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Muskoka Historian Featured at Watershed Council Talk

    How have the environmental realities of the Canadian Shield shaped the rural identity of Muskoka? Muskoka historian Dr. Andrew Watson discusses this and more at the upcoming Muskoka Watershed Council talk “Shaped by the Shield: Environment, Identity, and History in Muskoka”, being held at the Huntsville Public Library on August 9th at 4 pm.   Dr. Watson’s research, which forms the basis for his upcoming book, examines the transformation of Muskoka from a strictly Read more [...]
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Invasive Species Intern Comes to Muskoka

Muskoka Watershed Council is pleased to welcome Rebecca Jackson to our outreach team this summer. Becca is an Invasive Species Awareness Intern with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ Invading Species Awareness Program.   Becca will be attending a variety of community events across Muskoka to raise awareness about the invasive species that are threatening Muskoka’s biodiversity, including Phragmites, Japanese Knotweed, and Spiny Waterflea. She will focus on preventing the Read more [...]
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Love Your Lake Returns for a 5th Season in Muskoka

Muskoka Watershed Council kicked off the 2017 Love Your Lake program in Muskoka with a visit to Ada Lake in Muskoka Lakes. Ada Lake is one of four lakes that are participating in the program this year.   Love Your Lake is a shoreline assessment and stewardship program that provides shoreline property owners with resources to help improve the health of their shoreline and their lake. The program is developed and coordinated by Watersheds Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation, who Read more [...]
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2017 LYL Job Posting

  Job Posting: Shoreline Assessment Technician Muskoka Love Your Lake Program   Muskoka Watershed Council is seeking a highly motivated student to help deliver the Love Your Lake shoreline stewardship program on a variety of lakes in Muskoka this summer.   Start Date: 4 July 2017 Length of Contract: 8 Weeks, 30 hrs/wk Pay Rate: $13.50/hr   Primary Responsibilities Assist in the delivery of the Love Your Lake shoreline stewardship program. Conduct Read more [...]
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MWC Partners Up With Local Paddlers & Outfitter to “Row for a Reason”

  Once again, leaders of Muskoka’s paddling scene have come together to support our local environment through a new fundraising initiative with Muskoka Watershed Council (MWC), a non-profit volunteer organization promoting watershed health since 2001.   The award winning marathon paddling event known as Muskoka River X (MRX) is considered the longest single day expedition paddling race in the world. With ongoing support from Algonquin Outfitters (AO), race organizers Rob Read more [...]
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Save on registration for “50 Shades of Green” Conference until April 15

  Save on the cost of registering for the upcoming “50 Shades of Green” Muskoka Stewardship Conference until April 15th! Organized by the Muskoka Watershed Council and The District Municipality of Muskoka, the Conference will tackle the topic of algae in our lakes and will take place May 12th at the Port Carling Community Centre.   So why dedicate an entire day to algae? Because they’re important, they’re noticeable, and they’re changing!   All of our lakes Read more [...]
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World Water Day Reminds Us to Appreciate Muskoka’s Water

        Muskoka is fortunate to have so much freshwater and it is easy to take our clean, plentiful water for granted. Many people across the planet don’t have such easy access to safe water supplies. World Water Day, observed by the United Nations on March 22nd every year, is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.   Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home. The Sustainable Development Goals, Read more [...]
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Muskoka Bat Collective

In the last decade, several of Ontario’s bat species have experienced dramatic population declines. These declines have led to four of Ontario’s bat species being added to the Endangered Species list; half of the species of bats found in Muskoka are now Endangered.   The Muskoka Bat Collective was created in 2015 through the coming together of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, local schools, businesses, not-for-profit groups (including the Muskoka Watershed Council), Read more [...]
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MWC and FMW Move Ahead

  Muskoka Watershed Council (MWC) and Friends of the Muskoka Watershed (FMW) have mutually agreed to formally become two independent and separate organizations, each pursuing different, yet complimentary, paths to best serve the environmental interests of Muskoka, its residents and its watershed ecosystems.   MWC will continue with its long standing and engaging projects and programs to champion watershed health, including its recent “Planning for Climate Change in Muskoka” Read more [...]
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MWC Comments on DMM OPA 45

  The District Municipality of Muskoka asked for comments related to a proposed amendment to the Official Plan of the Muskoka District Area (OPA No. 45 – Lake System Health Policy Update). The purpose of the proposed Official Plan Amendment would be to provide an updated, simplified and scientifically defensible policy set for the continued protection of Muskoka’s recreational water quality.   MWC submitted the following in response to the request for input:         January Read more [...]
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