Resort Designation.

 

Muskoka District Official Plan:

 Resort Designation.

Make your voice heard.

1) Attend the second public meeting to be held as part of the Muskoka Official Plan Review project on Thursday, November 23 at 9am at the District office in Bracebridge.

The District welcomes all stakeholders to attend the meeting and requests that you RSVP to pedinfo@muskoka.on.ca should you plan on attending so that they can ensure that space is available to accommodate everyone.  If you are unable to attend the public meeting in person, it will be webcast to allow the proceedings to be followed online – www.muskoka/webcasts.  Alternatively, you may submit written comments to the District of Muskoka or fill out an online comment form.

2) Sign the petition to Save Muskoka < https://www.change.org/p/save-muskoka-lakes-from-overdevelo…>
3) Write your Muskoka Council and make your concerns known. < http://www.muskokalakes.ca/node/33>
4) Spread the word. Talk to your friends and neighbors, repost on Facebook, visit savemuskoka.ca

Make your voice heard.

Sailors Take Warning

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RAINFALL

COPY from MLA  below..

We are caring and cleaning whats left of our  outlet Bafflers but hard to keep up with this massive amount of rainfall.. one rain here seems to have the potential of increasing the level vertically about 5″ this last one and previous 14″.  This also stores a lot of ground water that needs to bleed off..

For some of us that relates to 6 to 12 feet up our shore.  Many trees, the lakes last line of defence , have been under water for 5 months.   Boat houses are barely out of the water  if not under or inaccessible.

Here is a partial statement from MNRF

Earlier today the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNF) issued a
Watershed Conditions Statement -Water Safety for Muskoka.   High water
levels and flow conditions are expected following the precipitation events
that have moved through the area.

Please keep a close watch on conditions and check regularly for updates.
Exercise caution around water bodies as flows and levels remain high.
MNRF also advises extreme caution on forest roads as some are inundated
with water, prone to washouts or impassible.

The full statement from MNRF can be found here.

HIGH WATER….Lost Water Toys

Canoe found and is sitting in the North East Bay

If you were not up on the weekend to see it….we have exceptionally high damaging water levels going on due to excessive rain.

I would guess early May levels so check your properties.

I am not sure if shoreline trees (the lakes last line of health deference) have every been dry this year… they can usually last about 5 months +/- underwater before damage starts.

We leaned this fact from one of our scientific speakers at our AGM a few years ago.

See THREE pictures below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fireworks, Fires and Bears

Recently received this update from:

Lisa Noonan  General Manager Muskoka Lakes Association

Leading up to the long weekend we thought we would let you know about the current fire ratings in Muskoka.

Fire ratings in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Township of Muskoka Lakes are now at high.  The Township of Seguin’s rating is set to Extreme.  Unfortunately, this means that fireworks will not be permitted this weekend in any of those areas.  Campfires are allowed when the rating is set at High as it is in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Township of Muskoka Lakes.  Campfires are not allowed in Seguin as their rating is set to Extreme.

For the current fire safety ratings in the District of Muskoka, please call 1-705-687-8977 or toll free at 1-877-847-1577, or visit the Forest Fire Danger Rating map for Ontario.

In addition:

Daniela received a call from Steve Fitz Morris,  he lives at Falkenberg and Hewlett,  that there is a bear roaming around and that the animal was at Butler at the Evans cottage.

Bears have also been spotted on Brandy Crest Road

 

 

High Water Warning

Hello..we recently revived this Muskoka update from Lisa Noonan  General Manager MLA.

Brandy Lake was at it normal spring high a week ago but since the freeze it stopped rising.  The Brandy Lake exit to Muskoka is showing high fast water at this time.

We are …guessing …when it thaws there is a possibility it may come up again.   Many of us flat landers experience about 20 to 30′ up our shores for a short period.

The picture is March 26 2016

The Story

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry issued the following flood watch yesterday:

The Ministry of Natural Resources – Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a Flood Watch is in effect for all watersheds within the District which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound and a north-west portion in the County of Haliburton.

Water levels and flows in local lakes and rivers are expected to rise following significant rainfall forecasted across the area beginning Sunday evening.

It is expected that lower-lying portions of known flood-prone roads along river courses may be impacted to various degrees as river levels rise.

Flows in the North Branch Muskoka River within the Town of Bracebridge are expected to surpass early flood-watch levels and to continue to rise over the next few days. Flow in the South Branch Muskoka River is also expected to climb above early watch levels if the forecasted rain materializes.

Flows out of Lake Muskoka into the Bala Reach will surpass early watch levels of 200cms within the next 24 hours.

Water levels in all area lakes, rivers and streams are expected to rise to or above typical spring levels over the next week.

Residents affected by high water conditions in the past should take necessary action to secure any vulnerable property in close proximity to rivers and lakes and closely monitor developing conditions.

Residents and those visiting the area are advised to be aware of current watershed conditions, exercise caution while around waterbodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets.

MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

Description of Weather System

A rainfall warning issued by Environment Canada is in effect for most areas within Parry Sound District. Environment Canada is currently forecasting 30 to 50mm of rain beginning Sunday evening and ending Monday afternoon. Temperatures are forecasted to reach a high of 11 degrees Celsius Sunday and falling to minus 1 degree by Monday afternoon.

Description of Current Conditions

Lake levels and river flows have dropped or remained stable over the past week with cooler weather. The local snow pack still contains between an estimated 20-75mm of water content that has been melting very slowly over the past three weeks. It is expected that the forecasted rain will cause an increased rate of rise in lake levels and river flows over the next few days as melting of the snow pack accelerates with forecasted rainfall.

During this time of year we can expect higher and faster flowing water in most watercourses. Slippery and unstable banks and extremely cold water temperatures can lead to very hazardous conditions around any water body.

March 27 - 16

Boating

We are constantly looking  for ways to improve enjoyment on Brandy Lake by getting  common sense boat operator decisions out there.   New signs at the boat launch are easily visible for others as well.

Also….many of us have switched to four-stroke engines and some to the new two-stroke models that are incredibly efficient with exhaust emissions.    All steps in the right direction..

Many thanks to the following for help and providing the signs and installs.

Safe Quiet Lakes headed up by our own Jane Evans is one of the few entities that is actually doing something.

Township of Muskoka Lakes

MLA ..sign supplied by Lisa  Noonan

Boat Launch Safe Quiet

 

 

 

 

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