NPLA endorses CELA, OEN, OHI “Protecting Water for Future Generations” submission to Ontario Government

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Mar 082018

NPLA Director Marie Windover attended the recent WaterScape: Community Discussions on Protecting Water for Future Generations session in Peterborough, co-hosted by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Ontario Environment Network (OEN), and Ontario Headwaters Institute (OHI) in partnership with Peterborough GreenUP. It was one of six in-person sessions held across southern Ontario between February 6-22.

The in-person sessions had the following goals:

  • To educate and engage interested individuals and organizations about Ontario’s water protection policies, particularly in response to the Protecting Water for Future Generations proposal; and,
  • To listen to the community, whose observations informed the submission (see below).

At the session, feedback was sought on the following questions:

  1. Are the increased measures in the Greenbelt adequate to the need to protect water there?
  2. Are there other areas of the province where increased protection for water should be applied?
  3. Is the Province doing enough to protect water?

Your NPLA Board, along with over 50 other environmental and community groups, endorsed the joint CELA, OEN, and OHI submission to the Ontario Government regarding its proposal: Protecting Water for Future Generations: Growing the Greenbelt in the Outer Ring (EBR Registry Number: 013-1661).

The submission includes Seventeen (17) Recommendations:

Protecting Water for Future Generations submission


Requests your attention to the BLUE CANOE Event 2015

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May 222015
Blue Canoe

If you can find a spot in your publication or news, or/and on your website for this article we would really appreciate it.
You are also invited to attend this event promoting the effects of responsible management of the shores in and around Kawartha. We hope to see you there. Please make yourself known to me or one of our members.

Bring the family to the BLUE CANOE EVENT
Time 9:00 Am June 13th
Location: cottage 17 and 19 Fireroute 128
(very end of Riverside Drive Bobcaygeon)
Sponsored by the
North Pigeon Lake Ratepayers’ Association


Thanks to both the Municipality of Trent Lakes and the City of Kawartha Lakes the Blue Canoe paddles it’s way to the shores near Bobcaygeon. Many have been asking when is our turn to have this valuable program showcased in our area of north Pigeon Lake and now the answer is June 13th 2015!

The North Pigeon Lake Ratepayers’ Association is proud to sponsor this event as we feel the importance of the program should be shared with all property owners in the area. The Blue Canoe program will:

  • Demonstrate how each of us can impact the lake’s health
  • Show how we can keep Pigeon Lake Healthy
  • Make scientific data user friendly and actionable by all
  • Show us how to utilize the scientific data collected to our best advantage
  • Disseminate information and some tools that encourage landowners to improve and maintain our shorelines
  • Give us the tools to manage our shorelines better
  • Help us help ourselves to a healthy lake and thus a healthy local economy
  • Prove that a healthy lake equals a healthy economy

The program has been in operation for years and now it has been encouraged by our political leadership to come to Bobcaygeon. The event will be held on June 13th at the “Morton” cottage 19 Fire route 128 (the extension of Riverside Drive) starting at 9:00 AM. Parking is limited once on Fire Route so parking on Riverside might be best option if fire route 128 looks congested.

Water, coffee and tea provided courtesy of the NPLRA and all we ask is that you bring your own cup!

During and after the presentation there will be ample time to ask your specific questions, meet those who bring the “canoe” to our door and get to meet like minded residents.

For more information on the NPLRA go to and on the Blue Canoe Program go to

Thanks to Kawartha Conservation, the Municipality of Trent Lakes and the City o Kawartha Lakes for allowing the North Pigeon Lake Ratepayer’s Assn., to host such an event… and it’s free!

Springs in South Central Ontario 2009-2014

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Apr 292014
April 2, 2009

Kawartha Conservation sent us comparative spring satellite images of interest, confirming the kind of winter we had in the Kawartha Lakes/Quinte region 2014 compared to years past!

April 2, 2009

April 2, 2009

March 31, 2010

March 31, 2010

March 30, 2011

March 30, 2011

March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

April 4, 2013

April 4, 2013

March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014: Visual proof that this winter was long and bad!

Kawartha Conservation are a watershed-based, non-profit organization established in 1979 under the Ontario Conservation Authorities Act.

Their focus is outstanding water quality and quantity management, supported by healthy landscapes through planning, stewardship, and science. Check out their website: