Algae and Water Quality. Looking back to see the future

As mentioned in previous posts, cottage owners and cottage buyers want to know about water quality on lakes in Muskoka. Because water quality has a direct relationship to property value, and algae – particularly algal blooms – directly affect water quality, we all want to know as much as we can . I just completed … Continue reading Algae and Water Quality. Looking back to see the future

In Muskoka, the environment is the economy. For cottagers, protecting the Muskoka watershed, protects your investment.

This is the most important thing you can do today to help protect the Muskoka watershed which gives us all so much everyday! The Muskoka Watershed Council has launched an online campaign to bring the 2014 Watershed Report Card to life! This new user-friendly digital report card will provide information on water quality; phosphorus levels in your … Continue reading In Muskoka, the environment is the economy. For cottagers, protecting the Muskoka watershed, protects your investment.

Cottager’s questions about lake quality answered.

Last  Saturday I made a presentation on behalf of the Muskoka Watershed Council to the Sparrow Lake Association. The SLA was founded way back in 1926,  and is one of many lake/cottager’s associations throughout Muskoka and elsewhere. Sparrow Lake Association webpage. As always, there were a lot of questions at the end of the talk … Continue reading Cottager’s questions about lake quality answered.

Muskoka Lakes Association March NewsBites

We are almost there – part of the way through March. Lots of snow, ice and cold, but things will look very different in just a few weeks. Here from the Muskoka Lakes Association is the March NewsBites. Courtesy of the Muskoka Lakes Association Welcome to March 2015 NewsBites The MLA is pleased to inform our members that we … Continue reading Muskoka Lakes Association March NewsBites

Protect Your Muskoka Cottage Investment. Muskoka Lakes Association seedling sale; re-naturalize your shoreline this spring

The single most important thing you can do to protect the value of your Muskoka cottage waterfront property investment is to protect the water quality of your lake. One of the best ways to help sustain/improve water quality in your lake is to ensure you have a natural shoreline and a buffer zone; an area … Continue reading Protect Your Muskoka Cottage Investment. Muskoka Lakes Association seedling sale; re-naturalize your shoreline this spring

Signs of spring, or the health of your lake. What are you watching?

Many years ago my Grandmother won a contest with Toronto radio station CKEY (now long gone). I think you had to write in, and the best story about signs of spring won. The prize was a ride in the radio station’s traffic helicopter during a weekday rush hour.  Grannie’s story was something about the pussy … Continue reading Signs of spring, or the health of your lake. What are you watching?

Back to winter at a cottage in Muskoka

Up to Tasso Lake off Limberlost Rd. for a home (cottage) inspection early this morning. We had 12 degrees C yesterday, back to a more seasonal -12 degrees C tonight. But have a look at how beautiful Tasso Lake is on a winter morning before freeze-up. Tasso Lake, soon to ice over. Tasso Lake is … Continue reading Back to winter at a cottage in Muskoka

Our Lakes: How they have changed over the last 25 years.

I recorded this lecture by Dr. Michelle Palmer in July. One of the Muskoka Watershed Council lecture series. Our Lakes: How they have changed over the last 25 years. Dr. Michelle Palmer discusses how recent climatic warming, changes in acidic deposition, and human-related activities such as road salting and the accidental spread of invasive species … Continue reading Our Lakes: How they have changed over the last 25 years.

It’s not too late to catch the MWC lecture tonight.

Admission is by donation to the Muskoka Watershed Council. Just head for the Port Carling Community Centre at 7:00pm. Our Lakes: How they have changed over the last 25 years. Dr. Michelle Palmer will discuss how recent climatic warming, changes in acidic deposition, and human-related activities such as road salting and the accidental spread of … Continue reading It’s not too late to catch the MWC lecture tonight.