About the Environment Council

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

As the successor organization to the Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lake Plan Steering Committee, we are working to achieve this goal by implementing the Lake Plan recommendations and action plans, which were published in 2008.

The Lake Plan Report, entitled A Delicate Balance, was the result of a three-year strategic research and planning process called Lake Planning, now being widely used across Ontario. The process included several consultation and priority setting sessions with stakeholders on and around the three lakes – cottagers, residents, on-lake businesses, and local government and agency representatives at all levels, as well as other environment stewardship groups.

Water quality was the number one issue identified as a result of this process, and we are currently working to influence change in four priority areas that contribute to it:

  • preservation and restoration of natural shorelines
  • evaluation and protection of significant wetlands
  • prevention of pollution from septic systems
  • strengthening of municipal policies, plans, regulations and programs.