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When it comes to road salt, a little can go a long way!

  The overuse of road salt is damaging to our infrastructure, automobiles, vegetation, water quality and the environment, which is why it was added to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act’s Priority Substances List in 1995. Since this time, municipalities have … Continue reading  

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How our forests influence water flow in Muskoka

by Javier Cappella     Water and forests in Muskoka’s watersheds are intimately linked. Muskoka’s forests are unique in their abundance. Without the intense land use pressures of southern Ontario but still far enough south to have a diverse number … Continue reading  

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How important is that wetland?

By Peter Sale       You’ve all seen wetlands. There are lots of them in Muskoka. Marshy, boggy, mosquito-infested, noxious places; neither a lake nor dry land; what good are wetlands, and do we need to protect them?   … Continue reading  

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Mother Nature thinks we are all deadbeats in Muskoka

  By Geoff Ross   In most human endeavours, from managing a home, to managing a major business enterprise, it is important to consider all the costs and all the revenues, and to ensure that the latter meets or exceeds … Continue reading  

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What Are Algae Doing in Muskoka’s Lakes?

By Peter Sale     Responding to considerable community interest, the Muskoka Watershed Council wants to find out what algae are doing in Muskoka lakes.   These tiny single-celled plants thrive in enormous numbers in the waters of every Muskoka … Continue reading  

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Why talk about “models” when we need to stop real floods?

By Geoff Ross     In the many discussions underway about recent flooding in Muskoka, the idea of a “model” for how water moves through Muskoka is perhaps the most misunderstood. A common perception is that a “model” is just … Continue reading  

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Integrated watershed management can manage Muskoka’s environment

By Peter Sale     In a previous article, Kevin Trimble proposed using watershed hydrology to help manage floods. How do we do this?   The Muskoka Watershed Council recommends integrated watershed management if we want long-term success. Integrated watershed … Continue reading  

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We need more than just an update to the Muskoka River Water Management Plan

By Kevin Trimble, MWC Chair     The “Flood of 2019” is now a common term in Muskoka. In its aftermath, there has been an urgent need to focus political will and resources on helping people recover their own losses … Continue reading  

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Connecting the Drops: A Case for Integrated Watershed Management

The Muskoka Stewardship Conference is organized by the Muskoka Watershed Council (MWC) every two years. The themes for the conferences are based on the premise that in order to manage something we must first understand it. The 2019 conference looked … Continue reading  

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The Great Lakes: A Macrocosm of the Muskoka River Watershed

By Emily Crowder   At the University of Guelph, Professor Paul Sibley teaches a course titled “Stressors in the Great Lakes” where 15 or so lucky students get to participate in a combination of field and classroom learning focused on … Continue reading  

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