Kawartha Conservation
Update - March 25, 2014
Sturgeon Lake Management Plan near completion
Strategies proposed for protecting the lake

Photo: Executive Liaison Group
The draft Sturgeon Lake Management Plan was endorsed on March 14 by the Executive Liaison Group for Lake Management Planning in the City of Kawartha Lakes. The group provides high level guidance and support to the planning process, helps build and access partnerships to support plan development and implementation, and assists in communicating the findings of the plan and key implementation strategies.
 
The plan, which outlines a series of strategies for protecting the lake, will now go forward to City Council for endorsement before finalization. A draft of the plan and supporting science, found in a characterization report, can be viewed online.
 
At the meeting were, from left to right in the photo: Doug Erlandson, Chair, Community Advisory Panel; Karen Bellamy, Peterborough District Manager, Ministry of Natural Resources; Jewel Cunningham, Director, Ontario Waterways, Parks Canada; Peter Taylor, Manager, Technical Support Section, Ministry of the Environment; Mike Hendren, Executive Director, Kawartha Land Trust; Dr. Eric Sager, Fleming College/Trent University; Donna Villemaire, Director, Kawartha Conservation; Pat Warren, Chair, Kawartha Conservation; Brian Junkin, Councillor, Ward 7, City of Kawartha Lakes; Ron Taylor, Director, Development Services, City of Kawartha Lakes; Stephen Strangway, Councillor, Ward 5, City of Kawartha Lakes; Doug Elmslie, Councillor, Ward 6, City of Kawartha Lakes; Rob Messervey, CAO, Kawartha Conservation; Mark Majchrowski, Director, Watershed Management, Kawartha Conservation.
 
Keeping a close eye on water levels this spring
With warmer temperatures on the way, we are closely monitoring water levels in our watershed area. Our water level monitoring network consists of water level gauges, precipitation gauges, and snow courses. For weather monitoring, we use information from our own gauges, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and other other sources.
 
There is still a significant amount of snow on the ground, as not much has melted at this time, and the amount of water contained in the snow pack is very high. In Ken Reid Conservation Area, the average amount of water in the snow pack for mid March is around 41 millimeters; for this year, we have recorded 144 millimeters!
 
The Ministry of Natural Resources is anticipating colder than normal temperatures over the next month. Ideally, the snow will melt a little during the day, and then freeze back up at night, melt a little more the next day, and so on, with little rain. This would help avoid a large rush of water into rivers and lakes that could cause flooding.
 
When flooding is possible, we issue flood messages to municipal emergency management officials, the media, distribute the messages through our newsletter, and post them online.  
 
For more about our Flood Forecasting and Warning Program, and information about being prepared before flooding, visit our website.

Diagram: Flood monitoring network
Draft floodplain maps presented
Floodplain meeting on March 3, 2014
A panel including conservation authority and City of Kawartha Lakes staff answers questions after presentations about the draft floodplain maps for Lindsay Ops #1 Drain and Jennings Creek, March 3, 2014.
As part of a floodplain study for the Ops #1 Drain and Jennings Creek Subwatershed in Lindsay, draft maps were presented during a public information session on March 3, hosted in partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes. It was attended by over 50 people who included property owners, consulting engineers, developers, and City staff.
 
The maps show where flooding will occur and by how much during various types of storm events. 
 
The maps will be used to ensure future development and redevelopment are safe from flooding and do not negatively impacted others within and close to the existing floodplain. They will also assist with emergency planning.
 
This is the first of 10 studies being completed across the City for areas prone to flooding. Other areas include Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Little Britain, and Omemee.
 
We have posted the presentations from the information session on a new web page that also provides more information about the studies. Visit KawarthaConservation.com/floodstudies.

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Last call for tree seedlings, shrubs, and grasses
It's your last chance to place an order for trees, shrubs, and grasses for this year's distribution. The deadline is March 31.
 
Tree Seedling Purchase Program
There is a fantastic variety of tree species that can be used to create a windbreak, convert marginal lands into a valuable forest, or help control erosion along watercourses. 
 
The shrubs and grasses include species that are suitable for shorelines. They are species that  grow extensive root systems that can help stabilized your shoreline, protecting it from erosion and ice damage, as well as deter Canada geese.
 
 
Pickup is tentatively planned for April 24 & 25.

 

Join our team as Stewardship Technician
Immediate opening to November 28, 2014
Apply by April 7, 2014

We are currently seeking an energetic, professional, team player to join us in the role of Stewardship Technician. The successful candidate will be highly organized and enjoy working with the public to raise awareness through social marketing activities such as the Blue Canoe program. See our website for details.

Support a sustainable watershed
Butterfly on a thistle If you have an interest in local environmental health and outdoor recreation, consider making a donation to one of the projects or program areas featured on our support page.

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Upcoming events
 
Peterborough Town Hall: Climate Change in My Backyard - Tuesday, March 25 at the Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St, Peterborough