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Below normal rainfall observed over the past four months is continuing to bring very dry conditions to most of southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation’s watershed. As a result, a Kawartha Water Response Team has been established, and has upgraded the Low Water Condition levels within its watershed jurisdiction. The Water Response Team is coordinated by Kawartha Conservation, and includes local municipal, agriculture, recreation, NGO, and government representatives. The Team met on August 12th at Kawartha Conservation’s Administration Office to discuss the watershed’s status and next steps to respond to the drought situation. Moving forward, the Team will continue to encourage…
The Draft Four Mile Management Plan, initiated in 2013, includes a set of recommendations and actions based on four years of science and research. The goal of the Plan is to maintain and enhance the environmental health and economic sustainability of Four Mile Lake and the land that drains to it. The plan, funded by the City of Kawartha Lakes, will be completed in 2017, followed by implementation.  Plan development has been a collaborative effort among many agencies, groups, and stakeholders who have an interest in the health of our lakes. Thank you to all who attended the Four Mile…
Kawartha Conservation has declared a Level 1 low water condition and is encouraging a voluntary 10% reduction in non-essential water use across the entire Kawartha Conservation watershed. This includes areas within the City of Kawartha Lakes, Scugog, Brock, Municipality of Trent lakes, Cavan Monaghan, and Clarington. According to the Ontario Low Water Response (OLWR) Program, the Level 1 low water condition is declared when a watershed receives only 80% or less of the normal amount of precipitation over a 3 month period. Level 1 is the lowest of three levels, and the first indication of potential water supply problems. Dry…
The Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors was faced with a challenging decision at their June meeting regarding the proposed construction of the Sumac Ridge Wind Park in the City of Kawartha Lakes (former Township of Manvers). The portions of the Sumac Ridge Wind Park development within Kawartha Conservation regulated areas under its Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alteration to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation (2006) involve the construction of one wind turbine, associated construction and lay down areas and access roads, the installation of utilities (electrical & fiber optic lines), horizontal drilling beneath a watercourse, and the installation of seven new…
Monday, 06 June 2016 11:25

Here comes the Blue Canoe!

For the 5th year in a row our Blue Canoe team will be paddling the lakes of the Kawarthas this summer.Beginning in mid-June until the end of August, the Blue Canoe team will be travelling along the shores of lakes within the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Municipality of Trent Lakes. Equipped with two canoes and knowledge about lake health and shoreline restoration techniques, the Blue Canoe team will travel dock-to-dock answering questions about shorelines, lakes, and actions that landowners can take to help improve the health of their lake. Since the launch of the program in 2012, the…
An aging wildlife viewing platform at Fleetwood Creek Natural Area was replaced and upgraded with accessibility features this spring with the help of the Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute (LCVI) Gold Star Construction Program. The platform provides a commanding view of a unique 900 acre forest located on the Oak Ridges Moraine. In its ninth year, the Gold Star Program provides students with first-hand opportunities to apply their construction skills on real job sites. Students in this program, through the support of community partners, complete their credits for a semester while building a variety of construction projects. Following the program,…
Each winter, following the first major snowfall, the gates just north of our Administrative Centre at Ken Reid Conservation Area are locked for the season, restricting vehicle access into the northern portion of Ken Reid.  The beach and group camp roads are not maintained throughout the winter months, making the road conditions in those areas unpredictable. The gates have now been reopened for the season. Parking is available at Ken Reid for $2.00 per day.  Please deposit funds into the pay and display machine just before the first stop sign when you enter the park and display the ticket on your…
The Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors was faced with a challenging decision at their March 23rd meeting regarding the proposed construction of the Snowy Ridge Wind Park in the City of Kawartha Lakes (former Township of Manvers). The portions of the Snowy Ridge Wind Park development within Kawartha Conservation regulated areas under its Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alteration to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation (2006) involves the construction of two wind turbines, associated construction and lay down areas and access road, and installation of utilities (electrical & fiber optic lines) on three private properties. Permit applications for the work were…
Conservation Authorities are reminding residents of dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and urge people to keep family and pets away from the edge of all waterways. Spring is quickly approaching and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. Warmer temperatures, however, also bring: rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses.  With the recent snowfall and swiftly changing temperatures, there is a possibility for localized flooding during the melting period. Slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can…