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Thinking Like A Watershed

By Rob Attfield   Imagine for a moment that you are no longer in human form but have been transformed into the vibrant and expansive Muskoka Watershed. This is your new body. Instead of a torso with arms, legs and … Continue reading  

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Discovering your environment with appealing apps!

By Rebecca Willison     At this point in social and physical distancing, you’re probably tired of seeing the inside of your house. The mild spring weather means it’s a great time to get outdoors and connect with your property, … Continue reading  

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What Covid-19 Teaches Us About Dealing with Climate Change and Development Pressure

By Peter Sale     When the Covid-19 pandemic is past, and it will pass, we will still need to manage the Muskoka watershed – the environmental quality of this place we love is vital to both our economy and … Continue reading  

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Earth Day, Spring cleanup, COVID-19 and Geese!

By Pete LeMoine     We can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day outside at home!   The snow has melted, and we are all self-isolating and eager to be out in the fresh Muskoka air! Let’s rake and … Continue reading  

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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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