A low pressure system is moving through Southern Ontario, bringing significant amounts of precipitation into the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Environment Canada forecasts that the rain will arrive Saturday and continue through to Sunday afternoon and may be heavy at times. Rainfall accumulations of 30mm to 50mm are forecasted over the weekend in our watershed. There is also a risk of thunderstorms that may bring higher rainfall amounts in localized areas.
For the most part, watercourses in the watershed have returned to near normal conditions after heavy precipitation early in the week. However, ground conditions remain saturated and are likely to contribute increased runoff resulting from the forecast rain event. Should forecast precipitation materialize, local flooding of low lying areas can be expected.
The forecasted rainfall will result in higher flows in all rivers and streams, resulting in dangerous flow conditions. All watercourses in our area will experience higher than normal water levels. As a result, local streams will become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts of bridges. Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.
This Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety will be in effect through Monday, June 29, 2015.
Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes. If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding or ice jams, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.
Iryna Shulyarenko Rob Messervey
Hydrologist Chief Administrative Officer
Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is a general notice that existing or potential conditions pose a risk to personal safety. Watershed Conditions Statements - Water Safety may be issued when streams are flowing at or near bankfull levels, when ice conditions are unsafe, or when stream banks are icy, soft and/or slippery.
This spring, Kawartha Conservation submitted a project idea through the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation’s (CST) Inspired Minds Learning Project, which challenges communities and organizations across Canada to submit new and innovative ideas to support the growth and development of children ages 0–17. Project ideas in a variety of categories are featured in a national contest that encourages Canadians to vote for their favourite projects to help them win funding support. In addition to the voting, ‘Category Champions’ are selected by five notable Canadian judges who use various criteria for selecting the successful submissions.
The winners of the grant contest were announced on Tuesday June 9th, 2015, and Kawartha Conservation was selected as one of two ‘Category Champions’ in their contest category ‘The Great Outdoors’. Each ‘Category Champion’ will receive $10, 000 to support their project.
Kawartha Conservation’s project idea Connecting Kids with Conservation, will offer a curriculum-linked outdoor education program for children within the City of Kawartha Lakes, northern portion of the Region of Durham, and surrounding areas. Using Ken Reid Conservation Area in Lindsay as the backdrop, students will have the opportunity to participate in educational programs in an outdoor classroom and explore their surroundings.
“I was so excited when I got the call from CST”, says Nancy Aspden, Kawartha Conservation’s Coordinator of Environmental Programs. Aspden is the project lead for Kawartha Conservation’s pilot outdoor education program and is hopeful that the funding will really help to boost local opportunities for learning about the natural environment. “It feels great to know that our project was selected based on its innovation, impact, and viability rather than solely on the votes we received”, Aspden says, “It gives us extra assurance that we’ve really pulled together an outstanding project.”
All eligible projects submitted through the contest underwent two separate voting rounds, which encouraged Canadians to vote daily for their favourite projects through the CST website, and on Facebook and Twitter.
“Our community partners really got behind us throughout the voting rounds of this contest,” says Rob Messervey, CAO of Kawartha Conservation. “We had the local School Board, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and other Conservation Authorities, voting, promoting our idea on social media, and posting flyers in their offices. We are so grateful for all of their support and the support of any others who voted and helped spread the word.”
To see the full results of the Inspired Minds Learning Project contest, click here.
Pay and Display machine coming to Kawartha Conservation’s most popular area July 2, 2015
Beginning July 2nd, 2015, Kawartha Conservation will begin charging a nominal entrance fee at Ken Reid Conservation Areas in Lindsay. Ken Reid Conservation Area is a stunning local green space with many unique features, including Howler’s Corners, the only off-leash dog park in the City of Kawartha Lakes. The area has seen a significant increase in visitors in recent years.
Approximately half of the 300 publicly accessible conservation areas across Ontario have a daily fee associated with using them. When the popularity of a natural area increases, additional resources, both human and financial, are required to properly maintain the area so that amenities don’t become run down or degraded. Kawartha Conservation does receive municipal funding to help support their programs, including the management of their five conservation areas. However, because of Ken Reid’s popularity, additional funds are required to maintain and improve the current level of service and to ensure it remains a safe and enjoyable place for visitors.
“The revenue generated from charging entrance fees will be reinvested directly into the continued maintenance and development of roadways, parking areas, the off-leash dog park, and other infrastructure within Ken Reid Conservation Area ”, says Rob Messervey, CAO of Kawartha Conservation. “We view this as a necessary change, and we hope it will allow us to make Ken Reid an even more enjoyable place to visit.”
Ken Reid Conservation Area’s regular hours of operation from May to October are 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. seven days per week. As of July 2nd, when visitors enter the park they will find a pay and display machine located within the park to the right of the entrance road before the first stop sign. This new pay and display system will require park visitors to deposit fees (coin or credit) into a machine from the comfort of their vehicle to receive a slip which they will then display in the windshield of their vehicle. The daily entrance rate will be $2.00 per vehicle, or visitors will have the option of purchasing an annual pass for $75.00, or $60.00 for seniors (age 60 or older), through Kawartha Conservation, valid for one year from date of purchase. Annual passes will be available at the Kawartha Conservation Administration Centre beginning July 2nd.
Messervey believes that the option of purchasing an annual pass is a great one for “visitors who use Ken Reid more than three times per month.” In those cases, he says, “this pass results in cost savings.”