This manual replaces our 2002 Watershed Management Policies. It reflects changes over the past 10 years on legislation and regulatory and policy requirements. Although very comprehensive in scope, we have made every effort to create a document that is easy to understand and easy to use. Having them up-to-date, complete, and consolidated in one place allows all users to understand the expectations when planning applications are considered for approval by municipalities, and permit applications are considered for approval by Kawartha Conservation. As outlined in the manual, our consideration for the protection of public safety and property, along with the features and functions of the watershed, contributes to sound and responsible development and the promotion of safe, sustainable communities.
Over two years in developing the policies, we undertook extensive consultations on the manual. Specifically, we consulted with watershed municipalities, adjacent conservation authorities, federal and provincial agencies (Parks Canada, Trent-Severn Waterway staff), Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (operational and policy staff), Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs), the building/development sector, conservation organizations (Ducks Unlimited and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters), and the agriculture community (Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and the Durham and City of Kawartha Lakes Agricultural Boards). Consultations with the agricultural community were particularly comprehensive. In addition, the general public was provided with opportunities at two stages in the process to review and comment on the policies.