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A BIT ABOUT US

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.

 

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."

Jane Goodall

 

THE ISSUES

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HEALTHY SHORELINES

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.

LDD MOTHS

It's been 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

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.

 

NEWSLETTER

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OUR PROJECTS

From water quality studies to shoreline restoration we are committed to protecting our water

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DISSOLVED OXYGEN SAMPLING

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

SEPTIC RE-INSPECTIONS

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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HEALTHY SHORELINES

A natural shoreline is a healthy shoreline. That's because it slows down nutrient runoff, reduces erosion, and provides 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.