Emerald Ash Borers are in our neck of the woods!

 

Image of the Emeral Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer

As you may or may not know, the Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that has been recently confirmed in the Kawartha Lakes.  One of the speakers at our Environment Meeting this summer discussed these very damaging pests and we should all be aware of the threat they pose to our forest.  They attack only Ash trees but they have a 100% kill rate.  

You can tell if you have them by looking for D shaped holes in the bark (where they exit once larvae have matured) and new branches growing near the bottom of the trunk.  The trees can not be saved as they do not recover from the damage done by the larvae eating the wood under the bark. 

In order to manage them as well as possible, moving Ash products (fire wood, chips, etc,) is forbidden, and once you find a tree on your property that is affected, it must be cut down and all of the wood burned.  

Please click on the links below to educate yourselves further and check your property for Ash trees with signs of infestation.

Notification from CoKL that EAB has been confirmed in our area

How to identify Ash trees

Information about the EAB problem

Images of the Emerald Ash Borers 

Further information about the EAB problem

 

Environmental Meeting – This Saturday!!

Saturday July 20nd 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon   Sturgeon Point Church

SPA is hosting the third annual Environment Information Session to present topics we think will be of interest to the residents of Sturgeon Point.  The Kawartha Lakes has a diverse environment from the Canadian Shield to the St Lawrence Lowlands, “The Land Between”, and the quality of this environment is of major importance to us all.  This session will feature the following guest speakers and topics

Mr David Pridham  Kawartha Lakes Conservation  Up-date on the Sturgeon Lake Management Plan

            This is a very ambitious program to document the lake and near-shore characteristics and to develop recommendations that will guide land-use planning in the area.

Ms Samantha Burke  Graduate student Trent University  Benthic macro invertebrates as indicators of water quality plus a brief introduction to the Kawartha Lakes Steward Association document ‘The Algae of the Kawartha Lakes’

            Copies of the ‘The Algae of the Kawartha Lakes’ will be available at the Session.

Samantha will describe how studying the critters in the water tells us a lot about the health of the lake.  There will be a quiz at the end to see how many know what Benthic macro invertebrates are.  Hint  GOOGLE it

Chris Appleton  Treasurer of Kawartha Lakes Steward Association and Resident of Sturgeon Point Outline of the Objectives and Activities of the Kawartha Lakes Steward Association (KLSA)

            KLSA is involved in many interesting environmental studies and programs, such as the Sturgeon Lake Management Plan and is a valuable source of information on the issues and health of our local environment.  

Lucas Tyukodi  Invasive Species Community Outreach Liaison – Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters  Discussion of invasive animals and plants: Rusty Crayfish, Round Goby, Garlic Mustard and Emerald Ash Borer.

Blue-Green Algae – Get to Know its True Colours

The article below was published by The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit: 

GET TO KNOW ITS TRUE COLOURS
– Season For Blue-Green Algae Arrives, Bringing Reminder to Beware – and Be Aware – of Potential Risks to Public Health –

People who swim, drink and use water from area lakes are being reminded to be on the lookout for blue-green algae (BGA), and to change their habits accordingly if they detect it.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is encouraging residents, cottagers and visitors who use area lakes and waterways to educate themselves about BGA to reduce their potential health risk. In the past few summers, BGA has surfaced in local lakes, particularly in shallow, still water and during extremely warm temperatures.

“Reports of blue-green algae in our region have been more common in the summer months, so it is important to beware of the risks associated with BGA and be aware of what to look for in the water,” says Richard Ovcharovich, Manager of Environmental Health with the HKPR District Health Unit.

BGA, also known as cyanobacteria, are primitive microscopic organisms that occur naturally in lakes, bays and inlets around the world. Normally, the algae are barely visible, but during warm weather the algae can rapidly increase in shallow, still waters to form a large mass called a bloom. Dense blue-green algae blooms can make the water look like a bluish-green pea soup, or a shiny paint slick. Most algae blooms are short-lived and will break down in a few days or weeks.

While many forms of blue-green algae are harmless, some forms produce toxins that can be harmful to humans and animals. This means that any exposure to the water, be it drinking, swimming, bathing, cooking or washing, can lead to health problems. The extent of how sick people can get depends on the type of BGA and how long they are exposed to the toxins, Ovcharovich says.

“If you see or detect serious signs of blue-green algae in a lake or local waterway, avoid using the water at all costs,” he says. “Boiling the water won’t help either, as this kills the algae resulting in the release of more toxins into the water.”

The Health Unit is helping raise awareness about BGA through an information campaign called Blue-Green Algae: Get to Know Its True Colours. The goal is to help people who use area lakes recognize BGA and take appropriate precautions.

City of Kawartha Lakes Secondary Plan

At our AGM, Lance Sherk, Director of Economic Development,  talked about the Secondary Plan that was being developed for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

7 Policy Papers have been developed so far in the process:

Below is the announcement the CoKL made about the Secondary Plan process:

City of Kawartha Lakes Community Based
Secondary Plans for Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee and Woodville
Notice of Project Launch

The City of Kawartha Lakes is studying the long-term growth and development of five settlement areas: Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee and Woodville. The study and resulting Secondary Plans are being undertaken in accordance with the Planning Act of Ontario.

The City of Kawartha Lakes continues to experience significant growth in year-round and seasonal population. The City wishes to ensure that continued growth in the five settlement areas is managed in a sustainable way that recognizes the integrity and unique aspects of each community. The Community Based approach will involve stakeholders and explore visions and options for future development.

Public and agency comments will be incorporated into the study and resulting Secondary Plans. There will be numerous opportunities for public involvement which will be advertised in the future.

In the interim, further information can be found at www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca or contact Michael Benner at mbenner@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca, 705-324-9411 x1330 or Paddy Kennedy at pkennedy@dillon.ca, 416-229-4647 x2394.

Michael Benner, MCIP RPP
Manager of Policy Planning
Development Services – Planning Services
City of Kawartha Lakes
180 Kent St. W., Lindsay ON K9V 2Y6

More information can be found at:  http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/planning-building/secondary-plans

As more public hearings are scheduled, we will try to notify people about it.