Kawartha Conservation
September 10, 2014
Blue Canoe Program makes a splash this summer

Blue Canoe visit
Stopping by Thomas Meisner's dock on Four Mile Lake, August 9. Photo courtesy of Saul Chernos.
Blue Canoe representatives Erinn Lawrie and Colin Carter paddled their way across seven lakes this summer, speaking with shoreline property owners about protecting water quality and ecological health. They reached more than 1,025 people, going from dock to dock and door to door, and sharing information at various events and meetings. The Blue Canoe Program is supported by the City of Kawartha Lakes and the RBC Blue Water Project, and has reached over 3,375 people in the Kawarthas since 2012!

During their outreach, Erinn and Colin provided information packages, answered questions and concerns about the lakes, and conducted a survey. They were encouraged by the level of interest property owners had in taking action on their properties, as well as by the number who had already taken positive steps to improve water quality. By meeting one-on-one, we were able to provide some of the know-how that will help property owners take their stewardship activities to the next level, as well as gain new insights about changes in the lakes and what is most important to protect.

The support of cottage and road associations, along with enthusiastic community members, also made a significant impact. With their help, we were able to get many more people involved in best management practices.

Many thanks to everyone for another great year!

For more about the Blue Canoe Program, visit our website.
WORKSHOP: Greening Your Grounds
Want to update your yard, but don't know where to start? Our experts will lead you through all of the steps to creating a personalized plan for your property.

This two-part workshop is being held in 4 different locations, including Port Perry, Greenbank, Fenelon Falls, and Lindsay. Choose a location that is convenient to you!

PART 1 - Get Started!

What is a rain garden? How does a rain barrel work? Should I install a permeable patio? Learn about the newest trends in residential landscaping and how to use them to add pizzazz to your property.

PART 2 - Learn About Native Plants & Ask the Experts

Native Plants can add dazzling elements of colour and shape to any garden! Gain inspiration and know-how to create your own natural garden oasis. AND Get one-on-one expert advice about your plans from landscapers, engineers, garden gurus, and staff from Kawartha Conservation and other organizations.

The workshop uses a 55-page colour guide to help you make the most of rainwater that falls on your property. The guide below is provided with your registration.

Greening Your Grounds workbook


A one-time registration fee of $20 gives you access to both sessions and includes the guide, Greening Your Grounds: A Homeowners Guide to Storm Water Landscaping Projects. Two additional members of your household may choose to share your workbook, and not pay an additional fee per person.

Register today at KawarthaConservation.com/workshop or contact Holly Shipclark at HShipclark@KawarthaConservation.com or 705.328.2271 ext. 240.

Fenelon Falls
Location: Fenelon Falls Community Centre, 27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls ON
PART 1 - Wednesday, September 24 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm
PART 2 - Wednesday, October 8 from 6 pm to 9 pm

Location: Greenbank Centennial Hall, 19965 Highway 12, Greenbank ON
PART 1 - Thursday, September 25 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm
PART 2 - Thursday, October 9 from 6 pm to 9 pm

Location: Kawartha Conservation, 277 Kenrei Rd., Lindsay ON
PART 1 - Wednesday, October 1 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm
PART 2 - Wednesday, October 15 from 6 pm to 9 pm

Port Perry
Location: Scugog Memorial Public Library, 231 Water Street, Port Perry ON
PART 1 - Tuesday, October 21 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm
PART 2 - Tuesday, October 28 from 6 pm to 9 pm
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Community provides input to lake management plans
Blanding's Turtle
Mrs. B is a 90+ year old Blanding's turtle, shown by Jeff Hathaway from Scales Nature Park during an open house. This species is listed as "Threatened" in Ontario, and likely to become endangered if steps are not taken to address the issues threatening it. The Blanding's Turtle is the only Ontario turtle with a yellow chin and throat.
At three open houses held in August, over 135 attendees provided important input on lake management plans being developed across the Kawartha Lakes. Combined with scientific research, the observations and concerns of people who use the lakes are shaping the actions and recommendations in each lake management plan.

Some of the comments we received included the need for practical and immediate solutions to help control aquatic plants that limit access to the lake; how visitors to the area need to be aware of best practices for preventing the spread of invasive species; where there are opportunities around the lakes for stewardship projects; and dozens of other important comments.

We were also delighted to have guest presenters talk about Northern Pike, shoreline ecology, turtles, and using milfoil weevils to control Eurasian milfoil. Many thanks to all of the presenters, along with co-hosts who included the Balsam Lake Association, Cameron Lake Moorings Association, and Trent Matters.

If you would like to provide additional comments and feedback about lake management planning, please email Brett Tregunno.
Community Advisory Panel hears First Nations perspective on wild rice
Wild rice
Trumpeter Swans, making a comeback in Ontario, feed on the wild rice off the shore of Ken Reid Conservation Area on Sturgeon Lake.
The harvest of wild rice in the Kawartha Lakes by First Nations has a long history, and continues to this day. 

During a Community Advisory Panel for Lake Management Planning in the Kawarthas, held on August 28, Dave Mowat and Jeff Beaver of Alderville First Nation provided a detailed presentation. They outlined the legal context in which they currently manage and harvest wild rice on the lakes, their management approach, and showed a video of a harvest, along with how the rice is dehulled and roasted before cooking. 

The presentation was well received by panel members who recognized that wild rice will need to be considered within lake management planning. 

It was also noted that as water quality has been improving in the lakes over the years, wild rice growth has also been improving. Wild rice is very sensitive to water quality, and is a clear indication of good water quality. 

Plan development involves a wide range of stakeholders who view the lakes from different perspectives, and wild rice has been a topic of interest for a number of communities around several lakes.

For more about lake management planning, visit KawarthaConservation.com/cklplans
Order your trees, shrubs, and grasses today for pickup in April
Buttonbush is a shoreline shrub with distinct white blossoms. Its deep roots help protect against erosion.
We're now taking orders for our 2015 seedling distribution! There are 11 tree species, 8 shrub species, and 3 grass species available, most of which are native, and all suitable to growing conditions in the Kawarthas. 

Whether you are creating a natural oasis on your property, building property value, or using plants to create windbreaks, you will find a range of species for your project. 

The shrubs and grasses are especially suited to shorelines. They will thrive in wet conditions, and grow deep, strong roots to help protect your shoreline from erosion.

Visit our website for details about each species, including their preferred sites, characteristics, and the benefits to your property and watershed. Order forms are now available for download. 

Seedlings will be ready for pick up on April 23 and 24 (weather permitting) in Ken Reid Conservation Area, near Lindsay.
Out in Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area

A tour of the new South Forest Loop in Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area, June 26, 2014.
We've received some great feedback about the new trails opened earlier this summer in Durham East Cross Forest Conservation Area. The new trails total 4.3 kilometres in the south end, and are accessible from a new parking lot at 4531 Boundary Rd. They include the new South Forest Loop which is 2.3 km long, taking you beneath a forest canopy of large Red Oak, Red Pine, White Pine, and Sugar Maple. The Main Access Trail from the north end, at 4560 Devitts Rd., has been expanded all the way to the south end parking lot, allowing visitors to hike the whole span of the conservation area.

An opening was held on June 26 with Durham MPP Granville Anderson, Scugog Mayor Chuck Mercier, and Brock Mayor Terry Clayton, along with partner organization representatives from the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, Ontario Heritage Trust, Durham Field Naturalists, Oak Ridges Trail Association, and others. During the event, our CAO, Rob Messervey, highlighted 5 properties that were acquired over the past 3 years through $350,000 in support from the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, Durham Region, and the Township of Scugog. The properties protect fragile natural habitat, and are designated as a Natural Core Area on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Off-road motorized activity is strictly prohibited within the conservation area to ensure the safety of visitors, and also to protect sensitive natural features. Off-road motorized activity has, however, been reported. Durham Regional Police, along with a private security company, are now patrolling the area and laying charges.

If you spot any illegal activity, please note any license plate numbers, along with a description, and contact us at 705.328.2271 ext. 212 or JJames@KawarthaConservation.com. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Job opportunity
Risk Management Official - 2 Year Full-Time Contract - Immediate Opening
Apply by September 14, 2014

The Risk Management Official is responsible for performing statutory duties of the position as prescribed under Part IV of the Clean Water Act, 2006, which primarily includes negotiating risk management plans; the issuance of orders, notices, and reports on related activities with various stakeholders under the direction of Kawartha Conservation, and on behalf of the City of Kawartha Lakes. The Risk Management Official will be responsible for enforcement activities in consultation and interaction with the City officials to ensure compliance with the applicable Source Protection Plan.

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