We work overtime on your behalf meeting with governments officials in order to endure the flooding that happened on the lakes this spring doesn't happen again.
Have you met with local governments?
Yes, the Task Force has met with four Muskoka Townships, District of Muskoka Chair John Klinck, the Muskoka Watershed Council, Federal and Provincial MPs, the Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations (FOCA) and the most influential, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). At each of these meetings, we have raised our concerns and presented our recommended plan of action.
What is your request of the MNRF?
Lower water levels in Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph to the lower limits of their respective Normal Operating Zones by March 15th each year, until new acceptable Muskoka River Water Management Plan (MRWMP) is implemented.
Initiate a process to revise the MRWMP as soon as possible.
Allow the MLA to be one of the participating parties to create the new MRWMP.
What is the flood Damage Survey?
We circulated a survey in spring until May 31 designed for Muskoka (summer) residents to incorporate any damages estimates to their waterfront properties. In six weeks, we collected 1038 surveys.
Is there anything else I can do to support the MLA Water Level Task Force?
Yes, many of you will be attending your local road, bay or island association meetings, re-connecting with neighbours and your Muskoka friends over the summer. The MLA needs your support. We need a larger member base to have a stronger voice at Queen's Park and with the MNRF. Please encourage your friends and neighbours to join the MLA. It's not expensive and simple to join.
Also if you have pictures of structure or shoreline damage you would like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org