Shoreline Gardens Workshops – Aug & Sept 2018

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Jul 252018
 

Beautiful and biodiverse – Shoreline gardens are functional, fantastic and fun. They can be tailored to match your style, maintain your views, and increase privacy- and they will help to attract birds, bees, and wildlife, while deterring nuisance geese and invasive warm water fishes.  Naturalized shorelines also filter water.

Keep your lake clean and healthy for future generations with a native shoreline garden.

Walk away with custom designs and plant lists for your shoreline.

The Land Between is offering three more Shoreline Garden Workshops this year. Check their website for more details.

Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom

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Jul 062018
 

COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM JUDGES ARE IN TOWN ON JULY 11 AND 12.

WE’LL BE COMPETING AGAINST OTHER SMALL ONTARIO TOWNS IN THIS PRESTIGIOUS INITIATIVE. IT’S MORE THAN JUST FLOWERS! WE HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER IN ALL THE CATEGORIES JUDGED.

YOU CAN HELP BY MAKING SURE OUR LANDSCAPES AND STREET-SCAPES ARE ALL TIDY AND FREE OF DEBRIS. AND DON’T FORGET TO WAVE AS THE JUDGES AND TEAM TOUR OUR VIBRANT VILLAGE BY TROLLEY, FOOT, AND BOAT!

More information at the Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom Website

Kawartha Lakes calls on residents to help stop illegal dumping

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Mar 262018
 

City calls on residents to help stop illegal dumping

Kawartha Lakes – The City has become aware of two recent incidents involving large quantities of waste containing hazardous materials being illegally dumped on City roads.

“These types of illegal dumping incidents cost thousands of dollars to clean up,” explained Bryan Robinson, Director of Public Works. “We are asking residents with information to come forward so we can hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”

How you can help:

  • Report any illegally dumped waste by calling 705-324-9411
  • Report any suspicious activity such as trucks with large loads parking on back roads – especially at night, by calling Kawartha Lakes OPP at 705-324-6741, or Kawartha Lakes Police Service at 705-324-5252
  • If possible note the license plate number, type of vehicle, time of day and location when reporting suspicious activity
  • Require proof of disposal (such as tipping receipts from the landfill) when a contractor is disposing of waste on your behalf
  • Always dispose of your waste during curbside collection or at City landfill sites

Illegal dumping facts:

  • City of Kawartha Lakes tax payers end up paying the costs to clean up illegally dumped waste
  • Chemicals from illegal dump sites can contaminate wells and surface water
  • Dumped tires and mattresses can be infested with disease carrying mosquitos
  • Illegal dump sites attract rodents, insects and other vermin
  • Pets and wildlife near dump sites can be harmed by ingesting hazardous materials, injured by sharp objects and suffocate if they become stuck in the debris
  • Dump sites often contain broken glass, syringes, medical waste and toxic substances like asbestos
  • Illegal dumping prevents the natural runoff of water during heavy rain and can cause flooding and property damage
  • Illegal dumping sites are a fire hazard
  • Illegal dumping negatively impacts tourism and quality of life for residents

Illegal dumping is a crime. The City will continue to actively investigate and report all illegal dumping incidents.

Bobcaygeon area residents taking last stand against mega quarry

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Mar 192018
 

By Pamela Vanmeer – March 19, 20180114

KAWARTHA LAKES- “We are in a beautiful area and all of a sudden it will be gone,” Ruth Pillsworth says. “People don’t know unfortunately because we are a seasonal area a lot of people aren’t aware of the issue that when they come to the Bobcaygeon area it’s not going to be the same anymore.”

Pillsworth is one of about 11 residents who are in the middle of a “David and Goliath” battle to stop a mega quarry from coming to the area. The group who call themselves “Citizens for Responsible Aggregate Development” say the Dewdney Mountain Quarry will irrevocably change the Bobcaygeon area and not for the better. “Am I going to be wanting to fight the trucks, am I going to be wanting to go fishing, oh wait there may not be any fish left here.” Pillsworth says. Continue reading »

Flood Watch: City of Kawartha Lakes

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Feb 212018
 

 

Flood Watch

For road closures and other flood updates, please visit our Newsroom.

Heavy precipitation, combined with snowmelt and frozen ground conditions are resulting in significant runoff. Water levels in local rivers and streams are currently rapidly increasing and are expected to exceed their bankfull conditions in multiple locations. Smaller steams are responding faster, while it takes longer for larger watercourses to react.

Flooding in low lying areas, areas adjacent to streams and road ditches is anticipated. Roads overtopping have been reported in several locations. Ponding of water on urban surfaces may occur as storm sewer systems can become overwhelmed by high runoff or clogged with snow, ice and debris. Rapid deterioration of the ice cover on local rivers and streams has been observed.

Under these watershed conditions all local watercourses 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. Riverbanks are slippery and unsafe; ice cover where it exists is unstable and hazardous.  Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are closely watching this current situation and will be adjusting dam settings throughout the system when the situation warrants. Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are monitoring water levels of the Burnt and Gull rivers.

This Flood Watch will be in effect until Friday February 23, 2018.

Read this news update on our website

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