May 15, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation staff have launched two floodplain mapping projects to continue the critical work of updating or establishing floodplain mapping tools within the Kawartha watershed. McLaren’s Creek and Fenelon Falls South will be the subject sites for the next 18-months.
Updating and establishing floodplain mapping for approximately 9.5 kilometres of McLaren’s Creek and 6.5 kilometres of Fenelon Falls South will help guide land use decisions in the two areas for the foreseeable future.
City of Kawartha Lakes and Conservation Authority staff were informed they had been approved for a National Disaster Mitigation Program funding grant towards the $180,000 cost of both projects.
“As the frequency and intensity of severe weather events continue to grow, updating and establishing floodplain mapping is critical to the safety of people and property,” explained Kawartha Conservation CAO Mark Majchrowski. “These two projects continue to better position Kawartha Conservation and the City of Kawartha Lakes to provide added surety in protecting people and their property from flooding events, and will be used in our planning and permitting activity.”
Richard Holy, Manager of Policy Planning for the City of Kawartha Lakes said once complete, the floodplain mapping will help guide land use decisions in the area.
“The City is very pleased to have Kawartha Conservation receive the National Disaster Mitigation Program funding from the Federal government, which will be used to secure and establish floodplain mapping for McLaren’s Creek and Fenelon Falls South,” he said. “The floodplain mapping for these two areas will improve our understanding of the watercourses and better guide land use decisions in the future.”
With improved technology, the data provided through these floodplain mapping projects will allow the City and Kawartha Conservation to be much more prepared for potential threats.
Kawartha Conservation and City staff both noted the updated floodplain mapping will provide better emergency management and planning information.