What is Environment Council and what does it do?

Andrew Arentowicz

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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Pilgrim’s Rest proposal raises concerns

On March 7, Peterborough County Planning Department posted a notice regarding proposed development of the Pilgrim’s Rest property in Hull Bay on Stoney Lake.

This property is on the north shore, on the west side of Jack’s Creek, adjacent to part of the Hull Bay-South Bay Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW) Complex.

The proposal is for a 30-lot vacant land condominium with common recreation areas in the existing beach, boat launch and dock areas (24-30 docks).

Environment Council immediately responded to the proposal and its supporting documents. We have requested further environmental impact assessment, including an update on significant new provincial policy and mapping relating to this proposal.

A key concern is the potential impact of increased boat traffic on Jack’s Creek and the PSW complex. Both are spawning areas for Muskie and Walleye, and provide habitat for a diversity of other fish and wildlife.

We are also concerned about the effectiveness of implementation, monitoring and enforcement of the mitigation measures proposed to offset human impacts on water quality, the shoreline, terrestrial wetlands and other habitat for wildlife, including Species at Risk.

A public meeting will be scheduled following the completion of the peer review process for the project.

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Septic re-inspection update

There’s good news and bad news about septic system re-inspection on our lakes.

 

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