June 8, 2017 – Trent Matters, along with Parks Canada (Trent Severn Waterway) and Kawartha Conservation will be hosting a free two-hour workshop on dealing with excess aquatic plants on Saturday, June 10 at the Bolsover Community Centre.
The free workshop is a great opportunity for landowners to get assistance from Parks Canada staff to complete permit applications for plant control efforts they plan to complete in 2017.
“I’m pleased to see these organizations together for this important workshop,” said Kawartha Lakes Ward 1 Councillor Rob Macklem. “Responsible lake management is of utmost importance to all of us.”
Canal and Mitchell lakes, in particular, have been identified as lakes experiencing significant impacts from excessive aquatic vegetation. Excessive aquatic vegetation can include blockage of watercrafts to navigation channels, impairment of recreational opportunities and lowered property values.
“This is a great opportunity for people to come out and receive assistance and information on improving their waterfronts,” said Kawartha Lakes Ward 4 Councillor Andrew Veale.
It is important to remember that aquatic plants play an important role in lake ecology, so it is imperative that waterfront owners follow best management practices to avoid any negative effects to overall lake health.
“We wanted to bring together a group of knowledgeable organizations to provide information to waterfront property owners as well as review the permitting process so that the excess aquatic vegetation is being removed effectively and responsibly,” explained Trent Matters’ Frank Corker.
Dr. Brian Ginn from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority will speak on the ecology of aquatic plants, with Kawartha Conservation’s Holly Shipclark speaking to the various aquatic invasive species found locally. Beth McEachern from Parks Canada will be the third speaker and talk specifically about permits for aquatic plant removal in the Trent-Severn Waterway.
A short question and answer period will follow with a working session for landowners to go over their permit applications with Parks Canada staff.
The Managing Aquatic Plants Workshop is for any lakefront property owner within the Trent Severn Waterway who would like to learn more about dealing with excess aquatic plants and take advantage of filling out permit applications with Parks Canada staff on site.
The free workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bolsover Community Centre, 16 Bolsover Road. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.