Protecting and enhancing the Oak Ridges Moraine and Greenbelt will be a major focus at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. At the AGM on March 9th in Lindsay, Debbe Crandall, Policy Director with Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition and Past Chair of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, will discuss these unique landscapes and the unique opportunities that come with them.
The Oak Ridges Moraine is one of the most significant landforms in the province, encompassing a wide area that includes the south ends of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Township of Scugog, and Township of Cavan Monaghan, and the north end of the Municipality of Clarington. Often called the ‘rain barrel’ of Southern Ontario, the moraine absorbs rainwater into the ground, then slowly releases the cool, clean groundwater into creeks and rivers.
City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham will also speak at the event, and will discuss the City’s new Strategic Plan and the ways in which the objectives and actions in the Plan support a vision for a healthy environment in the Kawarthas.
Environmental Recognition Awards will be presented to individuals and groups within the Kawartha watershed who have made outstanding contributions in 2015 to a healthy environment. There will also be a year in review presentation on lake management planning, our pilot outdoor education program, conservation area improvements, and other projects in 2015.
The community is invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on March 9th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Admiral Inn and Conference Centre. Following the meeting will be refreshments and an opportunity to network with the Board and guests.
For more information and to RSVP your attendance, click here or call 705.328.2271 ext. 220.
We are currently in the process of updating our Management Plan for the Conservation Area, and are conducting a short visitor survey. This visitor survey will allow us to capture feedback and ideas for consideration and possible implementation into the Management Plan.
As users of Ken Reid Conservation Area, our visitors can provide some of the best feedback regarding possible opportunities and gaps in our current management of the property.
Upon completion of the Management Plan, we will have a five year plan to guide us in best managing the property.
You can find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7M776XH
DATE: February 2, 2016
TIME: 2:00 p.m
Message sent on the basis of information received from:
· Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Networ
· Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
· Environment Canada
· Trent-Severn Waterway
Environment Canada advises that a complex weather system will move into southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed, tonight. Total amount up to15 mm of rain and mixed precipitation is forecast over the next 24 hours. Daytime high temperatures are expected to remain above freezing mark, reaching as high as 9°C tomorrow afternoon. Temperature will drop to below 0°C by Thursday.
At this time local rivers and streams are experiencing elevated levels and flows due to recent precipitation and snowmelt. Our observations show that ground throughout the watershed is partly frozen or saturated. As a result, runoff from the expected precipitation and snowmelt will further increase water levels in watercourses and waterbodies.
While no major flooding is anticipated at this time, water accumulation in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage may occur. Ice cover that has weakened as a result of recent weather conditions, will continue deteriorating and breaking up.
Under these circumstances, all local rivers, streams, and lakes should be considered extremely dangerous. Riverbanks are very slippery and unsafe; ice cover, where it exists, may be unstable and very dangerous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from all water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.
This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect through Thursday, February 4th. Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities of any changes. If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.
Director, Watershed Management