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May 12, 2017 – Due to overwhelming popularity, Fleming College and Kawartha Conservation are adding a fifth week to the popular Nature Explorer Summer Camp for children aged 6 to 10 years old for August 28 to September 1.

“The response has been incredible,” said Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist. “The number of registrations and inquiries for this year’s summer camp series has been overwhelming.”

The week-long summer camps focus on fun, hands-on activities around environmental education and outdoor skills. Campers get 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.

Both August camps sold out quickly, with limited space still available for the July 17 to 21 camp.

“We heard from a number of parents who were interested in another August camp so we are offering a third Nature Explorer Summer Camp from August 28 to September 1,” said Ms. Aspden. “We have received a lot of positive feedback from parents and caregivers and we expect this final camp week to sell out quickly as well.”

The final camp week of summer will focus on birds, wilderness skills, wetlands, trees and nature art, aquatics and orienteering and map reading.

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. to book your space before they’re gone.

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FLOOD WATCH – KAWARTHA CONSERVATION WATERSHED
– CANCELLED.

A FLOOD WARNING is still in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes as a large volume of water passes through the Trent River system. Flood Warning

DATE:    May 8, 2017
TIME:    12:00 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

Affected Municipalities:
•    City of Kawartha Lakes
•    Municipality of Trent Lakes

A FLOOD WATCH is cancelled for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction.
Rivers and streams within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction have peaked and returning to their channel banks. As no significant precipitation is forecast for this week, local watercourses will be coming back to their seasonal levels.
A FLOOD WARNING is still in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes. There is potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas as a large volume of water passes through the Trent River system.
Water levels in large Kawartha Lakes, including Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes are expected to keep increasing as northern tributaries, including the Burnt and Gull rivers, continue bringing high volumes of water into the Kawartha Lakes.
Trent Severn Waterway officials indicate that some upstream reservoir lakes have peaked and starting declining. Water levels on the Burnt River have crested yesterday and will be decreasing at a slow rate. The Gull River system is expected to continue flowing at the very high levels.
The TSW is reassessing the situation on a daily basis and are adjusting flows through water control structures to relieve pressure in the affected areas. There will be no changes to the dams in Rosedale and Buckhorn; flow through the Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon dams will be decreased marginally to reduce the rate of rise of water levels in the Tri-Lakes system (Pigeon-Upper Buckhorn-Chemong lakes).

Under these circumstances, all near shore areas 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. Shorelines and banks are saturated, and may be slippery, and undercut. 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 historically known for flooding and be prepared to respond to high water situations as they occur. Residents are advised to contact their municipalities should a flood threat develop. Local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies.

Shoreline residents are advised to take precautions to protect themselves and their property, to monitor water levels closely, and contact their local municipality should any threat of flooding develop.

Burnt and Gull River levels are monitored by staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). Residents along these two rivers are requested to direct any questions concerning water levels to the MNRF Minden office at 705-286-5207 or refer to the City of Kawartha Lakes website below for additional information:   www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/flood-information .

For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact
(see http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting).

The Flood Warning-Kawartha Lakes will be in effect until Wednesday, May 10th 2017.  Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring water levels and watershed conditions and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction 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.

Iryna Shulyarenko                                                                         Dave Pridham                    
Hydrologist                                                                                   Manager, Environmental and Technical Services

A Flood Warning is a notice issued when flooding is imminent or occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. It is the highest warning level.
Flood Forecasting services for the Burnt and Gull Rivers watersheds are provided by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minden Office (tel. 705-286-5207)

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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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March 29, 2017 – The Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors is pleased to announce Mark Majchrowski has accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer for Kawartha Conservation effective April 1.

Board Chair Ted Smith made the announcement Wednesday evening during the Kawartha Conservation Annual General Meeting in Port Perry.

“Mark is a natural and well-qualified choice to ensure the successful future of our organization,” said Mr. Smith during the announcement.

Mr. Majchrowski started his career with Kawartha Conservation in 1999 as a Biologist/GIS Specialist, progressing to Director, Integrated Watershed Management and Science. In the Director role, Mr. Majchrowski has been responsible for Kawartha Conservation’s technical programming, including planning and regulation services, Source Water Protection, science and monitoring programs, Lake Management Planning, floodplain mapping, stewardship services and conservation areas management.

“I would like to thank the Board for this opportunity and for their confidence and support,” said Mr. Majchrowski. “I am excited to be able to continue to work with such an incredibly talented and hard-working staff in my new capacity as CAO.”

Mr. Majchrowski added the strength of Kawartha Conservation comes from the many successful partnerships across the watershed and beyond.

“I am looking forward to continuing to build upon our strong municipal and educational partnerships and programs and working with all of our tireless volunteers who are dedicated and committed to supporting our environment and our communities,” he said.  

Mr. Majchrowski has a Hons. B.Sc., Physical Geography/Environmental Science Degree from Trent University and went on to complete a diploma in GIS – Applications Specialist at Sir Sandford Fleming College. He has also completed a Professional Management Certificate at University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt training and obtained an Ecological Land Classification Certificate from the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Mr. Majchrowski replaces Rob Messervey who retired in December.

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Lindsay, ON – March 21, 2017 – With Spring almost upon us, now is a great time for teachers in the Kawartha Watershed to book outdoor education sessions and classes for their students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Outdoor education classes and programs at Kawartha Conservation are an affordable way to bring students into a natural, outdoor setting where they get to experience hands-on learning in a fun environment.

Classes are all based on the Ontario education curriculum which provides teachers with an opportunity to book classes that directly relate to subject areas their students are already taking.

“The feedback we have received from teachers and students is great,” said Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist. “At Ken Reid Conservation Area, our outdoor education classes bring learning to life and engage students in new, fun and meaningful ways.”

Classes range from science-based programs including water bugs, soil types, wetlands and plants, to environmental recreation programs including orienteering, and environmental art programs including environmental sculpting and nature photography.

“With more than a dozen different classes and sessions as part of our outdoor education program, there is definitely something for teachers and students in all ages and grades,” said Ms. Aspden.  “The Spring sessions fill up quickly, so we encourage teachers and schools to contact us early to ensure they get the day and session they want.”

To learn more about the classes offered view our Outdoor Education course descriptions at http://kawarthaconservation.com/education.

For more information about the classes and to book your spring outdoor education class, 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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PORT PERRY – March 15, 2017 – Natalia Moudrak, Director, Natural Infrastructure Adaptation Program (NIAP), Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation will be the keynote speaker during the Kawartha Conservation Annual General Meeting taking place March 29 at the Port Perry library.

Ms. Moudrak’s keynote presentation titled, “Residential Flood Risk: NOT Adapting is NOT an Option,” will outline the growing costs of extreme weather and flooding, as well as link repeated flooding to elevated risks of mortgage defaults in Canada.

“More and more the communities we serve are impacted by extreme weather, climate change, drought and floods,” said Kawartha Conservation Acting CAO Wanda Stephen. “Ms. Moudrak is a leading industry expert who will talk about the growing need for flood-resiliency work and how global financial audiences are now viewing residential flood risks as one of the greatest economic threats to communities and businesses.”

As a Director of Natural Infrastructure Adaptation Program, Ms. Moudrak advances the development of best practices for building new residential communities in Canada that are more resilient to flooding as well as evaluating the business case for natural infrastructure preservation.

Ms. Moudrak has experience in sustainability strategy, operationalization, reporting and business case development across a wide range of industry sectors and client organizations. Prior to joining the Intact Centre, Ms. Moudrak worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada, Risk Assurance Services.

The public is invited to attend the Annual General Meeting in the Rotary Room of the Port Perry library on March 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.

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FEBRUARY 1, 2017 – Boston Pizza has partnered with Kawartha Conservation to provide even greater value for students participating in Kawartha Conservation’s Outdoor Education Programs in 2017.

“Boston Pizza will be generously providing a free kids meal coupon for each student who participates in any of our Outdoor Education classes or programs,” said Nancy Aspden, Coordinator of Environmental Programs and GIS Specialist. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with a local business to provide this extra ‘thank you’ to our education program participants.”

Kawartha Conservation offers nearly 20 different classes and programs for students in Kindergarten to Grades 11 and 12, all in alignment with Ontario’s educational curriculum.

“We’re pleased to be able to partner with Kawartha Conservation on this initiative,” said John Fox, owner of Boston Pizza Lindsay. “Supporting local youth and families is important to us at Boston Pizza, and helping to support students in our community through the great education programs at Ken Reid Conservation Area is a perfect fit.”

Teachers and schools are encouraged to review the different four-season programs and classes offered at Ken Reid Conservation Area by visiting the Education tab on the Kawartha Conservation website at www.kawarthaconservation.com.

For more information or to book a class session, 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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JANUARY 30, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation has extended the commenting period for the second draft of the Four Mile Lake Plan until mid-July. The commenting extension is meant to ensure seasonal residents who don’t have access to the revised documents Online can review and comment when they return to the area. An open house will also be held in early June to answer questions about the revised plan.
 
“We appreciate all of the comments we have received to date regarding the second draft of the Four Mile Lake Plan and would like to thank everyone who took the time to review the community-driven changes reflected in the second draft,” said Dave Pridham, Manager, Conservation Lands, Education and Stewardship Services. “We have been made aware that not all residents or seasonal residents have access to review the documents Online, and it is important we receive everyone’s input. We are also happy to meet individually with anyone who wishes to discuss any aspect of the plan or the lake or watershed study.”

The first draft of the plan was released for public comment in August of 2016 and included open houses in Coboconk and Burnt River.

Draft two of the Plan has taken into consideration all of the feedback Kawartha Conservation received throughout the initial public consultation process.

“The purpose of Plan is to summarize the ecological state of the watershed and to provide advice for lake stakeholders on how to maintain excellent water quality, recreational enjoyment, fish and wildlife populations, and monitoring on Four Mile Lake,” said Aquatic Biologist Brett Tregunno.

Posted on the website at www.KawarthaConservation.com along with the second draft will be an accompanying publication to the Plan entitled the Four Mile Lake Watershed Characterization Report; this provides more detailed technical information on several aspects of the Lake.

Comments on both publications can be emailed directly to Brett Tregunno at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to 277 Kenrei Road, Lindsay, ON K9V 4R1.

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JANUARY 25, 2017 – Brock Township Regional Councillor Ted Smith was elected Chair of the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors during the first meeting of 2017 on Wednesday. Coun. Smith served as vice-chair of the Board previously.

“I have been a member of the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors for six years and have always admired and appreciated the good work that is done throughout our watershed,” said Coun. Smith. “There are a lot of challenges ahead of us and a lot of important work that will be happening, which I look forward to championing as we move forward.”

Municipality of Trent Lakes’ Peter Raymond was nominated and subsequently acclaimed as vice-chair of the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors.

Returning to the Board for 2017 is Ron Hooper (Municipality of Clarington), Don Kett (Township of Scugog), Pat Dunn (City of Kawartha Lakes, Gord Miller (City of Kawartha Lakes), Peter Raymond (Municipality of Trent Lakes), Tom Rowett (Township of Scugog) and Jordan Landry (Township of Cavan Monaghan). Newly appointed member Isaac Breadner replaces outgoing member, and past-chair Heather Stauble, as the City of Kawartha Lakes third representative on the Board of Directors.

Kawartha Conservation’s mission is to be leaders in integrated watershed management and conservation with a focus on outstanding water quality and quantity management, supported by healthy landscapes through planning, stewardship, science and education.

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January 23, 2017 – A new interactive drought map for the Kawartha Conservation watershed will allow residents and businesses to report areas that are experiencing well issues across the region.

The new tool is part of the Kawartha Water Response Team’s ongoing efforts to educate and inform watershed residents and businesses about low water conditions.

Available under ‘Highlights’ on the Kawartha Conservation website homepage (www.kawarthaconservation.com), the public is able to select a general area where their well is located, as well as provide comments, however no personal information is required.

“The interactive mapping tool allows residents and businesses to pinpoint where their wells are located and provide details on the well and problems they are experiencing,” explained Kawartha Conservation hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko. “The information input both locally, and across the broader region, will provide Conservation Authority staff with greater detail as to what is happening with ground water levels within various locations in our watershed.

The interactive map is already available and has been used by residents and businesses in the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority watersheds in eastern Ontario.

“This is a great continuation of the interactive mapping which helps provide valuable information about where well issues are occurring across multiple Conservation Authority regions,” said Ms. Iryna Shulyarenko.

Residents and businesses on wells are able to visit the Kawartha Conservation website and select ‘Drought Map’ on the left hand side of the homepage. Once on the mapping tool, users can scroll to different geographic areas and zoom in and out close to their specific location.

Once the user has zoomed to the appropriate area, they can select the ‘User Input’ point from the Smart Editor, click in the desired map area, and add comments before saving.

For more information about the interactive drought map, please contact Kawartha Conservation hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko at 705-328-2271 Ext. 219 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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