A photo of Duck Chutes on the Muskoka River taken by Kevin Trimble

What is watershed health?

The Muskoka Watershed Report Card describes some disturbing trends in a number of environmental variables. By Kevin Trimble. Muskoka’s healthy natural environment provides numerous opportunities for enjoyment, including Duck Chutes…

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‘Ecological osteoporosis’ in our lakes and forests

Calcium is a critical element for all life. By Dr. Neil Hutchinson. A study by the Friends of the Muskoka Watershed shows that higher calcium concentrations in soil increases the…

Photo of a flooded boathouse by Richard Lammers

What do we know now about climate change in Muskoka?

Winter will not go away, but it could be very different than what we have experienced in the past. By Dr. Richard Lammers. Flooding on the Muskoka River. Nearly 40…

Excessive salt use on roads

Economic and environmental costs of using road salt in Muskoka are not trivial

Integrated watershed management and safe winter driving. By Dr. Neil Hutchinson. December arrives and we are planning for how we will adapt to this winter and wondering what kind of…

Bracebridge Bay - Photo by John McQuarrie

Integrated management of the Muskoka River Watershed: Time to get started!

Integrated Watershed Management requires a culture shift in the way we think but is a more effective way to manage our environment and economy. By Kevin Trimble. Muskoka Watershed Council…

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Is sustaining the environment really important in Muskoka?

By Dr. Peter Sale. Our municipalities state that conserving and sustaining our iconic environment is a key objective in their Official Plans. Candidates for municipal councils almost universally include the…

Neil Hutchinson

Our Changing Watershed: What Have We Learned, Muskoka?

Our Changing Watershed series illustrated problems and aimed to identify solutions. By Dr. Neil Hutchinson. We thank all of you who have read and followed our series of articles over…

Photo of a flooded boathouse by Richard Lammers

Our Changing Watershed: Apology for Muskoka environment as written 76 years from now

"I want to apologize to you and your generation for leaving the planet in such a poor state." By Richard Lammers. To my dearest great-granddaughter, As we approach the turn…

Graphic showing reports produced about climate change.

Our Changing Watershed: Who are those climate scientists, and why should we believe them?

These folks are the world’s most credible voice on climate change. By Geoff Ross. I often hear, or read, sentiments that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) consists of…

The balance is clear – the benefits of climate action outweigh the costs of not acting.

Our Changing Watershed: Let’s Stop Pretending Our Environment is Worthless

Part two of a two-part series. By Geoff Ross. Last week’s article described how our society has progressed from an inability to recognize the value of healthy ecosystems, to the…

Landmark experiments provided proof.

Our Changing Watershed: Let’s Stop Pretending Our Environment is Worthless

Part one of a two-part series. By Geoff Ross. This week’s title will be shocking to those who understand that the environment is clearly worth a great deal. I agree. But…

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Our Changing Watershed: How well is our Muskoka environment doing?

In 2023, we see evidence of change according to report. By Peter Sale. Aerial photo of the Town of Huntsville. This summer, the Muskoka Watershed Council is releasing its 2023…