Algae Sampling

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…

Muskoka Environment

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…

Photo by John McQuarrie

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…

Mary Lake Dam

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…

Big East River aerial photograph

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…

Snow Shovel

It’s time for a low salt diet

  When it rains, pollution on streets, parking lots and lawns is washed into storm drains, then directly to our drinking water supplies and the lakes our children play in…

Photo of a man floating in a lake

Bathing in the lake: It’s okay if I use biodegradable soap, right?

Actually, no. Many cottagers and lake associations struggle with the issue of people lathering up and jumping in the lake. While many of these offenders try to minimize the environmental…

Reducing Your Personal Impact

By Dan Vanclieaf   Have you ever asked what you can do to ensure a healthy and sustainable Muskoka? One of the most important actions you can take is to…

Simple Ways to Reduce the Spread of Invasive Species

By Dylan Moesker   Invasive species are a growing topic of concern as the importance of native species is becoming better understood. Experts in the field have been actively trying…

The Importance of Wetlands for You and for Muskoka

By Dan Vanclieaf   In a region renowned for its lakes and rivers, the importance of wetlands in maintaining a healthy and functioning ecosystem is often forgotten. In the recent…

Healthy Watersheds are Biodiverse and Resilient

  ‘Biodiverse’, ‘Resilient’, words like these don’t mean a lot to the average Muskokan, but we all understand the idea of a healthy environment occupied by the kinds of plants…

Muskoka’s Lakes Should Offer Good Homes for Fish

  We all know fish live in water. Anglers know that fish, just like us, have their real estate preferences, and don’t hang out just anywhere in a lake. The…