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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 Lake and Cameron Lake Management Plan

The Balsam Lake and Cameron Lake Management Plan was completed in 2015, following three 3 years of science and research.

Click here to download the Balsam and Cameron Lake Management Plan

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

Balsam Cameron

Canal Lake and Mitchell Lake Management Plan

The Canal Lake and Mitchell Lake Management Plan was completed in 2016, in partnership with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and also includes the Talbot River and Whites Creek Subwatersheds.

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

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

Four Mile Lake Management Plan

The Four Mile Management Plan was completed in 2017, following 3 years of science and research.

Four Mile Lake Management Plan

Four Mile Lake Watershed Characterization Report

 

Head Lake and Rush Lake Management Plan

The Head Lake and Rush 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 Rush Lake and the lands that drain to them. 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.

Comments on both publications can be submitted until April 30, 2018. Comments 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.

DRAFT Head Lake and Rush Lake Management Plan

Summary of Comments on DRAFT Head Lake and Rush Lake

DRAFT Head Lake and Rush Lake Characterization Report

 

Lake Scugog Environmental Management Plan

The Lake Scugog Environmental Management Plan (LSEMP) was completed in 2010.

The Lake Scugog Enhancement Project is a key implementation outcome. To view details of the project, click here.

Click here to download the Lake Scugog Environmenal Management Plan

Lake Scugog Environmental 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.

Nonquon River Watershed Plan

Southern Lake Scugog Tributaries Watershed Plan

Blackstock Creek Watershed Plan

East Cross Creek Subwatershed Plan

Pigeon Lake Management Plan

The Pigeon Lake Management Plan is currently underway and is scheduled for completion in 2018. The plan will involve 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.

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.

DRAFT Pigeon Lake Management Plan

Summary of Comments on DRAFT Pigeon Lake Management Plan

DRAFT Pigeon Lake Watershed Characterization Report

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 and Silver Lake Management Plan

The Shadow Lake and Silver 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 Lake and Silver Lake and the lands that drain to them. 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.

Comments on both publications can be submitted until April 30, 2018. Comments 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.

DRAFT of the Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Management Plan

Summary of Comments on DRAFT Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Management Plan

DRAFT Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Characterization Report

 

Sturgeon Lake Management Plan

The Sturgeon Lake Management Plan was completed in 2014 following three years of research.

Sturgeon Lake Management Plan

Sturgeon Lake Watershed Characterization Report


Sturgeon Lake Management Plan cover

Programs and Services

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 Flood Forecasting and Warning

24/7 monitoring and warning about the potential for flooding

 

Sturgeon Lake shoreline

 Lake and Environmental Management Planning

Science-based plans for protecting lakes and watersheds

 

Lindsay water tower

 Drinking Water Source Protection

Maintaining a clean supply of water to municipal drinking water systems

 

Monitoring water flow

 Watershed Monitoring

Scientific research and monitoring of water quality and quantity, and related natural features

 

2013 Watershed Report Card

 Watershed Report Cards

Assessments of watershed health based on various environmental indicators