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Monday, 17 July 2017 12:26

Lake Management Planning Stewardship Summit a huge success

SummitJuly 17, 2017 – Local urban, rural and waterfront property owners, as well as members of the agriculture and business brought their enthusiasm and ideas to the Cambray Community Centre on Saturday for a half-day Lake Management Planning Stewardship Summit.

“The purpose of the summit was to hear directly from all stakeholders across the Kawartha watershed about their thoughts and ideas for projects that would directly benefit our lakes, streams, rivers and communities,” explained Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark.

The information, ideas and priorities brought forward on Saturday, along with results from an ongoing Lake Management Planning survey on the Kawartha Conservation website, will help formulate a strategy for addressing priorities over the next five years.

“Our specialized staff will be working with the community and municipal staff to review the information and determine how the project ideas might be implemented in both the short and long term,” explained Mark Majchrowski, CAO of Kawartha Conservation. “That information will help lake planning partners develop an implementation strategy with key measurements in place.”

To date, lake management plans have been started or completed for Balsam and Cameron Lakes, Canal and Mitchell Lakes, Four Mile Lake, Head Lake, Lake Scugog, Pigeon Lake, Shadow Lake and Sturgeon Lake.

“We have already started to implement a number of action items from the specific lake management plans. With this Summit, we wanted to  talk to all watershed residents, not just waterfront residents, on their priorities and how they believe we can best help protect the health and quality of our lakes, our environment and our communities,” said Dave Pridham, Manager of Technical and Stewardship Services.

“It is critical that we work with our community residents and partners to develop a 5-year plan that delivers tangible, measurable results,” said Doug Erlandson, Chair of the Community Advisory Panel. “The summit is an important component of reaching out to community members and soliciting their input and ideas as part of a broader discussion.”

“It was great to see the interest from the community as well as the ideas exchanged and level of discussions on how we can all work together and move forward,” said former Community Advisory Panel Chair Chris Appleton. “From the turnout it is clear there is a tremendous interest in how we can help protect the health and sustainability of our lakes and our communities.”

A summary of the feedback as well as list of project ideas and topics will be posted to the Kawartha Conservation website in the coming days.

The Lake Management Planning Stewardship Survey will remain open until August 15 for residents to complete if they have not had a chance to. The survey can be accessed by going to www.KawarthaConservation.com.