October 19, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation has released the first draft of the Head Lake and Rush Lake Management Plan and Characterization Report for public comment and review.
“This first draft of the Head Lake and Rush Lake Management Plan has taken into consideration all of the science and data that have been collected during the initial stages of the plan development,” explained Aquatic Biologist Brett Tregunno. “We have undertaken a thorough consideration of comments we have received during open houses with respect to the initial draft and recognize the tremendous insight and value local lake residents have on the health of Head Lake and Rush Lake.”
The purpose of the Plan is to: summarize the current state of the lakes, objectives for maintaining excellent water quality, and recreational enjoyment, and monitoring results, among others, and to provide a suite of recommendations for all lake stakeholders to consider undertaking to ensure a healthy lake is maintained.
“We are in the initial stages of the Head Lake and Rush Lake Management Plan,” said Mr. Tregunno. “This process began in 2014 and we appreciate everyone who has been involved and taken the time to share their thoughts and views with us throughout this process. We are proud of this document and this Plan and we look forward to hearing from the public regarding the initial Plan.”
Posted on the website at www.KawarthaConservation.com along with an accompanying publication to the Plan entitled the Head Lake and Rush Lake Watershed Characterization Report; this provides more detailed technical information on several aspects of the Lake including: Land Use, Water Quality, Water Quantity, Aquatic Resources, and Terrestrial Natural Heritage.
“We would be pleased to meet with land owners, lake associations or anyone individually or as a group to hear your feedback and engage in a dialogue regarding draft one of the plan,” said Mr. Tregunno. “All of the comments and feedback will be summarized and included in a second draft to be released in 2018, following which there will be a second round of public comment before we finalize the plan.”