Residents can also complete a survey at engagemuskoka.ca.
Here’s how the District describes its process for the causation study:
“In order to protect one of Muskoka’s most valuable assets, the District undertakes a comprehensive water quality monitoring program each year. The data collected from this program is used to identify lakes that are considered vulnerable based on specific water quality indicators such as confirmed blue-green algae blooms or increasing phosphorus levels.
“When a lake is listed as vulnerable, one of the first steps outlined in the Muskoka Official Plan (MOP) is to initiate a waterbody-wide causation study to determine the causes and relative contributing factors to the identified water quality indicators.
“Although the overall framework for undertaking a causation study is outlined in the MOP, studies are to be tailored to respond to the unique situations and contexts of individual lakes. Additionally, because the causation study approach is a new methodology, the approach and process is best initiated through a pilot project. Every causation study undertaken will be evidence-based through the use of the best available science.
“The District of Muskoka has retained an environmental sciences consultant to undertake a Causation Study Pilot Project and Peninsula Lake has been selected to be studied first. Pending funding and other resources, the District plans to undertake causation studies for other vulnerable lakes, specifically Stewart Lake, Leonard Lake and Three Mile Lake over the next two years. The complete list of vulnerable lakes can be found in Schedule E2 of the MOP (PDF).
“To receive project updates and to stay informed of the outcomes of the Peninsula Lake Causation Study Pilot Project and future causation studies on vulnerable lakes in Muskoka, subscribe to the courtesy notice list by contacting Emily Crowder via email Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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