Ready, set, focus. . .

Environment Council is pleased to announce the launch of its inaugural Photo Contest!





[Capture the Lake That You Love]

Contest Deadline: August 3rd, 2018


For full contest rules and to meet our judges, click here.


Who we are

Andrew Arentowicz

Environment Council is an all-volunteer group dedicated to preserving and enhancing the special features and sustainability of the Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lake watershed environment.

We are working to protect the lake ecosystem and water quality by protecting remaining wetlands, natural shorelines, woodlands and wildlife habitat, and by promoting naturalization of altered shorelines.

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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.

(Note: Depending on your web browser, the following links may open in a new window or download to your PC.)

Click here to see our complete submission.

Click the next 2 links to see maps of the area


Provincial Natural Heritage System


Septic re-inspection update

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


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