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Our History

The Environment Council for Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lakes is a volunteer, non-profit group. Since our formation in 2008, our goal has remained the same: we are dedicated to preserving and enhancing 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 continue to work to influence change in three priority areas that contribute to it:

  • preservation and restoration of natural shorelines

  • prevention of pollution from septic systems

  • monitoring of municipal planning and development

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