Update - February 13, 2014
An introduction to our new logo
You may have noticed recently that we have a new logo. In 2013, we undertook a review of the Kawartha Conservation brand to determine if it is conveying who we are and what we do, and if it is consistent with our new corporate strategic plan. As a result, some changes have been made that we are sure you will like.

The updated Kawartha Conservation logo reflects our vision of a sustainable watershed with clean and abundant water, and natural resources assured for future generations. 

Kawartha Conservation logo Since 1979 the loon has figured prominently in our identity; a healthy population is an indication of good water quality. In our new logo, the loon merges with the waves, while the markings on its back reflect the sparkling waters of the Kawarthas.

We have added the landscape to emphasize the important relationships between the land, shorelines, and water quality and quantity, while the blue and green are consistent with Conservation Ontario's colours, connecting us to the network of 36 conservation authorities across the province. Our new tag line--discover, protect, restore--highlights our key strategic goals, while inviting you to become a partner in conservation.

If you have any comments or feedback about our updated brand, please contact our Communications Specialist at BKulba@KawarthaConservation.com.
2014 Environmental Recognition Awards 
Environmental Recognition Awards were presented during our AGM on Jan. 22 to recognize the special efforts and dedication of local residents and groups to promote watershed health. Congratulations to all of this year's recipients!

Click on the links below to read articles prepared by Communications Assistant Naser Miftari about each of the recipients.
Community Conservationist Award
Recipients of the Community Conservationist Award
Kawartha Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association - Leadership in hosting an annual Woodlot Conference in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Region of Durham, and partnering with us on an annual tree seedling and shrub distribution program

Individual Conservationist Award
Scugog Lake Stewards accept the Individual Conservationist Award
Jamie Ross - Serving as a Director for the Scugog Lake Stewards since the organization's inception in 1999, and President from 2008 to 2011. Sadly, Mr. Ross passed away on Jan. 23, 2014.

Individual Conservationist Award Chris Appleton - Chairing the Community Advisory Panel for lake management planning in the Kawarthas from 2010 to 2013.

Partner Award
Partner Award
Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute Gold Star Construction Program - Contributing to the construction of a 250 metre boardwalk in Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area.

Business Award
Buckeye Marine - Supporting the purchase of a boat and motor that is assisting with lake management planning and environmental monitoring activities on lakes across the Kawarthas.

Excess soils, phosphorus, climate change key issues confronting the Kawarthas
Some Environmental Issues of Relevance to the Kawartha Region, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario During a keynote address at our AGM on Jan. 22, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Gord Miller underscored key environmental challenges in our region that include:
  • Managing the amount of excess soils being shipped to the Kawarthas from Toronto, and the need to shift the responsibility for managing the whole process to those who generate the excess soils;
  • The need to manage phosphorus by reducing, reusing, and recycling it, rather than introducing more into the environment through fertilizer use; and
  • The need to adapt to higher intensity weather events due to climate change which is resulting in more flooding.
The best time to plant trees is 20 years ago, the next best time is this spring!
Tree Seedling Purchase Program
There are many great reasons to plant trees, shrubs, and native grasses. It could be to stabilize a stream bank, create a wind break, or just leave a natural legacy.
We have a variety of species suitable to the Kawarthas available in bulk, including 9 tree species, 8 shrub species, and 3 grass species.



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Accomplishments in 2013
In a rapid-fire slide presentation, our CAO, Rob Messervey, gave an overview of our activities in 2013 during our AGM on Jan. 22.

Public Information Session on Ops #1 Drain/Jennings Creek Floodplain Mapping Study
Date:  Monday, March 3, 2014
Time:  3 pm to 7 pm (presentation beginning at 4 pm) 
Location:  Victoria Room, City Hall, 28 Francis Street, Lindsay 
Map of OPS1 and Jennings Creek Subwatershed
We are in the final stages of completing a floodplain study for the Ops #1 Drain and the Jennings Creek Subwatershed in Lindsay, shown on the map. A public information session, hosted in partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes, will be held to present the draft floodplain mapping results, including the regulated flood lines.

Please direct any inquiries to Peter Waring, Kawartha Conservation, 705.328.2271 ext. 213 or
Job opportunities
Planning and Regulation Technician - One year contract with intent to become permanent
Immediate opening - Apply by February 24, 2014

Click here for details.

Fleming College Spring Field Placements - Two-week, unpaid placements
Beginning in April - Apply by February 21, 2014 
  • Assistant Water Resources Technician
  • Assistant Water Resources and Climate Analyst
  • Conservation Areas Assistant

Keep an eye on our website for summer positions, that will include two Stewardship Technical Assistants, a Conservation Areas Assistant, and two Environmental Field Technicians.
Upcoming events
2014 Kawartha Lakes (Lindsay) Woodlot Conference and Trade Show - Saturday, Feb. 15 at I.E. Weldon Secondary School, Lindsay

Kawartha Farm Stewardship Workshop - Saturday, Mar. 1 at Crestwood Secondary School, 1885 Sherbrooke Street West, Peterborough

Public Information Session on Ops #1 Drain/Jennings Creek Floodplain Mapping Study - Monday, Mar. 3 at Victoria Room, City Hall, 28 Francis Street, Lindsay