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December 19, 2016 – Kawartha Conservation has released the second draft of the Four Mile Lake Plan for public comment. The first draft of the plan was released for public comment in August and included open houses in Coboconk and Burnt River. “Draft two of the Plan has taken into consideration all of the feedback we received throughout the initial public consultation process,” explained Aquatic Biologist Brett Tregunno. “We have undertaken a thorough consideration of all comments received and have made significant changes to the revised Plan that reflect the desires and concerns expressed by the public.” During the first…
December 16, 2016 – The majority of the Kawartha Conservation watershed will remain in a Level II Low Water Condition at least through the balance of 2016 and into January, while a Level III Low Water Condition will remain in effect for the Township of Scugog. “We have seen some improvement in flows in local watercourses but precipitation has continued to be extremely low in November. The groundwater levels are still low and now, when temperatures are below the freezing mark, snow accumulates on the ground and there will be very little ground water recharge until spring,” explained Kawartha Conservation…
December 2, 2016 – As 2016 begins to wind down and students and teachers start looking towards Christmas and the New Year, now is a great time to book winter and spring education programs for your classrooms with Kawartha Conservation. Based at Ken Reid Conservation Area in Lindsay, the Outdoor Education Program offers a number of specialized classes for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. “All of our programs tie into Ontario’s approved curriculum and support opportunities for students to learn in a natural setting,” explained Environmental Education Technician Elizabeth Travers. Fostering a connection to and appreciation for the natural…
November 25, 2016 – Following months of one-on-one interviews, public input, Board and staff engagement and industry consultations, Kawartha Conservation’s board of directors approved the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan. The document is a key tool in directing the ongoing lake management, science, research, and other environmental work of Kawartha Conservation staff and all of our partners in the face of a changing climate. “As CAO I am extremely proud of this document and all of the work that has gone into producing it,” said Kawartha Conservation CAO Rob Messervey. “Over the course of 2016 we conducted numerous interviews with municipal leaders,…
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:53

Free Water Well Workshop December 5 in Blackstock

BLACKSTOCK, ON – November 23, 2016 – As many people continue to struggle with the drought conditions that have impacted the Kawartha Conservation watershed, homeowners, residents and business owners will have an opportunity to hear from and talk with experts during a FREE Water Well Workshop December 5 in Blackstock. The Managing Your Well During Drought workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Blackstock Recreation Complex and will cover a number of topics of interest to the local community. “We have heard from a number of concerned residents and business owners about their wells as the…
November 22, 2016 – Drought conditions are continuing across the Kawartha Conservation watershed with significantly-reduced precipitation in October and through the first half of November. On Monday, November 21, the Kawartha Water Response Team continued the Level II low water condition declaration for the majority of the watershed with a Level III low water condition declaration for the Township of Scugog. “Recorded three month precipitation from August to October was below the average precipitation for this period throughout the watershed,” explained Kawartha Conservation Hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko. “Our flow indicators for October show that with the exception of Blackstock Creek, all…
Lindsay, ON – November 18, 2016 – Registration is now open for the 24th Annual Kawartha Woodlot Conference being held at Fleming College in Lindsay on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The theme ‘Healthy Forest, Healthy Community’ will cover a broad range of topics ranging from managing woodlots as part of a natural heritage system to invasive species, tree identification and plantation thinning, species at risk and fun in the forest. “We have put together a fun and informative agenda for conference participants,” said Eleanor Reed, Chair of the Woodlot Conference Planning Committee. “We have some great speakers and presenters for…
PORT PERRY, ON – November 14, 2016 – A new weather monitoring gauge station has been established in Port Perry, which will provide critical weather and climate data for the urban community. The project is a collaborative partnership between Kawartha Conservation, Region of Durham and the Township of Scugog.   The Port Perry weather monitoring station will enhance the existing weather monitoring network across the Kawartha Conservation watershed that includes real-time precipitation gauges at Indian Point Provincial Park near Coboconk, Ken Reid Conservation Area in Lindsay and a number of additional locations across the watershed.  “The new weather monitoring station…
KAWARTHA LAKES, ON – November 11, 2016 – Two Kawartha Conservation staff will be presenting and taking part in expert panels as part of the Latornell Conservation Symposium, one of Ontario’s premier annual environmental events being held in Alliston November 15 to 17. The Symposium provides a forum for practitioners, policy makers, nongovernment organizations, academics and businesses to discuss the challenges and opportunities in Ontario’s conservation field. Stewardship Outreach Technician Greg Bunker will be leading a session titled ‘Insight into Outreach: BlueScaping in the Kawarthas’, while Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark will be joining an expert panel on Stewardship Strategies for…
KAWARTHA LAKES, ON – November 7, 2016 –Offering more than 30 kilometers of sustained trails across hundreds of acres in five conservation areas, Kawartha Conservation boasts a wealth of outdoor recreation activities for local residents, families and visitors. Each year thousands of families and individuals venture to Ken Reid and Windy Ridge Conservation Areas, Fleetwood Creek Natural Area, the Pigeon River Headwaters and Durham East Cross Forest to bike, hike, walk, run and more. Unfortunately, not everyone who visits a conservation area sticks to the trails and can unintentionally impact delicate eco-systems, plant and animal habitat. “Conservation areas exist so…