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Our Changing Watershed: The evolution of the Muskoka Watershed Report Card

Reporting on the overall health of our watersheds. By Rebecca Willison. Muskoka Watershed Council (MWC) is set to release its sixth Muskoka Watershed Report Card this summer, the result of…

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Our Changing Watershed: Think of your body as an ecosystem

We need to listen to what ecologists are telling us. By Geoff Ross. Last week, we provided an ecologist’s viewpoint of an ecosystem. You may have found that description complex,…

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Our Changing Watershed: What is an Ecosystem?

Muskoka Watershed Council works to answer that question, which is easier to ask than to answer. By Aaron Rusak. Humans are very much part of the ecosystem – but our…

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Our Changing Watershed: Is it Time to Give the Muskoka River Legal Rights?

Shifting the balance between us and the rest of nature. By Dr. Peter Sale. Birds Mill Dam in Bracebridge. Photo by Neil Hutchinson The Muskoka River Watershed is mostly in…

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Our Changing Watershed: Living with Flood Waters

A floodplain is a risky area to build. By Dr. Neil Hutchinson. Floating home in Yellowknife Bay, N.W.T., where annual water level fluctuations are 20 to 40 centimetres and 1.5…

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Our Changing Watershed: How Nature Works to Avoid Flooding in Muskoka

By Kevin Trimble. We often don’t think about floods until we see torrents of water roaring over our dams and waterfalls, down our big rivers, or raising water levels in…

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Our Changing Watershed: A Layman’s Guide to Spring Flooding in Muskoka

What happened in 2023? By Chris Cragg. The extreme spring flooding we saw in 2019 and 2013 does not happen every year. It only happens when a sequence of adverse…

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Our Changing Watershed: Understanding the threats facing our watershed

What kind of place do we want Muskoka to become? By Dr. Neil Hutchinson. Our Muskoka, and our watershed, are changing. From the forests and wetlands in the upper reaches…

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What is the Muskoka Watershed Council?

By Peter Sale, MWC Chair. The otter on the Muskoka Watershed Council logo has been cavorting across Muskoka for over 20 years, yet people remain confused. MWC is not part of…

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Reflections on Earth Day and Muskoka

By Peter Sale. April 22nd will be the 52nd Earth Day. Starting in 1970 with teach-ins across US campuses, Earth Day became global in 1990. It is a day to pause…

A Community Round Table is needed for Integrated Watershed Management

Muskoka Watershed Council is seeking individuals interested in joining the Community Round Table on Integrated Watershed Management for the Muskoka River Watershed. You can become a part of the process…

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Restoring Muskoka shorelines and integrated watershed management

By Cassie Emms Did you know that the Muskoka River Watershed has approximately 6,800 kilometres of shoreline? To put that in perspective, it equates to driving from Ottawa to Calgary…