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Friday, 12 May 2017 08:53

Lake Management Plan Implementation Stewardship Summit announced

May 11, 2017 – The Community Advisory Panel and Kawartha Conservation are pleased to announce a half-day Stewardship Summit to gather community input on lake management plan implementation.

Spearheaded by Community Advisory Panel Chair, Doug Erlandson and former Chair Chris Appleton, the Summit is intended to engage area full-time and seasonal residents and solicit input on lake management plan implementation projects and priorities.

“The Summit is part of a multi-year, consultative lake management plan implementation process,” said Kawartha Conservation CAO Mark Majchrowski. “We have undertaken considerable public consultation in developing our lake management plans. This Summit is an important next step in developing project priorities as part of the implementation, and we are excited to work with the community to implement projects of benefit to them.”

Mr. Majchrowski said the input received would help inform multi-year decision making and budgeting of lake management plan implementation priorities.

Mr. Erlandson, who also represents the Balsam Lake Association, said there is a lot of expertise in the community and ongoing consultation is critical to the success of the plans.

“As residents, whether full-time or seasonal, we all play a role in helping to protect our environment,” he said. “The lake management plans provide a lot of science-based research and data and now we are asking the public to bring forward their ideas and suggestions for what they see are the priorities for implementation.”

Mr. Appleton, a member of the Sturgeon Point community agreed.

“The Summit will allow community members from different backgrounds to come together and discuss priority areas and specific projects in their locale which will meet the objectives highlighted

The Summit is planned for Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Cambray Community Centre, 2255 Elm Tree Rd., Cambray. It is open to anyone who would like to contribute ideas and be part of a discussion on lake management plan implementation.

“This Summit will be a critical component in continuing to work with our communities to develop consultative priority projects for the short and long-term health of our watershed,” said Mr. Majchrowski. “We are looking forward to developing multi-year, long-term implementation budgets and strategies that address our community-focused lake management plans.”