Andrew Arentowicz

What is the Environment Council and what does it do?

The Environment Council for Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lakes is a group of volunteers dedicated to protecting the health of these lakes and the surrounding natural environment.

The Environment Council is the successor organization to the Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lake Plan Steering Committee – the group that produced the Lake Plan. Our goal is to preserve and enhance the Clear, Ston(e)y, White Lake watershed environment for future generations of humans and wildlife by implementing the Lake Plan recommendations and action plans. Hence our slogan “Your Lake Plan in Action”.

Water quality was the top issue identified in the Lake Plan, and we are currently focusing on four priority action areas to improve it – preserving natural shorelines, protecting wetlands, promoting good septic system practices, and strengthening municipal policies and plans affecting the lakes.

How did the Environment Council get started?

Almost 20 years ago, a number of concerned Ston(e)y Lakers banded together as the Ston(e)y Lake Environment Council to try to protect the lake environment.

Andrew Arentowicz

Realizing we needed a more inclusive approach to be successful, we hosted an early 2005 meeting of cottagers, residents, on-lake businesses, and local government and agency representatives. Representatives of this group embarked on a process called Lake Planning, on a local watershed basis, and worked steadily for three years to gather data and fairly reflect differing priorities.

In summer 2008 we published the results of our research, mapping and priority setting – the Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lake Plan Report entitled A Delicate Balance. This report set out 42 recommendations, six action plans and a wealth of information ranging from water quality data to community values.

We then reorganized ourselves as the Environment Council for Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lakes, and dug in again to put the Lake Plan into action.


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What’s New?… Published June 10, 2017

Environment Council applauds progress on septics

We are happy to report a positive response to one of our long-term water quality protection programs.
By the end of 2016, all four townships surrounding our lakes had taken the initiative to set up Septic Re-Inspection Programs.
This culminates a decade-long effort by Environment Council to inform and consult with the townships about the importance of good septic system practices in protecting water quality and our lakes’ recreational and economic benefits.
Trent Lakes started its program last year. North Kawartha’s program is in its fourth year, and re-inspections will start on the north side of Ston(e)y Lake next summer.
Both Douro-Dummer and Selwyn are setting up and publicizing programs this year. Re-inspections will start in 2018 and will be mandatory for property owners.
These programs will be managed by Peterborough Public Health (PPH), as in Trent Lakes. We hope that waterfront properties will be given priority.
At the end of February, our septic team facilitated an information-sharing workshop for the townships and PPH, and offered to work with the townships and lake associations to help inform lake residents about the up-coming re-inspections.
To learn more about the importance of good septic systems, the hazards posed by faulty ones, and tips on how to take good care of your system, click on Septic Systems on the menu bar.
For updates on the Township/PPH septic re-inspection programs, watch for information enclosed with your tax notices, or visit your Township’s web site.

Work continues on priority programs

Our Shoreline Evaluation and Restoration Program will continue this summer, with completion of the evaluations booked last summer.
Unfortunately, we are unable to invite more waterfront owners to participate in the program this season, because we do not have a shoreline consultant to carry out additional evaluations. We hope to resume this program in future years.
In the meantime, we are starting development work on a broader, more preventative approach to protecting natural shorelines. If you would like to help in this effort, please go to Contact Us and send us an email.
To learn more about the importance of natural shorelines to water quality and wildlife, please click on Shorelines.

 

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