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October 22, 2019 – For nearly 40 years, Kawartha Conservation has been focused on protecting the people, property and environment within the Kawartha Watershed.

Kawartha Conservation will celebrate its 40th year with a number of activities beginning on Wednesday, October 23 with First Nations storytelling and drumming circle with Jake Charles from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“Join Jake Charles of First Nation Cultural Tours to learn about some of the traditions of First Nations People.,” said Kristie Virgoe, Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands. “Jake will share stories and information about the history and tradition of the Original People of this land.  He will bring an educational show and tell session and lead an educational camp drumming circle around a campfire under the evening sky.”

On Thursday, October 24, there will be a formal celebration at the Kawartha Conservation Administrative Office from 3:30 to 5 p.m. followed by a Public Open House on Friday, October 25 and free Forest Therapy Walk on Saturday, October 26.

“The Open House on Friday will be a great opportunity for the public to come in and talk with our staff, see the tools and the work that goes into the lake management science, flow and water level monitoring, and a lot of the areas the public generally doesn’t get to see,” explained Emma Collyer, Director, Integrated Watershed Management.

The Open House will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and feature a variety of displays and demonstrations.

There will be a display of two areas of areas of Integrated Watershed Management field measurements – real time water chemistry measurements using the YSI ProDSS Probe, and a live sample of aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates. There will also be tours of the new ‘rain garden’ and ‘xeric garden’ site construction with the help of Central Senior Grade 7/8 students at Ken Reid Conservation Area. As well, there will be Stewardship staff on hand to talk about property management issues and share information about resources that community members can access to help with their land management initiatives.

Visitors will also get to see the submissions and winner of the elementary school conservation poster contest.

“We have had some wonderful submissions by some classes, and it is really great to see the level of passion and caring and appreciation for our environment from such a young audience,” said Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist.

Kawartha Conservation’s 40th anniversary is an opportunity to pull back the curtain on the work the conservation authority does and share with the public the many different dimensions of the organization they might not otherwise get to see, explained CAO Mark Majchrowski.  “Some people may only know us for planning or permitting, for our off-leash dog park, or Nature Camps; this is an opportunity to see other sides of our organization.

“For 40 years Kawartha Conservation and its staff have been focused on supporting and protecting the people and property within the Kawartha watershed,” Mr. Majchrowski explained. “We are an organization that is focused on providing exemplary customer service and promoting community sustainability and economic investment by supporting environmental sound planning and development,” he added. “At our core is supporting people. Our programs help connect people to nature, protect the public and their property from flood prone areas, protect the environment, protect drinking water sources, and help protect our lakes, rivers and streams through stewardship, planning and conservation-based programs.”

Kawartha Lakes Mayor and Vice-Chair of the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors, Andy Letham, noted Kawartha Conservation’s important role in supporting the environment and people, through waterfront, urban, rural and agricultural-based programming.

“In celebrating 40 years with Kawartha Conservation, we are recognizing the important role this organization has played in our community over the past four decades” stated Mr. Letham. “With 95% of Ontario’s population living in a watershed managed by a Conservation Authority, it’s important to acknowledge how their services help balance human, environmental and economic needs across our municipality.”

Ted Smith, Chair of the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors said for him, it is the passion of the staff at Kawartha Conservation for helping the community and the environment that resonates with him the most.

“Being Chair of the Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors has provided me with a unique insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes at Kawartha Conservation,” said Mr. Smith. “I have always been impressed with the passion, skill and dedication the staff have towards our environment, and to supporting the residents and businesses that reside within the Kawartha watershed.

“For 40 years, Kawartha Conservation and its staff have been at the heart of supporting our environment, clean water, natural areas, connecting people with nature, supporting best practices in our agricultural community and ensuring our children and grandchildren have an environmentally sustainable future ahead.”

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January 12, 2018 – Kawartha Conservation has launched a new BlueScaping guide to assist property owners in undertaking projects to help beautify and enhance their properties while reducing stormwater runoff and helping to protect the environment.

“BlueScaping is about landscaping urban areas to manage stormwater on site,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark.  “As a part of our BlueScaping program, we have released the new guide as a free resource to help property owners. Landowners can download the guide from our website or come into our office and receive a hard copy.”

BlueScaping Our Neighbourhoods: Practical ways to slow, store, spread, and soak stormwater on your property in the Kawarthas is a guide to help landowners understand the environmental issues surrounding stormwater and how each of us plays an important in stormwater management.  It provides practical ideas to get you started on your own BlueScaping project.

“The Guide covers a range of topics including downspouts, water harvesting, better lawns, rain gardens, green roofs, native plants and more,” said Ms. Shipclark. “The BlueScaping Our Neighbourhoods Guide is a great resource for residents living across the Kawartha watershed and provides lots of great information on projects that can be undertaken to benefit property owners, communities and the environment – a win, win, win.”

Supporting the BlueScaping Our Neighbourhoods Guide, Kawartha Conservation staff hold workshops throughout the year where you can learn more about how to improve the function and appeal of your property, and enhance the qualities of your local watershed at the same time.

To learn more about BlueScaping or to download a free copy of the guide visit or visit Kawartha Conservation in person at 277 Kenrei Road in Lindsay.

For more information contact Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 705.328.2271 ext. 240.

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November 9, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation’s administration building at 277 Kenrei Road in Lindsay is now barrier free thanks to a $30,000 grant through the Workplace Accessibility Stream of the federal government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund.

Launched in late 2016, Kawartha Conservation was able to undertake the construction and installation of a fully accessible elevator, enhancing accessibility and safety for employees and the public.

The elevator, installed at the rear entrance of the administration building, provides service to both floors including the main entry foyer, eliminating the barrier of the stairs between floors, and also eliminates the need to exit the building to utilize the existing ramp.

“Our new elevator is a wonderful addition to our administrative building,” said Wanda Stephen, Director of Corporate Services. “It will help strengthen the capacity to recruit and hire talented individuals and volunteers of all abilities, while providing increased opportunities for all people, and enhanced accessibility to the community.”

The elevator project was completed earlier this year and was made fully operational in early November.

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August 30, 2017 – Kawartha Conservation’s education program will benefit from a $2,000 Trans Canada Pipeline grant, thanks to the Kawartha Conservation Foundation.

The Foundation was notified earlier this summer that a grant application to support the popular education program at Ken Reid Conservation Area was successful.

“We have a strong mandate to support the vision and mandate of Kawartha Conservation, by raising funds, promoting awareness, and engaging the community to restore and sustain a healthy environment for future generations,” said Foundation Board Chair Julia Taylor.

Since 1996, the Foundation, formerly Friends of Kawartha Conservation, has successfully contributed to the programs and projects of Kawartha Conservation. Vital support has been garnered for conservation lands infrastructure, shoreline naturalization, and community awareness and education through active fundraising and successful grant proposals.

“As our education program continues to grow, both through curriculum-based programs, as well as one day and multi-day summer camps, the additional funds and support of the Kawartha Conservation Foundation is invaluable,” said Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist.

“We are grateful to Trans Canada Pipeline for their generous grant,” continued Ms. Taylor. “Over the coming months we will be launching a number of fundraising initiatives and public awareness campaigns to draw increased visibility to the great work being done at Kawartha Conservation.”

To learn more about the education programs at Kawartha Conservation visit and to learn more about the Kawartha Conservation Foundation or how you can get involved, go to

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July 14, 2017 – Have you been thinking about how you can support the environment and conservation efforts in your own community? The Kawartha Conservation Foundation is seeking new members to join its board.

“The Foundation is a great organization that provides members the opportunity to support grassroots initiatives that help protect our environment,” explained Foundation Chair Julia Taylor. “We support the goals and mandate of Kawartha Conservation through community outreach, education, special projects, events and fundraising.”

With a growing emphasis on the impacts of climate change, more and more people are asking how they can help and what they can do to make a difference.

“Kawartha Lakes and the entire Kawartha watershed is a diverse and unique area given the vast number of lakes, the Oak Ridges Moraine, our proximity to the GTA as well as a large mix of urban, rural and agricultural areas,” said Ms. Taylor. “We have a number of environmental challenges but we also have tremendous opportunities.”

Ms. Taylor said those opportunities involve bringing together like-minded individuals as well as people with diverse backgrounds to develop a plan for reaching new audiences, engaging citizens of all ages, creating a comprehensive appreciation for nature and our natural environment and working to achieve common goals.

“We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area,” said Ms. Taylor. “We all have a responsibility to work together to help support our environment and to help protect it for future generations.

“The Kawartha Conservation Foundation provides an opportunity to work collaboratively bringing forward ideas that will help bring about real change in support of the mandate and strategic direction of Kawartha Conservation,” Ms. Taylor continued. “We welcome anyone who wants to be part of making a real difference in our community and across our watershed.”

People interested in learning more about the Kawartha Conservation Foundation or how to become a member can visit us Online at

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in outreach and fundraising, event organization, granting writing or corporate donations and philanthropy to get involved,” said Ms. Taylor. “Board members can put in as few as four hours a month up to around 15 hours a month, depending on their role with the foundation.”

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May 12, 2017 – Due to overwhelming popularity, Fleming College and Kawartha Conservation are adding a fifth week to the popular Nature Explorer Summer Camp for children aged 6 to 10 years old for August 28 to September 1.

“The response has been incredible,” said Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist. “The number of registrations and inquiries for this year’s summer camp series has been overwhelming.”

The week-long summer camps focus on fun, hands-on activities around environmental education and outdoor skills. Campers get to explore wildlife, get their hands dirty, participate in activities that teach outdoor skills, conduct water measurements and explore aquatic life, undertake experiments and much more.

“Campers are also going to work on different projects and crafts that they can take home at the end of a day and participate in a variety of games and physical activities like scavenger hunts and orienteering activities,” said Ms. Aspden.

Both August camps sold out quickly, with limited space still available for the July 17 to 21 camp.

“We heard from a number of parents who were interested in another August camp so we are offering a third Nature Explorer Summer Camp from August 28 to September 1,” said Ms. Aspden. “We have received a lot of positive feedback from parents and caregivers and we expect this final camp week to sell out quickly as well.”

The final camp week of summer will focus on birds, wilderness skills, wetlands, trees and nature art, aquatics and orienteering and map reading.

For more information on the Nature Explorer Summer Camp, visit or contact Nancy Aspden at 705-328-2271 Ext. 218 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your space before they’re gone.

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A FLOOD WARNING is still in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes as a large volume of water passes through the Trent River system. Flood Warning

DATE:    May 8, 2017
TIME:    12:00 pm             

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Environment Canada
•    Trent-Severn Waterway

Affected Municipalities:
•    City of Kawartha Lakes
•    Municipality of Trent Lakes

A FLOOD WATCH is cancelled for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction.
Rivers and streams within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction have peaked and returning to their channel banks. As no significant precipitation is forecast for this week, local watercourses will be coming back to their seasonal levels.
A FLOOD WARNING is still in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes. There is potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas as a large volume of water passes through the Trent River system.
Water levels in large Kawartha Lakes, including Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes are expected to keep increasing as northern tributaries, including the Burnt and Gull rivers, continue bringing high volumes of water into the Kawartha Lakes.
Trent Severn Waterway officials indicate that some upstream reservoir lakes have peaked and starting declining. Water levels on the Burnt River have crested yesterday and will be decreasing at a slow rate. The Gull River system is expected to continue flowing at the very high levels.
The TSW is reassessing the situation on a daily basis and are adjusting flows through water control structures to relieve pressure in the affected areas. There will be no changes to the dams in Rosedale and Buckhorn; flow through the Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon dams will be decreased marginally to reduce the rate of rise of water levels in the Tri-Lakes system (Pigeon-Upper Buckhorn-Chemong lakes).

Under these circumstances, all near shore areas should be considered extremely dangerous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from all water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Shorelines and banks are saturated, and may be slippery, and undercut. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

Municipalities are advised to monitor areas historically known for flooding and be prepared to respond to high water situations as they occur. Residents are advised to contact their municipalities should a flood threat develop. Local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies.

Shoreline residents are advised to take precautions to protect themselves and their property, to monitor water levels closely, and contact their local municipality should any threat of flooding develop.

Burnt and Gull River levels are monitored by staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). Residents along these two rivers are requested to direct any questions concerning water levels to the MNRF Minden office at 705-286-5207 or refer to the City of Kawartha Lakes website below for additional information: .

For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact

The Flood Warning-Kawartha Lakes will be in effect until Wednesday, May 10th 2017.  Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring water levels and watershed conditions and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes. If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.

Iryna Shulyarenko                                                                         Dave Pridham                    
Hydrologist                                                                                   Manager, Environmental and Technical Services

A Flood Warning is a notice issued when flooding is imminent or occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. It is the highest warning level.
Flood Forecasting services for the Burnt and Gull Rivers watersheds are provided by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minden Office (tel. 705-286-5207)

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Lindsay, ON – April 10, 2017 – Parents are encouraged to register early for the Nature Explorer Summer Camps, with the first of four one-week summer camps offered at Fleming College and Ken Reid Conservation Area already more than half-full.

The four, one-week camps offered in partnership between Fleming College and Kawartha Conservation will be held in July and August.

“There has been a lot of interest in the camps this year,” explained Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs at Kawartha Conservation. “We have a great program for kids aged 6 to 10 and we have been receiving a lot of calls from interested parents and caregivers.”

The week-long summer camps focus on fun, hands-on activities around environmental education and outdoor skills. Campers are going to explore wildlife, get their hands dirty, participate in activities that teach outdoor skills, conduct water measurements and explore aquatic life, undertake experiments and much more.

“Campers are also going to work on different projects and crafts that they can take home at the end of a day and participate in a variety of games and physical activities like scavenger hunts and orienteering activities,” said Ms. Aspden.

Week A camps will be held from July 17 to July 21 and August 21 to 25, while Week B camps will be held from July 24 to 28 and August 14 to August 18.

Week A camps will alternate between Fleming College and Ken Reid Conservation Area and focus on wildlife, habitats, aquatics, nature art and wilderness skills, while Week B camps will alternate between Ken Reid and Fleming College and focus on birds, rocks/minerals/soils, wetlands, climate change/weather/water cycle and wilderness skills.

For more information on the Nature Explorer Summer Camp, visit or contact Nancy Aspden at 705-328-2271 Ext. 218 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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March 29, 2017 – The Kawartha Conservation Board of Directors is pleased to announce Mark Majchrowski has accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer for Kawartha Conservation effective April 1.

Board Chair Ted Smith made the announcement Wednesday evening during the Kawartha Conservation Annual General Meeting in Port Perry.

“Mark is a natural and well-qualified choice to ensure the successful future of our organization,” said Mr. Smith during the announcement.

Mr. Majchrowski started his career with Kawartha Conservation in 1999 as a Biologist/GIS Specialist, progressing to Director, Integrated Watershed Management and Science. In the Director role, Mr. Majchrowski has been responsible for Kawartha Conservation’s technical programming, including planning and regulation services, Source Water Protection, science and monitoring programs, Lake Management Planning, floodplain mapping, stewardship services and conservation areas management.

“I would like to thank the Board for this opportunity and for their confidence and support,” said Mr. Majchrowski. “I am excited to be able to continue to work with such an incredibly talented and hard-working staff in my new capacity as CAO.”

Mr. Majchrowski added the strength of Kawartha Conservation comes from the many successful partnerships across the watershed and beyond.

“I am looking forward to continuing to build upon our strong municipal and educational partnerships and programs and working with all of our tireless volunteers who are dedicated and committed to supporting our environment and our communities,” he said.  

Mr. Majchrowski has a Hons. B.Sc., Physical Geography/Environmental Science Degree from Trent University and went on to complete a diploma in GIS – Applications Specialist at Sir Sandford Fleming College. He has also completed a Professional Management Certificate at University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt training and obtained an Ecological Land Classification Certificate from the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Mr. Majchrowski replaces Rob Messervey who retired in December.

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Lindsay, ON – March 21, 2017 – With Spring almost upon us, now is a great time for teachers in the Kawartha Watershed to book outdoor education sessions and classes for their students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Outdoor education classes and programs at Kawartha Conservation are an affordable way to bring students into a natural, outdoor setting where they get to experience hands-on learning in a fun environment.

Classes are all based on the Ontario education curriculum which provides teachers with an opportunity to book classes that directly relate to subject areas their students are already taking.

“The feedback we have received from teachers and students is great,” said Nancy Aspden, Coordinator, Environmental Programs/GIS Specialist. “At Ken Reid Conservation Area, our outdoor education classes bring learning to life and engage students in new, fun and meaningful ways.”

Classes range from science-based programs including water bugs, soil types, wetlands and plants, to environmental recreation programs including orienteering, and environmental art programs including environmental sculpting and nature photography.

“With more than a dozen different classes and sessions as part of our outdoor education program, there is definitely something for teachers and students in all ages and grades,” said Ms. Aspden.  “The Spring sessions fill up quickly, so we encourage teachers and schools to contact us early to ensure they get the day and session they want.”

To learn more about the classes offered view our Outdoor Education course descriptions at

For more information about the classes and to book your spring outdoor education class, contact Nancy Aspden at 705-328-2271 Ext. 218 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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