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July 5, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation, in partnership with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, will be hosting a shoreline naturalization workshop on Saturday, July 22 in Kirkfield. This is the second workshop on shoreline naturalization in conjunction with LSRCA. “This is a really great opportunity for shoreline residents to hear about not only the importance of shoreline naturalization, but also how they can protect their shoreline and the lake with low-cost projects,” explained Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Technician Kelly Gibson. Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Integrated Watershed Management Specialist Kaitlyn Read will lead off the event with an overview and…
June 29, 2017 – Beginning in July, Kawartha Conservation in collaboration with the Church of the Ascension, Township of Scugog, Scugog Lake Stewards and a commercial landowner will begin the first part of an ecological restoration of William’s Creek in Reflection Park. William’s Creek is Port Perry’s most urbanized watercourse. Unfortunately, high stormwater flows and upstream erosion combined with sedimentation downstream has resulted in perfect conditions for the establishment of Japanese knotweed, a highly invasive plant. Japanese knotweed roots can damage infrastructure and building foundations and once established it is especially resilient to removal efforts.  This and other invasive species…
June 28, 2017 – What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than by enjoying the beauty and tranquility of the great outdoors? To encourage area residents and visitors to enjoy Canada’s ecological diversity, on Saturday, July 1, parking will be free at Ken Reid Conservation Area. “As Kawartha Conservation’s flagship conservation area, Ken Reid is a beautiful 110 acre area featuring numerous trails and boardwalks highlighting different ecological features,” explained Conservation Areas Acting Coordinator Jon Hale. “Ken Reid offers several loop trails that lead through forests, meadows, and wetlands. A favourite route includes the floating boardwalk that winds through…
June 23, 2017 – Bathymetry surveying and mapping will begin on Sunday, June 25 and continue for the next month along the Burnt River system. The project will include mapping and surveying approximately 20 kilometers of river from the Village of Burnt River to Cameron Lake. Kawartha Conservation awarded the contract to J.D. Barnes Limited following the closing of the Request for Proposals on June 2. “In partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes, we are undertaking a special project to complete flood plain mapping of the Burnt River watershed,” explained project lead, Kawartha Conservation Floodplain GIS/Mapping Technician Galen Yerex.…
Friday, 23 June 2017 10:17

FLOOD WATCH

June 22, 2017 – Proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act announced recently are welcome news say Kawartha Conservation CAO Mark Majchrowski and Board Chair Ted Smith. “Conservation Authorities play a significant role in flood forecasting and monitoring, updating outdated flood plain mapping, reviewing development applications, working to address the impacts of climate change and so much more,” explained Mr. Majchrowski. “Unfortunately, since the Act was created in the 1940s, it has not kept up with a lot of current challenges and realities faced by municipalities and conservation authorities.” For the past two years, Ministry staff have been in talks…
June 20, 2017 – Parents who wish to register their 4 or 5 year olds for the Amazing Animals Day Camp on Wednesday, July 5 at Kawartha Conservation have until Monday, June 26. “Our four one-day camps for kids have been extremely popular with parents and caregivers,” explained Nancy Aspden, Coordinator of Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist. “We have had a lot of interest and each of the sessions is booking up quickly.” The camps will each run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Camp participants can be dropped off at 8 a.m. and picked up at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $45…
BlueScaping is all about landscaping urban areas to manage stormwater on site. Here is our latest demonstration site at the Victoria Park Armoury in Lindsay.    
June 9, 2017 – Looking for a fun-filled, hands-on, educational camp for children this summer? Kawartha Conservation is offering a series of one-day camps for kids ages 4 and 5. “We’re really excited about these camps,” explained Nancy Aspden, Coordinator of Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist. “We have put together a really fun and informative series of camps that will keep kids engaged in an outdoor education setting.” Themes for the four, one-day camps will be Amazing Animals, Art in Nature, Wonders of Water and Bugs. “We wanted to offer a diverse mix of camps so that parents who were interested, had…
Thursday, 08 June 2017 12:24

Attention Burnt River Residents

Kawartha Conservation, in partnership with and on behalf of the City of Kawartha Lakes, is undertaking a flood plain mapping study for Burnt River, between Cameron Lake to the Village of Burnt River, to plan future development and prepare for possible flood emergencies during heavy rains or rapid snow melts. As part of this study, we will be doing survey work within the area during the next few weeks. To facilitate this study, starting in mid-June, Kawartha Conservation staff and surveying consultants will need to access Burnt River resident properties to gather elevation data and survey water crossings, such as…