 4 seasons:

    Season                Higher             Lower          Leave As Is         No Opinion
    Spring
    Summer
    Autumn
    Winter

    NOTE: Water levels are lowered in the autumn months to provide better spawning conditions
    for trout. They are maintained at a low level in the winter to provide a basin to trap the snow
    run-off. They are high in the spring to mitigate flooding problems downstream and to provide
    more spawning areas for small mouth bass. In the summer, the water is used to maintain
    safe navigation water levels in the Trent-Severn Waterway.


 9. Water Levels Issues:
   What issues do you have with the current water levels (check all that are applicable):
     a) Navigation issues when water levels are low                ( )
     b) Access to property                                         ( )
     c) Ability to moor boat at dock, when water level is low      ( )
     d) Ice Damage to shoreline structures                         ( )
     e) None                                                       ( )
     f) Other (please specify) __________________________________________


10. Water Control Report:
    Are you aware that a study has been made on the control of waters in the Trent
    Severn Waterway (TSW) and a report has been presented to the Federal Minister of
    the Environment?         Yes -                No -

        NOTE – a copy of this report is available at the TSW Panel web site:
                    http://www.tswpanel.ca/english/default.asp

    If you have read the TSW report, are there any unaddressed issues and
    recommendations that should have been included in the Lake Plan:
    ____________________________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________________________

                  (For more information on this issue, see the Koshlong Web site .)
11. Wildlife:
    Wildlife is an integral part of cottage country. Have you seen or heard the following
    species on or near your property (Check all boxes that apply):
    (NOTE – Although all wildlife is significant, many species, like Blue Jays, Mergansers,
    Chipmunks, Rock Bass, and Mosquitoes are commonplace and have been excluded from
    this list. However, blank space has been provided for you to add unusual or endangered
    species that you have witnessed on or near the lake .)

          Species             Last Year       2-5 Years       > 5 Years         Never
     Deer
     Red Fox
     Bear
     Porcupine
     Skunk
     Wolves
     Racoon
     Mink
     Moose
     Beaver
     Rabbit
     Lynx
     Coyote
     Crawfish
     Bullfrogs
     Spring Peepers
     Snapping Turtle
     Salamander
     Garter Snake
     Wild Turkey
     Other (describe)
12. Water Usage:
    How do enjoy using the lake water (check all that are applicable):
       a) swimming                                 (    )
       b) boating                                  (    )
       c) sailing                                  (    )
       d) windsurfing                              (    )
       e) canoeing and/or kayaking                 (    )
       f) tubing                                   (    )
       g) water skiing                             (    )
       h) wake boarding                            (    )
       i) fishing                                  (    )
       j) snorkelling                              (    )
       k) scuba diving                             (    )
       l) other (please specify) ________________________________


13. Watercraft
    Do you currently own a watercraft (specify the number of each watercraft):
       a) power boat                                (   )
       b) pontoon boat                              (   )
       c) paddle boat                               (   )
       d) canoe                                     (   )
       e) kayak                                     (   )
       f) sail boat                                 (   )
       g) windsurfing board                         (   )
       h) Personal Water Craft (eg. Sea-Doo)        (   )
       i) other (please specify) _____________ (        )

14. If you own a power boat, please specify:
                                                  1st boat     2nd boat   3rd boat
        a) type of motor -
               i. outboard                       ( )         ( )            ( )
               ii. inboard                       ( )         ( )            ( )
               iii. inboard/outboard             ( )         ( )            ( )
        b) technology -
               i. 2-stroke                       ( )         ( )            ( )
               ii. 4-stroke                      ( )         ( )            ( )
        c) composition
               i. Fibreglass                     ( )         ( )             ( )
               ii. Aluminum or other metal       ( )         ( )             ( )
        d) horsepower rating of motor -    _________ HP _______           _______
        e) length of boat -                _________ ft. _______          _______

15. If you own a pontoon boat, please specify:

        a) length of pontoon boat -        _______ ft.
        b) horsepower rating of motor -    _______ HP
        c) technology -
               i. 2-stroke                       ( )
               ii. 4-stroke                      ( )
        d) composition
               i. Fibreglass                     ( )
               ii. Aluminum or other metal       ( )
16. If you own a Personal Watercraft, please specify:
                                       1st PWC        2nd PWC                 3rd PWC
        a) length of PWC -             _________ ft. _______                  _______
          b) horsepower rating of motor - _________ HP          _______       _______

17. Development
     Development is a multifaceted result of the growth, dreams and affluence of our society.
     Some of it, like the growth of our lake community, is considered to be beneficial. Some
     community development (either onshore or backlot) can mean faster repair hydro or phone
     lines and availability of high-speed Internet access. However, other development, like open-
     pit mining, can be detrimental.
     Should the Lake Plan take a position on:
     a) Shoreline Fractional Ownership development –
                                    encourage -           discourage -
     b) Shoreline Lodge or Condominium development –
                                    encourage -           discourage -
     c) Backlot subdivision development, with water access rights –
                                    encourage -           discourage -
     d) Backlot subdivision development, with no water access -
                                    encourage -           discourage -
     e) Backlot condominium development, with water access rights -
                                     encourage -        discourage -
     f) Backlot condominium development, with no water access -
                                     encourage -        discourage -
     g) The subdividing and sale of crown land -
                                    encourage -           discourage -
     h) Commercial logging on crown land, with a setback of -
             200 metres -           ½ kilometre -         1 kilometre -
     i) Commercial open pit mining, with a setback of -
                 1 kilometre -      3 kilometres -          10 kilometres -
     j)   Specify any other development and restrictions that should be noted:
          _______________________________________________________
          _______________________________________________________
          _______________________________________________________

18. Noise and Light
    Noise can be a natural outcome of exuberant joy or merely an example of boorish
    behaviour. Noise that is acceptable during the day can be disturbing at night. It can
    also be difficult to address, even with the co-operation of the OPP. Similarly, light
    pollution is becoming an issue with many landowners.

     In view of the lack of legal status, should the Lake Plan address limitations on:
     a) Noise during daylight                             Yes -           No -
     b) Noise at night                                    Yes -           No -
     c) Light pollution                                   Yes -           No -
19. Boathouses
    Boathouses, of all sizes, are ubiquitous on Muskoka lakes. Should the Lake Plan
    take a position on the building of boathouses?
         Restrict -           No Position -           Don’t know -


20. Community Information:

    a) Is your Koshlong property used for Seasonal or Full Time living?
             Seasonal -                       Full-time -
    b) If you are Full Time, then how many people live there? ________

    c) If you are seasonal user, then how often do you use your property?

          Month                  Avg. # of days      Avg. # of people
          January
          February
          March
          April
          May
          June
          July
          August
          September
          October
          November
          December


    d) For the seasonal cottagers with road access, if the road was plowed would you
       use your cottage in the winter (assuming that you do not do so right now):
             Yes -            No -                    Don’t Know -

    e) If you answered yes, then how many days might you use the cottage? _____


    f)   If seasonal, would you consider retiring or moving permanently to Koshlong:
             Yes -            No -                    Don’t Know -


    g) In what year did you or your ancestor acquire your lot on Koshlong? _______

21. Taxes
    Are taxes becoming more of a significant burden?
             Yes -            No -             Prefer Not To Say -
22. Property Assessment Increases:
    Since taxes are effected by property value assessments, how would you prefer to
    see MPAC administer the assessment, in the future:
     a) Leave as is (ie. 4 year re-assessment phases)            (   )
     b) Annual re-assessment, but a 5% cap in increases          (   )
     c) No re-assessment until sale of property                  (   )
     d) Other method (specified below)                           (   )


    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________


    Note - The current Liberal government proposal (ie. option ‘a’ above) is that the
           increase would be phased in equally over the 4-year period.

    Note - For a detailed overview of property assessment issues and options, check
           the WRAFT web site at www.wraft.com


23. Additional Information:
    Please identify the most important action(s) that you believe should be take
    to preserve and enhance the lake and surrounding environment for future
    generations:
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________

24. Building a Sense of Community:
    What action(s) should be taken in order to develop or improve the
    community spirit on Koshlong:
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
25. If this survey has missed something important, please tell us what it is,
    what needs to be done and why. (Please attach another page if need.)
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________

26. If you have some historical or anecdotal information that should be
    considered for inclusion in the Lake Plan, then describe it below. (Please
    attach another page if need.)
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
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    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________
    ______________________________________________________________



    If you would like to become a member of the Steering Committee or an action group,
    then please contact Dennis Choptiany. His contact information is available in
    Wavelength and on the Koshlong Lake web site ( KoshlongLake.ca ).

				
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