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NEWMARKET (August 19, 2019) Conservation authorities and Conservation Ontario are stunned by a letter that the Province circulated recommending that conservation authorities start shutting down any programs not related to their ‘core mandate’ as described by the Province in the proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act earlier this year. Conservation authorities (CAs) and their member municipalities received letters from Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), addressed to ‘whom it may concern’ on Friday evening (August 16) recommending that CAs start to wind down any programs not directly related to their ‘core mandate’. “This is confusing and…
AUGUST 19, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation and the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes are joining forces to bring pet lovers together for the Dog Days of Summer event at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Thursday, August 29. From 5p.m. to 7 p.m. Humane Society staff will be on hand with a number of cats available for adoption as well as any dogs available for adoption, the day of the event. Fortunately, the shelter’s dogs are usually quick to find forever homes in our community; cats tend to stay in the shelter much longer. “We really wanted to work with the…
AUGUST 13, 2019 – Council members and staff with the City of Kawartha Lakes received an update and presentation on the newly-completed Burnt River Flood Plain Mapping Tuesday afternoon. Director of Planning, Development and Engineering, Ron Warne and GIS/Mapping Technician Galen Yerex made the presentation to Council. The mapping was completed over 18-months and pulls 130 years of weather and hydrological data to provide the City and its residents with the most technically accurate flood plain information for the Burnt River area. “Technology has improved dramatically since the flood plain mapping was last completed in 1991,” explained Mr. Yerex. “The…
Monday, 12 August 2019 10:25

Order rain barrels by August 26

AUGUST 12, 2019 – There are a number of benefits to using rain barrels to harvest water, and Kawartha Conservation is giving you two more: great prices and the opportunity to help others, while you help yourself. Kawartha Conservation’s 2019 Rain Barrel sale orders end on August 26, with pick up slated for August 31. “This is a perfect opportunity to order rain barrels and accessories at great prices,” said Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “People can order 180 litre (47 Gallon) or 220 Litre (55 Gallon) rain barrels and a number of accessories from wooden rain barrel stands to downspout…
July 26, 2019 – The daily parking rate at Ken Reid Conservation Area will increase to $4 effective August 6. Annual parking passes will remain unchanged at $75 plus HST ($60 plus HST for seniors). The increase was approved by the Board of Directors during Thursday’s Board meeting. “The increase in the daily parking rate is necessary to be able to continue to invest in the infrastructure, trails, off-leash dog park and programming at Ken Reid Conservation Area,” explained Kristie Virgoe, Director Stewardship and Conservation Lands.  “In the last three years alone, we have seen costs of maintaining the roadway…
July 25, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s Board of Directors has approved the newly completed Bobcaygeon Flood Plain Mapping study. The Bobcaygeon watershed is located at the northeast end of Sturgeon Lake, with the extent of the mapping from just below the Sturgeon Lake Dam at the Big Bob Channel and Bobcaygeon River along Front Street to just north of Bick Street.“Flood plain mapping has been determined for the Bobcaygeon Tributary, which did not previously have detailed floodplain mapping,” explained Galen Yerex, Floodplain GIS & Mapping Technician. “It is important to have this information to determine where existing flood hazard occur,…
July 22, 2019 – The public is invited to attend four public consultation sessions to provide input on the Ken Reid Conservation Area Master Plan.Once complete, the Master Plan will guide the management, operation and development of Ken Reid Conservation Area. “We have had a great response to our online survey, and the in-person, public consultation will be another part of the process to get as much feedback and interaction from the public and conservation area users as possible,” explained Brianna Callaghan, Watershed Resources Strategist. The four public consultation sessions will be held on July 30, August 7, August 11…
July 19, 2019 – A limited number of spaces are remaining for the popular and much-sought after Project Management for the Practitioner workshop being hosted by Kawartha Conservation. Specifically geared to professionals who work in the public sectors including municipalities, townships, and the private sectors such as engineering, and other organizations which support infrastructure, technology and natural resources, this highly-interactive workshop will enable participants to understand foundational project management techniques and will allow the attendees to apply the tools and templates that will be introduced in this learning event. “This is a tremendous opportunity for people to take a highly-sought…
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 11:02

Now is a great time to order a rain barrel

July 10, 2019 – There are a number of benefits to using rain barrels to harvest water, and Kawartha Conservation is giving you two more: great prices and the opportunity to help others, while you help yourself. Kawartha Conservation’s 2019 Rain Barrel sale orders end on August 26, with pick up slated for August 31. “This is a perfect opportunity to order rain barrels and accessories at great prices,” said Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “People can order 180 litre (47 Gallon) or 220 Litre (55 Gallon) rain barrels and a number of accessories from wooden rain barrel stands to downspout…
Join us on Thursday, August 8 for the Conservation Classic Charity Golf Tournament at Sturgeon Point Golf Club. The proceeds from this fun, nine-hole tournament will help support stewardship projects in 2019. The Conservation Classic Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by Sturgeon Point Golf Club, begins at 4 p.m. with registration beginning at 3 p.m. In the event of rain, the Conservation Classic will be held on August 15. Cost is $60, and includes a BBQ dinner and prizes. Register online at http://bit.ly/KawarthaClassicGolf by August 5, 2019 as a single, couple or team of four. The raised funds from the tournament will support…
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