October 19, 2017 – Following three years of science, monitoring and data collection, Kawartha Conservation has released the first draft of the Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Management Plan and Characterization Report for public comment and review.
“We launched the Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Management Plan project in 2014, which has allowed us to monitor the two lakes and undertake science and data collection to help inform the first draft of the Lake Management Plan,” explained Aquatic Biologist Brett Tregunno. “During the three years we have met with residents and associations on both lakes and this initial draft takes those discussions, comments, observations, science and data into account and is reflected of where we need to go to help ensure the health and long-term sustainability of both lakes.”
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.
“Lake management plans are a community-wide effort and partnership,” said Mr. Tregunno. “We are very appreciative of the time, effort and support shown by the community of both Shadow Lake and Silver Lake, and look forward to receiving the public’s feedback on the initial draft of the Plan.”
Posted on the website at www.KawarthaConservation.com along with an accompanying publication to the Plan entitled the Shadow Lake and Silver 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.
Public comments are being accepted until December 31, 2017 and Mr. Tregunno will be pleased to meet with land owners, lake associations or anyone individually or as a group to hear their feedback regarding draft one of the plan.
“We will be taking all of the feedback during the commenting period, and summarizing the feedback with additional recommendations in draft two of the Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Management Plan in 2018,” said Mr. Tregunno.