2015 Water Quality Reports released

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Muskoka, ON – December 15, 2015 – The Muskoka Lakes Association (MLA) announced today that it has completed its Second Stage Water Quality Monitoring (SSWQM) study of Wallace Bay on Lake Rosseau, near the village of Minett, for the summer of 2015. As reported in a June 2, 2015 press release, the MLA and Ken Fowler Enterprises (KFE) conducted parallel and complementary scientific studies to better understand water quality readings in Wallace Bay as a result of elevated E.coli readings in 2013 and 2014.

The MLA’s objective with the SSWQM study of Wallace Bay was to confirm the extent and/or continued presence of the elevated E.coli levels observed in previous years so that appropriate actions could be planned for as necessary. The MLA’s results will be contained within the annual 2015 Water Quality Initiative Report which can be found on our website at www.mla.on.ca under the Water Quality tab.

The MLA SSWQM study results confirm that water quality has improved from previous years and show a marked decrease in E.coli. However, there is one location that requires further examination at a site at the mouth of the creek between the Clevelands House property and Wallace Marina. The E.coli count at this station was recorded just over the Provincial Water Quality Objective (PWQO) of 100 counts. The MLA has determined that it is important to further investigate why this location has elevated levels of E.coli. Elevated E.coli counts could be the result of proximity to upstream wetlands, heavy rainfall during testing periods, increased population of waterfowl, human impacts or a combination of various factors.

The objective of the KFE study was to further investigate any onshore stressors that may be impacting Wallace Bay. Building on the MLA findings from previous years and the current MLA SSWQM study KFE is in the process of finalizing its study which will be released shortly.

“Consistent with the MLA’s long-standing Water Quality Initiative, the association will continue surface water sampling in Wallace Bay in 2016 and will closely monitor results,” said Michael Hart, President, Muskoka Lakes Association. “We look forward to reviewing KFE’s report alongside our own to better understand the elevated E.coli readings in Wallace Bay.”

About the Muskoka Lakes Association:

With more than 2,200 members, the Muskoka Lakes Association is one of Canada’s oldest and largest associations of waterfront property owners. The MLA serves members and area residents in the municipalities of Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Muskoka Lakes and Seguin, Ontario – with an emphasis on protecting and promoting water quality, advocating for responsible spending and fair taxation, promoting responsible land use and providing leadership on important Muskoka issues. The association’s head office is located in Port Carling, Ontario.

About Ken Fowler Enterprises:

Ken Fowler Enterprises has interests in various properties in Minett including Clevelands House, Wallace Marine and the former Lakeside Lodge property. KFE’s principals are long time summer residents of Muskoka.