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Monday, 29 May 2017 14:15

Lake Management Plan implementation survey launched

May 29, 2017 – The Community Advisory Panel and Kawartha Conservation are seeking community feedback on lake management plan implementation projects through a newly launched online survey.

The survey results will be shared during a half-day Stewardship Summit on July 15 at the Cambray Community Centre located at 2255 Elm Tree Road.

“The survey is one component of community consultation and engagement to get specific ideas for projects and priorities regarding lake management plan implementation,” said Community Advisory Panel Chair, Doug Erlandson.

“Working with our community partners and listening to the feedback of residents has been a key component of the lake management plans developed by Kawartha Conservation,” added former Chair Chris Appleton. “That engagement and consultation is continuing through the development of implementation actions.”

The survey results, in conjunction with feedback during the Stewardship Summit will help establish themes, priorities and specific short and long-term projects that will help inform decision-making and multi-year budgeting.

“Lake management plan implementation is a long-term investment,” explained Kawartha Conservation CAO Mark Majchrowski. “By consulting our community across the Kawartha watershed, we will be better able to develop a multi-year action plan and budgeting strategy that provides concrete actions and deliverables to community residents and our municipal partners.”

The survey will focus on five key areas: Stewardship, Strategic Planning, Urban and Rural Infrastructure, Research and Monitoring and Communications and Outreach.

“On behalf of our municipal partners, all of our lake management plans have been developed with strong public engagement and input,” explained Mr. Majchrowski. “We are continuing to engage our community and our partners while we develop community-focused priorities and specific implementation projects.”

Mr. Majchrowski stressed the survey and Stewardship Summit are not just for waterfront property owners, but for the entire community.

“Lake management plan implementation will benefit the entire community, from tourism to agriculture, downtowns, small business, economic development and urban and rural property owners” he said. "Implementing projects that will help protect and improve our lakes and rivers will benefit everyone.”

The survey is available Online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LakePlanImplementationSurvey, and can be completed until Sunday, July 9.

“We appreciate everyone taking the time to complete the survey and sharing it with their family, friends and neighbours,” said Mr. Erlandson. “We look forward to sharing the results at our Stewardship Summit on July 15.”