The Environment Council for Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lakes is a volunteer, non-profit conservation group.
Our goal is to preserve and enhance the sustainability of the local watershed environment for future generations of humans and wildlife.



Ensuring our lakes are sustainable into the future means paying attention to lake water quality – and the factors that threaten its well being, learning about the effects of climate change and how to safely mitigate them, arming ourselves with knowledge about our aging septic systems and knowing when and how to repair or replace them, and more. This June 29th, plan to visit Sustainable Cottaging Day at Juniper Island, Stony Lake, where we’ll have experts on hand to answer your questions about a range of pressing cottage and environmental issues. And bring the kids! Wendy, the Education Director with the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre in Peterborough, will be on hand to talk about turtle habitat and why it’s important, and she’s bringing some awfully cute ambassadors with her.

Year of the Natural Shoreline

It’s official! Environment Council has dubbed 2019 the YEAR OF THE NATURAL SHORELINE – a concept we kicked off with a late-May waterfront event at Camp Kawartha. Our guest speaker, Peterborough-based landscape architect Helen Batten of Basterfield & Associates Inc, demonstrated the importance of a vegetated buffer zone by the shoreline and explained why native plants with deep roots are so beneficial to lake water quality and wildlife habitat. Here’s Helen (right) at Camp Kawartha, talking about her redesign for the camp’s waterfront – work that will get underway this summer.

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Facing Climate Change

In August, 2018, we were privileged to have Christine Tu, aquatic ecologist and climate change advisor, speak at our annual summer meeting. It was an eye-opening event. Now, Christine has modified her fascinating presentation for publication and sharing. Read more.

Eutrophication (see video) is just one of the effects of climate change altering our lakes.


Making A Difference


Wondering how climate change affects our water?  So were we. So, with the support of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Environment Council is conducting Dissolved Oxygen tests at three deep water sites on Upper Stoney, Stony, and Clear Lakes.

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Old and faulty septic systems and holding tanks pollute lake water and pose significant threats to human health. They discharge nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, and can contaminate surface and groundwater resources.

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The EC recently highlighted the need for further environmental assessment of the development proposal for Pilgrim’s Rest, Upper Stoney, and we continue to monitor the large-scale expansion plans for the Lovesick Lake Trailer Park, immediately upstream from Stony Lake.

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A natural shoreline is a healthy shoreline. That’s because they slow down nutrient runoff, reduce erosion, and provide food and shelter for fish and other wildlife. When you alter a natural shoreline – even with the best intentions, you upset a delicate – and essential – balance.

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Environment Council Photo Contest 2018

Gallery of Winners

Contact us: info@environmentcouncil.ca