The Muskoka Conservancy, based out of Bracebridge, hosted a symposium on Wednesday March 26, 2014 called “Working Around Water.” Contractors, builders, landscapers, architects, lake associations, and many others were in attendance to hear the latest technologies and eco-intelligent solutions related to working near or along the shoreline. Presenters shared insight on topics such as erosion control, wildflower and grass ecology, and biofilter septic technology. The Ministry of Natural Resources, The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and a panel of Municipal government representatives discussed the work permit process and associated rules and regulations. The symposium created a wonderful opportunity to link appropriate groups of people for sharing knowledge and open dialogue. If you are looking for help when working around your waterfront, a business registry was created from the participant list and will be available on the Muskoka Conservancy’s website (we will try to post it here also). If you would like more details, or have any questions about the symposium, contact the Nature Conservancy or Lake Vernon Association’s Environmental Committee – firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer, the WCE is developing a centre of excellence. The focus of the centre is to contribute to business development for entrepreneurs. A second lab will be built to provide services for companies to develop and/or test products related to clean water technologies such as domestic septic treatment. Developing technologies such as these will contribute to maintaining the health of the Muskoka watershed and will promote business opportunities for the region. The new lab will also help expand the lake monitoring program (such as heavy metal testing). If anyone from the Lake Vernon Association is keen to help out with funding, please contact Dr. Colin Yates at (226-220-0133).
Grab your calendar!
The Muskoka Conservancy's Spring Shoreline Workshops are here! These all run in the evenings from 7pm till 9pm.
Nutrient Loading Tuesday, March 18 in Bracebridge
Canada Geese Wednesday, April 2 in Gravenhurst
Flooding and Naturalization Wednesday, April 9 in Huntsville
Flooding and Naturalization Tuesday, May 6 in Gravenhurst
Erosion Thursday, April 24 in Bracebridge
Attracting Wildlife Wednesday, May 21 in Huntsville
All workshops are free but they fill up fast so pre-registration is recommended. Call (705) 645-7393 ext. 200 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve a spot and for details on workshop locations.
The Muskoka Conservancy is hosting a separate professional development opportunity called "Working Around Water" on Wednesday, March 26 from 9am-4pm. Topics will include erosion control, permitting & planning, septic technology & site planning, and landscaping. Cost is $50. Call (705) 645-7393 ext. 200 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.