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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 pose a growing threat to Ontario’s biodiversity.  There are more invasive species in Ontario than anywhere else in Canada.  Recognizing the importance of pro-actively managing invasive species, the Township of Scugog is supporting the restoration. They are also hosting an Invasive Species Awareness Program Hit Squad member to spread awareness and education about this issue in the Port Perry area.

During the initial stages of the project, a licensed professional will apply herbicide to the Japanese knotweed before physically removing the plant along with much of the surrounding soil. Attempting to remove the Japanese knotweed prior to an herbicide application would result in significant further spread of the invasive plant.
    
Once removed, the project will involve the in-stream reinforcement of the toe of the streambank with boulders, re-seeding the affected area of William’s Creek with native shoreline plants and reinforcing with an erosion mat.

Volunteers will then plant native potted plants and live stakes as well as two large trees, to replace the two trees to be removed during initial grading.

Over the balance of the growing season, the site will be monitored for Japanese knotweed regrowth which will be treated as required. It is likely that further treatments will be required for at least 1 or 2 years following removal.
 
The end result will be an aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sound restored watercourse with ecological function. It will serve as a demonstration site for area landowners faced with invasive species management concerns and those who wish to re-naturalize a stream flowing through their property.  

This project is supported by Durham Region through the Scugog WATER Fund and by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change through the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.  Work is anticipated to begin during the second week of July.

If you have any questions regarding the William’s Creek Restoration project or would like to volunteer, please contact Kelly Gibson at 705.328.2271 Ext. 242 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have questions about managing invasive plants on your property this summer, or if you would like to host an invasive species Awareness event in the Port Perry area in July or August, please email Lauren Negrazis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

William's Creek Restoration

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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 the provincially significant MacLaren Creek Wetland bordering Sturgeon Lake.”

During the summer months, visitors can spot red bellied snakes, snapping turtles, and leopard frogs.

Visitors pausing along the marsh may spot the Osprey on a nearby nesting platform. These and other birds living in the area make it a popular destination for birders.

A quiet hiker may also catch a glimpse of a deer, fox, hare, or other wildlife that live in the meadows and forests of the park.

“There is so much to see and do here at Ken Reid,” said Mr. Hale. “Pack a picnic lunch and come enjoy the trails, boardwalks and playground area for children and enjoy a wonderful Canada Day in the great outdoors.”

Ken Reid Conservation Area is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located at 277 Kenrei Road just outside of Lindsay.

For more information about Kawartha Conservation or Ken Reid Conservation Area visit us online at www.KawarthaConservation.com.

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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. “In order to complete this work, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling must be completed which requires a bathymetric survey of roughly 20 kilometres of the Burnt River, from the Village of Burnt River to the outlet into Cameron Lake.”

Updated flood plain mapping is used by municipalities in preparing official plans and zoning by-laws, which guide future development in their municipalities.
Conservation Authorities in Ontario have a legal mandate to ensure that development does not occur in areas that are susceptible to flooding and erosion. Building in these areas can result in damage to properties when flooding or erosion occurs, and in extreme cases can result in loss of life.

“Flood plain mapping is used by our staff when reviewing development applications,” said Mr. Yerex. “They are also used for our Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulations (Ontario Regulation 148/06).”

Preparing mapping involves a combination of field work and computer modelling. Background data such as land use, topography and precipitation is gathered. This is used to build a computer model that calculates flows during storm events at various locations along the Burnt River system. In this part of Ontario the standard of protection is to the 1 in 100 year flood event, also called the regulatory flood. This is the event that has a one per cent chance of occurring in any year or a one per cent probability.

The water level information generated by the model is then applied to mapping of the Burnt River system. The resulting information is a floodplain map showing the regulatory flood level of a 1 in 100 year flood.

“When the bathymetry surveying and mapping is complete we will be able to generate the computer models which will develop the updated flood plain mapping,” said Mr. Yerex. “Once complete, the updated mapping will assist both the municipality and the Conservation Authority with future planning and regulations to help ensure resident safety as new development occurs.”

Published in Media Releases
Friday, 23 June 2017 10:17

FLOOD WATCH

FLOOD WATCH

A low-pressure system is slowly moving through southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation watershed, bringing significant amount of rain. Over 40 mm of rain was recorded by precipitation monitoring stations

DATE:    June 23, 2017    

TIME:    10:00 am            

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

A low-pressure system is slowly moving through southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation watershed, bringing significant amount of rain. Over 40 mm of rain was recorded by precipitation monitoring stations throughout the watershed this morning. Additional 15 to 25 mm of rain is forecast by Environment Canada before the weather system leaves the region this evening.

Heavy precipitation, combined with saturated ground conditions within the watershed have resulted in significant runoff. Water levels in local rivers and streams are currently increasing and are expected to exceed their bankfull conditions in some locations. While no major flooding is anticipated at this time, minor flooding in low lying areas, areas adjacent to streams and road ditches is possible. Ponding of water on urban surfaces may occur as storm sewer systems can become overwhelmed by high intensity rainfall.

Under these watershed conditions 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.

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.

This Flood Watch will be in effect until Sunday, June 25, 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,  Hydrologist                                                                    

Mark Majchrowski,  Chief Administrative Officer

Published in Flood Messages

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 with Conservation Ontario and other stakeholders to overhaul and modernize the act with a goal of improving the legislation, regulatory and policy framework governing the conservation authorities and their operations.

A Ministry of Municipal Affairs statement said the proposed legislation would strengthen oversight and accountability, provide clarity for conservation authority roles and responsibilities, encourage public engagement and modernize funding mechanisms; That would include updating the appointment processes and requirements for board members, going from a three-year to four-year term.

If approved, the bill would also make clear expectations for provincial programs and services. The new legislation will also provide clarity on the scope of activities requiring conservation authority approval; clarify the scope of the authorities’ review; and update their compliance mechanisms and enforcement tools.

“The changes proposed by the Province touch on a number of points raised by conservation authorities during the past two years,” said Mr. Smith. “This is a great step by the Province in clarifying the very important role of conservation authorities and the science-based management of land and water within watersheds across the Province.”

 “The proposed changes are a clear demonstration of the Province’s view that conservation authorities are essential watershed-based natural resources stewards and managers,” said Mr. Majchrowski. “As we continue to monitor watershed and climate conditions and while we develop critical implementation strategies and deliverables, once passed the new amended legislation will give conservation authorities a clear path forward with a renewed focus.”

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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 per day camp, $40 per camp if you sign up for three days and $35 per camp if you register for all four one-day camps.

Following Amazing Animals, Kawartha Conservation will host Art in Nature on Wednesday, July 12, Wonders of Water on Wednesday, August 2 and Bugs on Wednesday, August 9.

“We have a lot of great themes and interactive, fun, hands-on activities and learning for children,” said Ms. Aspden. “Children get to spend the day at Ken Reid Conservation Area enjoying both indoor and outdoor activities and interact with other children as part of an immersive and engaging day camp experience.”

To register for the Amazing Animals Nature Camps for Kids, or to learn more please contact Nancy Aspden at 705-328-2271 Ext. 218, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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.

 

 

Victoria Park Rain Garden Project

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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 the opportunity to register their four and five year olds in multiple camps and it would be a different and unique experience each time,” said Ms. Aspden.

The one-day summer camps will begin on Wednesday, July 5 with Amazing Animals, followed by Art in Nature on Wednesday, July 12, Wonders of Water on Wednesday, August 2 and Bugs on Wednesday, August 9.

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 per day camp, $40 per camp if you sign up for three days and $35 per camp if you register for all four one-day camps.

“These one-day camps will all offer different themes with all activities being hands-on, structured and geared to outdoor learning in a fun, safe and nurturing environment away from screens and televisions.

“Ken Reid Conservation Area and our Outdoor Education facility offers a perfect venue to enjoy the summer, explore nature while learning and building strong friendships and a love of nature,” added Ms. Aspden.
To learn more about the one-day Nature Camps for Kids or to register contact Nancy Aspden at 705-328-2271 Ext. 218, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published in Media Releases
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 culverts and channel cross-sections.

No personal information will be collected during this time. The survey information will be used to develop a computer model to assist in mapping the Burnt River flood plain.
Staff and consultants will endeavor to contact homeowners while in the area before accessing their property.

NOTE: If you do not wish staff to enter onto your property, please contact Galen Yerex at 705.328.2271 ext. 237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are also asking for your assistance gathering information on historical flooding in your area. If you have observed any flooding in your neighbourhood in the past, please assist us by contacting the above to provide details such as the date and location.

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June 8, 2017 – Trent Matters, along with Parks Canada (Trent Severn Waterway) and Kawartha Conservation will be hosting a free two-hour workshop on dealing with excess aquatic plants on Saturday, June 10 at the Bolsover Community Centre.

The free workshop is a great opportunity for landowners to get assistance from Parks Canada staff to complete permit applications for plant control efforts they plan to complete in 2017.

“I’m pleased to see these organizations together for this important workshop,” said Kawartha Lakes Ward 1 Councillor Rob Macklem. “Responsible lake management is of utmost importance to all of us.”

Canal and Mitchell lakes, in particular, have been identified as lakes experiencing significant impacts from excessive aquatic vegetation. Excessive aquatic vegetation can include blockage of watercrafts to navigation channels, impairment of recreational opportunities and lowered property values.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come out and receive assistance and information on improving their waterfronts,” said Kawartha Lakes Ward 4 Councillor Andrew Veale.

It is important to remember that aquatic plants play an important role in lake ecology, so it is imperative that waterfront owners follow best management practices to avoid any negative effects to overall lake health.

“We wanted to bring together a group of knowledgeable organizations to provide information to waterfront property owners as well as review the permitting process so that the excess aquatic vegetation is being removed effectively and responsibly,” explained Trent Matters’ Frank Corker.

Dr. Brian Ginn from the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority will speak on the ecology of aquatic plants, with Kawartha Conservation’s Holly Shipclark speaking to the various aquatic invasive species found locally. Beth McEachern from Parks Canada will be the third speaker and talk specifically about permits for aquatic plant removal in the Trent-Severn Waterway.

A short question and answer period will follow with a working session for landowners to go over their permit applications with Parks Canada staff.

The Managing Aquatic Plants Workshop is for any lakefront property owner within the Trent Severn Waterway who would like to learn more about dealing with excess aquatic plants and take advantage of filling out permit applications with Parks Canada staff on site.

The free workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bolsover Community Centre, 16 Bolsover Road. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

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