A BIT ABOUT US
The Environment Council for Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lakes is a volunteer, member-based, non-profit group. Our goal is to preserve and enhance the sustainability of the local watershed environment for future generations of humans and wildlife. (Photo by Ariana Kaminsky.)
Peterborough County is nearing the end of the long development process for its new Official Plan – a document that will directly affect the environmental health of Selwyn, North Kawartha, Douro Dummer and Trent Lakes townships. Now – through a series of township Zoom open houses – you can find out more about the protections the proposed Official Plan will include (such as those affecting water health and shoreline development) and have your say in the matter. Meetings are scheduled throughout March and April.
Following months of research, the Environment Council and its partners at the Kawartha Land Trust and Fleming College (among others) have published a new map of our lakes revealing the altered shoreline conditions and remaining natural shoreline. To read about this fascinating project and why it's important to the future health of our lakes, click below.
Human uses, particularly inappropriate development of lake shoreline properties over time, have taken a large toll on natural heritage, habitat and lake health. Ston(e)y and Clear lakes alone have over 2,000 developed waterfront properties. Now, a group of EC members is committed to addressing the need for shoreline and natural heritage protection for lakes via improved, proactive policy protection through the new Peterborough County Official Plan and through township by-laws and enforcement.
Naturalized shorelines are a huge contributor to the health of our lakes. They diminish run-off, provide habitat and food for wildlife, prevent erosion, and improve our lake water quality. (And – bonus! – they inhibit geese.) To learn more about naturalized shorelines – why they're so important and how to create one on your own waterfront – click below.
2021 was a devastating year (again!) for our trees thanks to this destructive invasive species – Lymantria dispar dispar. While some folks have turned to aerial spraying of Btk to combat the moths, which are able to defoliate entire trees in a matter of a few short days, we present some natural solutions, along with information about life cycle and the timing of specific treatments.
Starry stonewort (SSW) is an aggressive, invasive macro alga that has spread rapidly throughout the Kawartha lakes, having previously established itself in the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence, Lake Simcoe and other lakes. While there is presently no way to rid our lakes of this damaging species it's vital that we learn to prevent its spread.