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Measuring a Healthy Muskoka Watershed

    How is our changing climate impacting Muskoka?  What does calcium have to do with Muskoka’s environmental health? And what the heck are benthic macroinvertebrates?On July 19, Muskoka Watershed Council will be answering these questions and many more through the release of its fifth Muskoka Watershed Report Card. Following its launch at Gravenhurst’s Discovery Centre, MWC’s interactive, online report card will be available at www.muskokawatershed.org.   Muskoka Read more [...]
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Beating plastic pollution: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it!

By Teslyn Heron     ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ is the theme for this year’s World Environment Day (June 5) and Canadian Environment Week (June 3-9), which explores the concept of how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce plastic pollution in our environment and combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. This theme encourages all of us to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution Read more [...]
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MWC Comments on the Draft Watershed Planning Guidance

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) released a draft watershed planning guidance for municipalities and other planning authorities in Ontario. Watershed planning is an opportunity for municipalities and other planning authorities to work collaboratively towards watershed objectives by creating a framework for the management of human activities, land, water, aquatic life and resources within a watershed, and for the assessment Read more [...]
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The Importance of Urban Wetlands the theme for World Wetlands Day 2018

  Urban wetlands make cities livable in many important ways. They reduce flooding, replenish drinking water, filter waste, provide urban green spaces, and are a source of livelihoods. These wetland benefits grow ever more crucial as the number of people living in cities globally passes the 4 billion mark and continues to rise.   Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the value and importance of urban wetlands. In fast-growing cities, wetlands are often viewed as wasteland; Read more [...]
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Celebrate Canada 150 at the Great Muskoka Paddling Experience!

  Muskoka is gearing up for the 7th annual Great Muskoka Paddling Experience (GMPE) on Saturday, October 7th at Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge. It’s the last race of the season sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe & Kayak Racing Association.   With multiple race lengths and categories, GMPE is a fun racing experience for all ages and skill levels, and to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, a special North Canoe Challenge has been issued!   North Canoes Read more [...]
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MWC Comments on the Strategic Policy for Bait Management in Ontario

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) completed a comprehensive review of its provincial bait policies to help improve the management of bait (i.e. baitfish and leeches). The intent of the review was to evaluate options that minimize the ecological risks associated with the use, movement and harvest, while also reducing the complexity of current management regimes and increasing business certainty to the bait industry.   MWC submitted the following in response to the request Read more [...]
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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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