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April 28, 2017 – With warmer temperatures and the return of chirping birds, beautiful foliage and spring’s natural beauty, it is a great time to explore conservation and natural areas throughout the Kawartha watershed.

“We are really fortunate in our region to have so many diverse conservation and natural areas for hiking, walking, biking and enjoying,” said Conservation Areas Acting Coordinator Jon Hale. “Whether it is lakes, marshes and boardwalks or incredible views of the Oak Ridges Moraine, our conservation areas offer unique and diverse experiences for families and individuals.”

With more than 7 kilometres of sustainable trails, Durham East Cross Forest is designated as a Natural Core Area on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Pigeon River Headwaters is a 308 acre property situated on the Pigeon River. The area is ideally suited to hikers and nature lovers and birders will enjoy woodcock, hermit thrush and warbler sightings, and the ruffed grouse can be heard drumming through the dense forests.

Fleetwood Creek Natural Area offers spectacular views of the Oak Ridges Moraine and includes a 2.2 km valley trail, 3 km west loop and 3 km east loop through meadows and forests.

“The roads to both Pigeon River Headwaters and Fleetwood Creek Natural Area are unassumed roads and people should be very careful when entering or exiting the areas,” said Mr. Hale. “For those people who do venture to these two conservation areas, the sights, sounds and views are spectacular.”

Windy Ridge Conservation Area is an ideal spot for a relaxing walk or hike in the open air. This conservation area features a panoramic view from the lookout perched atop the area's tallest ridge. Directly below lies the Fleetwood Creek wetlands, where the Pigeon River and Fleetwood Creek join.

“Our flagship conservation area, and the most popular, is Ken Reid Conservation Area,” said Mr. Hale. “There is a $2 charge for parking and visitors are treated to a nearly 300 acre property with a variety of diverse trails for walking, hiking or biking.”

Ken Reid offers several loop trails that lead through forests, meadows, and wetlands. A favourite route includes the floating boardwalk that winds through the provincially significant MacLaren Creek Wetland bordering Sturgeon Lake.

“With all of our conservation areas, we would like to remind everyone to obey the rules and stay on the trails to help ensure everyone’s enjoyment of our natural areas and trail systems,” said Mr. Hale. “Our conservation areas help protect significant natural areas within our watershed for future generations and we ask that everyone respect other users, the wildlife and the environment.”

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Lindsay, ON – April 20, 2017 – Space is limited for the three remaining Nature Explorer Summer Camps taking place at Fleming College and Ken Reid Conservation Area this summer.

“The first of four, one-week camps offered in partnership between Fleming College and Kawartha Conservation is completely booked and the three remaining camps are filling up very quickly,” said Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs at Kawartha Conservation. “Parents are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible to guarantee a spot in one of the three remaining camps this summer.”

The week-long summer camps for children aged six to 10, focus on fun, hands-on activities around environmental education and outdoor skills. Campers are going to explore wildlife, get their hands dirty, participate in activities that teach outdoor skills, conduct water measurements and explore aquatic life, undertake experiments and much more.

The July 17-21 camp is fully booked with limited space remaining for the July 24-28, August 14 to 18 and August 21 to 25 camps.

“Camp participants will get to work on different projects and crafts that they can take home at the end of a day and participate in a variety of games and physical activities like scavenger hunts and orienteering activities,” said Ms. Aspden.

The camps will alternate between Fleming College and Ken Reid Conservation Area and focus on wildlife, habitats, aquatics, nature art and wilderness skills or birds, rocks/minerals/soils, wetlands, climate change/weather/water cycle and wilderness skills, depending on the week chosen.

For more information on the Nature Explorer Summer Camp, visit www.frostcampus.wixsite.com/naturecamp or contact Nancy Aspden at 705-328-2271 Ext. 218 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Lindsay, ON – April 13, 2017 – The interior gates at Ken Reid Conservation Area have been reopened to the boardwalk and Cedar Forest Trail parking areas for 2017.

“Spring is always a great time of year at Ken Reid Conservation Area,” said Conservation Areas Acting Coordinator Jon Hale. “When the weather and road conditions permit we are able to open up the interior gates and allow parking at our boardwalk and Cedar Forest Trail parking, as was the case this week.

“With the warmer weather we also see the return of a number of migratory birds and other animals which bring a lot of visitors to Ken Reid,” added Mr. Hale.

Staff have been busy clearing trails of winter debris and ensuring the conservation area is in great shape for walkers, hikers, cyclists, birding enthusiasts, and families who enjoy being out in nature.
Kawartha Conservation acquired the 110 hectare (272 acre) property just north of Lindsay in 1980 from farmer Ken Reid. It is both Kawartha Conservation’s flagship conservation area and home to the Administrative Centre.

Parking is available for $2 per day and funds can be deposited into the pay and display machine just before the first stop sign when you enter the park and display the ticket on your vehicle dashboard.
Annual passes are also available for purchase through the Kawartha Conservation Administrative Centre for $75.00 or $60.00 for seniors (ages 60+).

With the increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic, motorists are reminded that the Highway Traffic Act applies inside Ken Reid Conservation.

“We want to remind people to obey the stop signs and speed limits as they are entering and exiting Ken Reid,” said Mr. Hale. “There are a lot of families and children visiting Ken Reid and we want to ensure everyone is enjoying our beautiful conservation area in a fun and safe manner.”

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Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake continue experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

DATE:    April 13, 2017     
TIME:    1:00 pm               

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Environment Canada
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Trent-Severn Waterway
 
Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake continue experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

Water levels in the Kawartha Lakes have been elevated over the last several days in response to high water flows in rivers, including the Burnt and Gull rivers, which flow into the Kawartha Lakes from the north. Substantial runoff from recent precipitation as well as the melting of remnant snow cover in the headwaters of these northern tributaries, had been contributing to the higher flows.

Partner agencies report that the snow cover at the upper reaches of the Burnt and Gull rivers has now melted. As a result flows in northern tributaries are decreasing.  No significant precipitation is forecast for the next 5 days. Under these circumstances it is expected that water levels in Kawartha Lakes within Kawartha Conservation watershed will start declining in next few days.

While lake water levels are elevated, no flooding is anticipated at this time within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction at this time. However, shorelines and banks are saturated, and may be slippery and undercut. Kawartha Conservation is asking all residents, especially children, to use caution around the lakes and other water courses.
Trent-Severn Waterway officials are assessing the situation on an ongoing basis and are adjusting flows through water control structures accordingly. Dams in Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon are open to accommodate increased flows of the Burnt River and the other northern tributaries.
Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry monitor water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers and provide flood messages for those areas.

Kawartha Conservation is in regular communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response including Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighbouring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.


Iryna Shulyarenko                                                                         Dave Pridham                    

Hydrologist                                                                                   Manager, Environmental & Technical Services

Published in Flood Messages

Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake are experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

DATE:    April 10, 2017     
TIME:    2:00 pm               

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Environment Canada
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Trent-Severn Waterway
 
Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake are experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

Water levels in the Kawartha Lakes have been increasing over the last several days in response to high water flows in rivers, including the Burnt and Gull rivers, which flow into the Kawartha Lakes from the north. Significant runoff from the precipitation that fell last week, as well as the melting of remnant of snow cover still present in the headwaters of these northern tributaries, contributes to the higher flows.

While no flooding is anticipated at this time within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction, lake water levels are expected to remain elevated. Shorelines and banks are saturated, and may slippery, and undercut. Kawartha Conservation is asking all residents, especially children, to use caution around the lakes.
Trent-Severn Waterway officials are assessing the situation on an ongoing basis and are adjusting flows through water control structures accordingly. Dams in Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon are open to accommodate increased flows of the Burnt River and the other northern tributaries.
Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry monitor water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers and provide flood messages for those areas.

Kawartha Conservation is in regular communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response including Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighboring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Thursday, April 13, 2017.  If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.


Iryna Shulyarenko                                                                         Dave Pridham                    

Hydrologist                                                                                  Manager, Environmental & Technical Services

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Lindsay, ON – April 10, 2017 – Parents are encouraged to register early for the Nature Explorer Summer Camps, with the first of four one-week summer camps offered at Fleming College and Ken Reid Conservation Area already more than half-full.

The four, one-week camps offered in partnership between Fleming College and Kawartha Conservation will be held in July and August.

“There has been a lot of interest in the camps this year,” explained Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs at Kawartha Conservation. “We have a great program for kids aged 6 to 10 and we have been receiving a lot of calls from interested parents and caregivers.”

The week-long summer camps focus on fun, hands-on activities around environmental education and outdoor skills. Campers are going to explore wildlife, get their hands dirty, participate in activities that teach outdoor skills, conduct water measurements and explore aquatic life, undertake experiments and much more.

“Campers are also going to work on different projects and crafts that they can take home at the end of a day and participate in a variety of games and physical activities like scavenger hunts and orienteering activities,” said Ms. Aspden.

Week A camps will be held from July 17 to July 21 and August 21 to 25, while Week B camps will be held from July 24 to 28 and August 14 to August 18.

Week A camps will alternate between Fleming College and Ken Reid Conservation Area and focus on wildlife, habitats, aquatics, nature art and wilderness skills, while Week B camps will alternate between Ken Reid and Fleming College and focus on birds, rocks/minerals/soils, wetlands, climate change/weather/water cycle and wilderness skills.

For more information on the Nature Explorer Summer Camp, visit www.frostcampus.wixsite.com/naturecamp or contact Nancy Aspden at 705-328-2271 Ext. 218 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY

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.

DATE:    April 6, 2017       
TIME:    1:00 pm               

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Environment Canada
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Trent-Severn Waterway
 
Another intense low-pressure system is tracking throughout southern Ontario, bringing rain, heavy at times. Rain is expected to continue all day with total rainfall amounts of 25 to 35 mm.

Water levels and flows in local watercourses within Kawartha Conservation watershed are elevated in response to precipitation received on Tuesday. As the soil is saturated, forecast rain will produce additional runoff that will further increase water levels and flows in local rivers and streams. While no major flooding is anticipated at this time within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction, water accumulation will be occurring in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage. Rivers and stream may exceed their bankfull levels. All local watercourses will run fast and high and should be considered extremely 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.

As it is reported by the partner agencies, snowpack remnants are still observed at the upper portions of the Burnt and Gull River basins. With warm temperatures, combined runoff from rainfall and snowmelt will be significant. As a result, water levels at the large Kawartha Lakes are expected to increase over the next few days as the lakes receive input from those northern tributaries.  

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring the current situation closely and are adjusting dam settings throughout the system as per their water level management strategy. Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry monitor water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers and provide flood messages for those areas.

Municipalities are advised to monitor areas known for minor flooding and be prepared to respond to high water situations as they occur. As local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies, residents are advised to contact their municipalities should a flood threat develop.


Kawartha Conservation is in regular communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response such as Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighboring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Monday, April 10, 2017.  If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.


Iryna Shulyarenko                                                          Dave Pridham                    

Hydrologist                                                                   Manager, Environmental & Technical Services

Published in Flood Messages


WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY

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.

DATE:    April 3, 2017    
TIME:    3:00 pm    

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Environment Canada
•    Trent-Severn Waterway
 
Environment Canada is forecasting a low-pressure system to move into southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation watershed, this evening.  Rain is expected to continue overnight with total rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 mm, before leaving the region by Tuesday afternoon. Another low pressure will progress into southern Ontario for Wednesday and Thursday, bringing more rain, up 20-30 mm.

Water levels and flows in local watercourses within Kawartha Conservation watershed are normal for this time of the year. Ground conditions are moderately saturated as a result of precipitation received last week. It is expected that forecast rain will produce moderate runoff that will result in higher and faster flows in local rivers and streams. While no major flooding is anticipated at this time, water accumulation may occur in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage. All local watercourses should be considered extremely 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.

As it is reported by the partner agencies, the upper portions of the Kawartha Lakes watershed (i.e. Burnt and Gull River basins) have significant snowpack remaining, with snow-water equivalents up to 100 mm. With warm temperatures, combined runoff from rainfall and snowmelt could be significant. Water levels are expected to rise within the Kawartha Lakes over the next few days as the lakes receive input from those northern tributaries.  

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring this current situation closely and are adjusting dam settings throughout the system as per their water level management strategy. Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are monitoring water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers.

Municipalities are advised to monitor areas known for minor flooding and be prepared to respond to high water situations as they occur. As local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies, residents are advised to contact their municipalities should a flood threat develop.

Kawartha Conservation stays in close communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response such as Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighboring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Friday, April 7, 2017.  If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.


Iryna Shulyarenko                Dave Pridham         

Hydrologist                         Manager, Environmental & Technical Services


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.

Published in Flood Messages
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 09:13

Kawartha Conservation 2016 Year in Review

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