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Environmental management plans provide a scientific approach to protecting the environment over the short and long terms. They involve detailed field inventories of subwatersheds, rivers, and lakes to identify natural features and factors affecting their health. This information, often in the form of a characterization report, is used to create a plan to address any problems and maintain good conditions.

Planning and implementation is often directed by steering committees made up of landowners, volunteers, and representatives from community organizations, governments, and agencies.

Find information about completed plans and plans in development using the tabs below the map.

Map of plans completed and under development

  • Balsam & Cameron Lakes
  • Canal & Mitchell Lakes
  • Four Mile Lake
  • Head Lake
  • Lake Scugog
  • Nonquon River Fisheries
  • Oak Ridges Moraine Watershed Plans
  • Pigeon Lake
  • Port Perry Stormwater
  • Shadow Lake
  • Sturgeon Lake

Balsam and Cameron Lake Management Plan

The Balsam and Cameron Lake Management Plan, initiated in 2011, involves preparing a set of recommendations and actions based on 3 years of science and research. The goal of the plan is to maintain and enhance the environmental health and economic sustainability of Balsam and Cameron lakes and the lands that drain to them. The plan, funded by the City of Kawartha Lakes, will be completed in 2015, followed by implementation.

Plan development is a collaborative effort among many agencies, groups and stakeholders who have an interest in the health of our lakes. See more about our partners.

For meeting notes, presentations, and other information about the development of the plan, click here.

To view a map of the planning area, click here.

Balsam Cameron

Click here to download the Balsam and Cameron Lake Management Plan

Click here to download the Balsam Lake and Cameron Lake Characterizaton Report

Canal & Mitchell Lake Management Plan

The Canal Lake and Mitchell Lake Management Plan, initiated in 2013, involved preparing a set of recommendations and actions based on 3 years of science and research. This Plan was undertaken in close partnership with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority given that both lakes exist within the Talbot River Watershed and ultimately drain into Lake Simcoe. The goal of the plan is to maintain and enhance the environmental health and economic sustainability of Canal Lake and Mitchell Lake and the lands that drain to them. Plan development was led by a Working Group consisting of several local stakeholders including municipalities, conservation authorities, provincial ministries, lake associations, industry, and stewardship organizations. Two public open houses were conducted in Kirkfield (August 20, 2014 & August 11, 2016) to introduce the project and to present the draft management recommendations. This Plan, funded by the City of Kawartha Lakes, was approved by the Kawartha Region Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Boards.

Plan development was a collaborative effort among many agencies, groups and stakeholders who have an interest in the health of our lakes. See more about our partners.

To view the Approved Canal and Mitchell Lake Management Plan, click here

To view the Approved Canal and Mitchell Lake Implementation Plan, click here

For meeting notes, presentations, and other information about the development of the plan, click here.

To download a map of the planning area, click here.

Four Mile Lake Management Plan

The Four Mile Management Plan, initiated in 2013, involves preparing a set of recommendations and actions based on 3 years of science and research. The goal of the plan is to maintain and enhance the environmental health and economic sustainability of Four Mile Lake and the land that drains to it. The plan, funded by the City of Kawartha Lakes, will be completed in 2017, followed by implementation.

Plan development is a collaborative effort among many agencies, groups and stakeholders who have an interest in the health of our lakes. See more about our partners.

Two public Open Houses were held August 21st and 22nd 2016 on the initial Draft Management Plan for Four Mile Lake.  Feedback received at the open houses as well as written feedback was reviewed and incorporated into the revised Draft Management Plan for Four Mile Lake Version 2, and will now be available for a second round of public review and feedback until June 30, 2017.

Along with the second draft, an accompanying publication to the Plan entitled the Four Mile Lake Watershed Characterization Report is also posted. This provides more detailed technical information on several aspects of the Lake including: Land Use, Socio-economics, Water Quality, Water Quantity, Aquatic Resources, and Terrestrial Natural Heritage.

Comments on both publications can be submitted 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.

To view a map of the planning area, click here.

Head Lake Management Plan

The Head Lake Management Plan, initiated in 2014, involves preparing a set of recommendations and actions based on 3 years of science and research. The goal of the plan is to maintain and enhance the environmental health and economic sustainability of Head Lake and the lands that drain to it. The plan, funded by the City of Kawartha Lakes, will be completed in 2018, followed by implementation.

Plan development is a collaborative effort among many agencies, groups and stakeholders who have an interest in the health of our lakes. See more about our partners.

For meeting notes, presentations, and other information about the development of the plan, click here.

Lake Scugog Environmental Management Plan

The Township of Scugog initiated the Lake Scugog Environmental Management Plan (LSEMP) in 2004 in response to public concern about water quality degradation, overabundant algae and aquatic plant growth, and a reduction in fish populations in Lake Scugog.

Plan development was led by Kawartha Conservation, and funded through the Region of Durham, the Township of Scugog, and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Since completing the plan in 2010, various actions and recommendations have been or are currently being implemented.

Local community groups, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of the Environment, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the health unit have also contributed to this project.

Lake Scugog Environmental Management Plan

Click here to download the Lake Scugog Environmenal Management Plan.

 

Nonquon River Fisheries Management Plan

The Nonquon River watershed provides spawning, nursery, refuge, feeding, transient and resident habitats, all of which are important for supporting the life stages and processes of all 32 fish species that are known to currently reside in the watershed. The Nonquon River supports both a cold and warmwater fishery.

The Nonquon River Fisheries Management Plan (NRFMP) is one of the technical tools resulting from the Nonquon River Subwatershed Study process. It includes management recommendations and strategies that can be applied at a watershed wide level and at a zone-specific level. The management recommendations provide information on priority areas for fish habitat conservation, restoration and development.

Nonquon River Fisheries Management Plan cover

Click here to download the plan.

Oak Ridges Moraine Watershed Plans

The Oak Ridges Moraine is a significant land feature in Ontario that stretches west-east for 160 km, from the Niagara escarpment to Rice Lake. It was formed over 12,000 years ago from the melting of two large glaciers that deposited sand and gravel, creating the magnificent rolling hills, clear lakes and river valleys that we see today. The moraine is important because of its unique concentration of environmental, geological and hydrological characteristics.

In partnership with Durham Region, we have completed plans for the watersheds within our jurisdiction that drain water off of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Oak Ridges Moraine watershed plans help protect the ecological and hydrological features and functions of the moraine.

Through the watershed plans, we have:

  • Identified environmentally sensitive lands and assessed the impacts of past, current, and future land uses on these areas;
  • Provided watershed-wide direction for protecting significant watershed features; and
  • Provided a current information resources for municipalities, consultants, developers, landowners, and resource users.

 Click here to download the plans.

Pigeon Lake Management Plan

The Pigeon Lake Management Plan, initiated in 2012, involves preparing a set of recommendations and actions based on 3 years of science and research. The goal of the plan is to maintain and enhance the environmental health and economic sustainability of Pigeon Lake and the lands that drain to it. The plan, funded by the City of Kawartha Lakes, will be completed in 2016, followed by implementation.

Plan development is a collaborative effort among many agencies, groups and stakeholders who have an interest in the health of our lakes. See more about our partners.

For meeting notes, presentations, and other information about the development of the plan, click here.

To view a map of the planning area, click here.

 

Port Perry Stormwater Management Plan

Kawartha Conservation, in partnership with the Region of Durham and Township of Scugog, has developed the Port Perry Stormwater Management Plan to mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff on Lake Scugog and surrounding water bodies.

The Port Perry urban area has approximately 1,012 hectares of developed land that drains to Osler Marsh, Cawker’s Creek, Nonquon River, and Lake Scugog. Because of the high rate of aquatic plant growth in the lake, there is a concern over the amount of sediments and nutrients entering the water through the municipal stormwater system.

Objectives of the Plan

  • Provide details on the existing stormwater system and controls in Port Perry and the downtown area in particular
  • Determine runoff, sediment, and contaminant loading from the downtown area
  • Determine stormwater management controls and best management practices
  • Reduce the amount of pollutants entering Lake Scugog through the stormwater system.

 Port Perry Stormwater Management Plan cover

Click here to download the plan.

Shadow Lake Management Plan

The Shadow Lake Management Plan, initiated in 2014, involves preparing a set of recommendations and actions based on 3 years of science and research. The goal of the plan is to maintain and enhance the environmental health and economic sustainability of Shadow and the lands that drain to it. The plan, funded by the City of Kawartha Lakes, will be completed in 2017, followed by implementation.

Plan development is a collaborative effort among many agencies, groups and stakeholders who have an interest in the health of our lakes. See more about our partners.

For meeting notes, presentations, and other information about the development of the plan, click here.

Sturgeon Lake Management Plan

The Sturgeon Lake Management Plan was initiated in 2010, and has involved 3 years of research. The goal is to maintain and enhance the environmental health and economic sustainability of Sturgeon Lake and the lands that drain to it. Plan development was a collaborative effort among many agencies, groups, and stakeholders who have an interest in the health of our lakes.

The plan includes a set of recommendations and actions based on the research. Endorsed by the City of Kawartha Lakes Council in May 2014, a draft was presented to the community in August 2013. It also underwent review by various stakeholders, committees, and peer reviewers.

Sturgeon Lake Management Plan cover

Click here to download the Sturgeon Lake Management Plan.
Click here to download the Sturgeon Lake Watershed Characterization Report

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