The District Municipality of Muskoka recently released the results of its Lake System Health Water Quality Monitoring Program for the 2016 season.
NEWS Monday, March 20, 2017
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety is in effect for the District, which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound and a north-west portion in the County of Haliburton.
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The MLA Water Quality Report presents data collected at 190 locations during the summer of 2016 and compares it to data collected from 2002 to 2015.
What has The MLA Water Level Task Force (WLTF) been up to since the flood and ice of April 2016?
The WLTF has embarked on a number of different Initiatives in the last 6 months.
Keep up to date on important municipal and District happenings with our monthly report.
We did again! Another fantastic food drive this year, and more than 1000 lb of food and $200 collected to support the Salvation Army Food Bank in Gravenhurst.
If you couldn't make it to the Community Centre in Port Carling, we still have information for you!
For the fourth year in a row, the MLA encourages you to donate your non-perishable food items at the end of the season, rather than hauling them home when you close the cottage.
Listen to Lisa Noonan, General Manager, on Hunters Bay Radio during an interview on July 20, 2016.
Whenever we head out onto the lake, we marvel at all the different flags people proudly fly on their flagpoles whether they be on docks, boathouses or decks. So many different designs, family crests and fun flags that have been waving in the warm summer winds of Muskoka for years.
We’re focusing on getting solid data so we can effectively present to our political leaders – not to mention the MNRF.
Your Muskoka Lakes Association needs your help! Change in how our water levels are managed is CRITICAL!
This not the right time of year to go boating in Muskoka, unless it is necessary. Why?
The weather is slowly warming with temperatures at night still at or below freezing, as you would know from weather forecasts. Much of the lake ice is now broken up and is disappearing rapidly. Water levels have dropped about 5” in the past 4 days in many areas. But the levels are still very high and waves can still send water and debris over many docks (trees, logs, wood, dock boards, etc). So there’s still the possibility of more damage.
The MLA has listened carefully to member feedback and is in progress of assembling all the facts that have contributed to the flooding currently happening in Muskoka. As many of you may know, the water levels have not dropped materially yet, from peak levels. Our Water Quality & Environment committee believes the cold weather the past week has somewhat slowed the flow of water, and the expected warm spell later this week, has potential to speed the inflow of water to our lakes. Although we have seen a very small drop in levels, about 2” from the peak 3 days ago, these levels are not dropping rapidly.
Invasive Phragmites (European Common Reed) is an invasive plant causing damage to Ontario's biodiversity, wetlands and beaches. Invasive Phragmites is a perennial grass that has been damaging ecosystems in Ontario for decades. It is not clear how it was transported to North America from its native home in Eurasia.
With the start of another year, we thought we would take a look back at some of the past actions the Muskoka Lakes Association has untaken on behalf of cottagers.
We've created a special edition of ShoreLines highlighting some of the actions we've taken on your behalf.
We've released the results of our 2015 water monitoring program including our second stage water quality monitoring in the village of Minett. Our testing in 2013 and 2014 showed elevated E.coli levels in some of the areas around Minett and Wallace Bay.