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A strong low pressure system is predicted to pass through southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed, in the next three days, bringing significant amounts of precipitation. Rain is expected to start tonight persisting into Saturday. As forecast by the Ministry of Natural Resources, total precipitation of up to 50 mm can be expected over the next three days with locally higher amounts possible due to thunderstorms. WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK DATE:                   April 17, 2019TIME:                   2:00 p.m. Message sent on the basis of information received from: Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry –…
As reported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Trent-Severn Waterway, flow in the northern tributaries continues to increase due to intensified runoff from the snowmelt and precipitation. As those rivers flow into the Kawartha Lakes, water levels of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes will continue to rise. The daily rates of water level increase has been from 2 to 7 cm over the last week; however, it may intensify as more rain is forecast, starting Thursday. WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY – KAWARTHA LAKESDATE:    April 16, 2019TIME:    11:00 am             Message sent on the basis of…
APRIL 16, 2019 – On Saturday, May 11, Kawartha Conservation and the Kawartha Foundation are inviting families and individuals to help Mother Nature in Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area by planting endangered Butternut and companion trees.Meeting at the Devitts Road parking lot (4560 Devitts Rd Scugog, ON) at 10 a.m., the tree planting event will include planting nearly 300 Butternut and companion trees which will continue to help re-establish the endangered trees in the area.“This is a wonderful opportunity to not only visit Durham East Cross Forest, but to see some of the restoration work that is taking place…
A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - FLOOD OUTLOOK is now in effect for the entire jurisdiction of the Kawartha Conservation watershed. This message replaces Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety that was issued Thursday, April 11th 2019. DATE:                   April 12, 2019TIME:                   3:00 p.m. Message sent on the basis of information received from:•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network•    Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry •    Environment Canada•    Trent-Severn Waterway A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - FLOOD OUTLOOK is now in effect for the entire jurisdiction of the Kawartha Conservation watershed. This message replaces Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety that was issued Thursday,…
April 12, 2019 – Have you been interested in birding? Or wondered what types of birds make their permanent and temporary home in the Kawartha Region? Join Kawartha Conservation’s Rob Stavinga for an educational and fun Introduction to Birding on Saturday, May 4 at Ken Reid Conservation Area.“The focus of the day will be introducing people to birding, or for people who are already avid birders, introducing them to eBird,” explained Mr. Stavinga. “I will be covering a variety of topics geared towards novice birders and those simply interested in how to find, spot and identify different birds that can…
APRIL 11, 2019 – A handful of citizen scientists are still needed for Pigeon Lake as well as for the north, east and south side of Cameron Lake for a water quality project this summer.Volunteer citizen scientists will need to take samples and record the information once per month for a total of four samples during the summer months. All of the training and materials will be provided to the volunteers, and each volunteer will also be provided with a copy of the findings from the data collected at the end of the three year study.Debbie Balika, Water Quality Specialist…
A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY is in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes. The water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes are expected to rise over the next few days due to higher inflows from northern tributaries such as the Burnt and Gull rivers. As reported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Trent-Severn Waterway, flow in the northern tributaries will keep increasing as a result of intensified runoff from the snowmelt and upcoming precipitation. As those rivers flow into the Kawartha Lakes, water levels of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and…
APRIL 9, 2019 – The sounds and sights of spring migration are in full flight at Ken Reid Conservation Area as song birds and waterfowl begin their long journey north. “We’re extremely fortunate at Ken Reid to have a diverse environment which supports a variety of birds and waterfowl species,” explained Watershed Resources Technician, Rob Stavinga. “The Provincially Significant McLaren Marsh as well as the shallow bay areas of Sturgeon Lake are home to dozens of species of ducks, loons, geese, swans, osprey and more, while the inland areas of the conservation area offer a host of bird viewing opportunities…
APRIL 10, 2019 – Each spring many lakefront property owners experience a natural phenomenon known as ‘ice heaving’ or ‘ice jacking’. Winter can result in substantial changes to the shoreline of the lakes in our watershed. Ice can push mud, clay, soil, and rock from the bottom of the lake and from along the shoreline up onto the land, often resulting in large ridges or mounds. The mounds or ridges are referred to as “ice ridges”, “ice pushes”, or “ramparts”. But how do these ice ridges occur and what causes them? Ice on the lake expands naturally when temperatures increase,…
April 1, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s Board of Directors unanimously supported and endorsed two lake management plans during their Board meeting on Thursday, March 28. The Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Management Plan as well as the Head Lake and Rush Lake Management Plan will now help guide future decision-making and actions on the lakes. “These plans have been put together through a lot of time, effort, consultation and feedback from a broad cross section of residents, science and technical backgrounds, local shoreline and watershed residents and other stakeholders,” said Kawartha Conservation Board Chair Ted Smith. “We are proud of…
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