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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Gamiing to re-naturalize filtering wetland

            The Gamiing Nature Centre will be working this summer to remove invasive species from its share of the wetland that runs along the west shore of Pigeon Lake from near Lakeview Estates to south of Wispy Shores—including along the edge of Gamiing’s 100-acre property.

            The work, which will include replanting with native species, and building nesting platforms for the Trumpeter Swans, basking logs for Painted Turtles and breeding places for Blanding’s Turtles, will be supported by a grant from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund. A number of community groups and schools will also help do the work.

            Gamiing’s focus this year is on wetlands, which are under tremendous stress from development and recreational activities. It will be launching a major publicity campaign as well as offering education about the importance of wetlands for many birds and aquatic species—not to mention humans.

            Wetlands work like giant coffee filters to clean and purify water that runs into the lake from roads, agricultural lands and lakefront properties. They trap and hold nutrients that should not end up in the lake.

            Other Gamiing news includes:

  • A new year-round hiking club for 55 plussers who can sign up for programs tailored to their capacity and needs.
  • A new tepee to replace the old one, now on Grassy Trail with a beautiful view over Pigeon Lake. New programs and activities will take place there with a focus on native history, culture and heritage.
  • A new entrance, moved further east to the field where three large solar panels are located. It offers much more parking space, especially for busses. Signs will be placed to direct visitors to the various activity areas.
  • Revitalization of a large fire pit, including adding 10 to 15 benches to seat about 40 people to listen to story tellers or musicians.

            Check the website at www.gamiing.org.

The appellants to the Ontario Municipal Board who opposed the Dewdney Mountain Farms Quarry will provide up-to-date information and response to the recent OMB decision approving the quarry at a meeting on Valentine's Day.

Citizens for Responsible Aggregate Development (CFRAD) is sponsoring this meeting at the Bobcaygeon Service Centre (the City of Kawartha Lakes municipal building across the street from the Legion, on the corner of King and East Streets) at 9:30 am this Saturday, Feb. 14.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Nogies Creek Waterway Park—A dream coming true

By Glenna Burns

            The proposed Nogies Creek Waterway Park may be a “dream come true” for local residents who have been fighting the proposed Dewdney Mountain mega quarry adjacent to Nogies Creek for

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Could CKL become a Blue Dot Community?

By Glenna Burns

            City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham followed through, Jan. 20, on a promise he made to a Grade 3 class during the election campaign to bring the Blue Dot proposal on environmental rights to

By Glenna Burns

            Trent Lakes mayor Bev Matthews summed up the mood at the information session on the CDR Young Quarry at the Bobcaygeon Legion Hall Friday, Jan.16. “We hear about the fancy studies,” she said. “That does not mean a whole lot to us. We have had enough of quarries.”

            She added that quarry operators make all the money while the citizens are left to repair the damage.

            The meeting only addressed the hydrology report (commissioned by the quarry owners from Ross Campbell of Alpha Environmental Services, Aurora) for expansion of the quarry operation.

            If additional excavation below the water table is approved, the quarry site on Bass Lane, southeast of Little Silver Lake, will become an 86-acre lake or pond when excavation is completed in 60 to 80 years. The lake will be up to 19 metres deep, with a rehabilitation plan to create habitat for fish and wildlife.

            The quarry proposal is to mine it in three stages or “lifts.” So far the excavation is on the first lift, which has already been approved, and has not gone below the water table.

            Campbell acknowledged to the audience of about 48 people that hydrology can be a very uncertain science when it comes to predicting how much the water table can vary. The quarry will be pumping water all year at 247 litres per minute.

            Even though the site is on an MNR-protected-wetlands map showing Bass Lake and the Nogies Creek system, Campbell said he had no knowledge of this watershed.

            Audience members asked many pointed questions about increased blasting, more and earlier truck traffic, increased carbon emissions, crusher noise and dust, and general costs to the tourist industry and area. Most of these questions remained unanswered.

            The quarry team of Dennis Simmons and Don Young said that if the water runs out in nearby wells, they are not responsible to the municipality. It is up to the Ministry of Natural Resources to respond if a well goes dry. (In 2011, Simmons was fined $4,000 after pleading guilty to providing false information on annual compliance assessment reports for the Johnston limestone quarry in Galway Township, now part of Trent Lakes municipality.)

            Although, it was reported at the Jan. 6 Trent Lakes council meeting (and subsequently in The Promoter) that the information session would include a representative from the MNR, not just from the aggregate company, in fact no one attended from the ministry.

            Trent Lakes council was represented by Mayor Matthew and councillors Dick Persson and Peter Raymond. The City of Kawartha Lakes was represented by councillors Brian Junkin and Kathleen Seymour-Fagan.

            Junkin offered some timely advice: Contact your provincial and federal members, and try to create allies in those legislatures.

            Gamiing Nature Centre is hosting its annual Winterlude on Monday, Feb. 16, which is Family Day.

            All ages are welcome between 11 am and 4 pm for fun winter activities that will include

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

MNR public meeting on proposed Young quarry

By Glenna Burns

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the quarry people will address concerns about the proposed Young quarry on Bass Lane, at a public meeting at the Bobcaygeon Legion Branch 239 on Friday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 8 pm.  

 

            Students at Fleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences (SENRS) can further their learning at the Gamiing Nature Centre, thanks to a new agreement between the college and the centre, on the shores of Pigeon Lake between Bobcaygeon and Lindsay.

            The agreement formalizes field-based environmental restoration and rehabilitation activities at the Gamiing Nature Centre, to engage SENRS students and staff in projects that will also contribute to the centre.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

Invasive species go home, says government

           The federal Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans is proposing new regulations to help stop more aquatic invasive species coming into Canada—whether intentionally or unintentionally.

            The Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations aim to stop invasive species moving in from other countries, across provincial and territorial borders, and between ecosystems within a region. They will also give Canadian Border Service officers the ability to enforce prohibitions against import at the Canadian border.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

This rice is wild, man

            Wild rice, which has been a staple for Anishnaabe (Ojibwa) people in this area for centuries, is coming back to Pigeon Lake, thanks to careful cultivation and harvesting in their traditional territory by members of Curve Lake First Nation.

            In fact, it was the wild rice, or manomin, that brought Anne Taylor’s ancestors here originally. “Our prophets told us to travel west until we found a place wher food grew on the water,” said the Cutural Archivist for Curve Lake First Nation. That was the rice, and the place was the Great Lakes area, including what we now know as the Kawarthas—a name given by Curve Lake members.

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