A hot topic this year are the lake levels. Some are enjoying expanded beaches, but others are having trouble floating their boats. Some people are wondering if the lake levels are being tinkered with, but the truth is we have been experiencing a year long drought. Precipitation in Muskoka over the past 12 months is only 70% compared to the 30 year average, according to records collected at the Muskoka Airport.
Dear Chief Hernen:
A number of our members have brought to our attention proposed training exercises slated to take place at 76 Hunts Road in Chaffey ward. As taxpayers and residents under your protection we recognize both the value of realistic live fire training for firefighters and the lure of frugal opportunities for such training, however, we have some serious concerns arising from our previous experience several years ago at 77 Cottage Lane.
Update: We have received approval from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and a permit from the Ministry of Natural Resources to proceed with the in-water phase. This follows the previous MNR approval of the signage and on-shore replanting phase.
The bug counts have been completed for 2009 at site #2, Bear Island, east side, by a much focused group of participants.
We started the count at 9:30 am completed at 12:30pm. We surpassed the required number of 300 bugs to be identified by 200 plus.
I wish to thank all those who assisted in this annual task to insure the lake water quality is being maintained.
The L.W.R.A. thanks the following "bug counters", in no special order;
Hudson family, count them, four.