February 2010 Presidents Message

President’s Message – A Shoreline of Members


The Muskoka Lakes Association needs your help. 


We need your help to ensure sustainable, well-considered land use planning within the District of Muskoka.  We need your help to protect our lakes, streams and rivers.  We need your help to recruit a shoreline of MLA members dedicated to protecting the Muskoka we know and love.


Before we talk about how we can work together to achieve these goals, let’s take a look at a few highlights of what we accomplished in 2009 and what we have planned for 2010:


Sustainable planning and development


On the strength of its in-house municipal planning expertise, the MLA provided municipalities with counsel on a wide range of planning and land use issues throughout 2009.  In 2010, the MLA will continue this work, while also providing expert planning testimony at an Ontario Municipal Board hearing related to the Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan Review.

Today, your association has a renewed, stronger-than-ever mandate to protect the interests of its membership by advocating for smart, sustainable land use planning throughout Muskoka.


Water quality and environment


The MLA enhanced its work to protect Muskoka’s water quality, testing for phosphorous and E. coli in lakes, bays and streams throughout Muskoka.  A full report on Muskoka’s water quality will be available shortly online here.


In 2009, cottage owners purchased and planted more 6,000 native seedlings at the MLA’s seedling day.  This helped reduce shoreline erosion and the amount of phosphorous entering our lakes, bays and streams.


This coming spring and summer, our water quality experts will implement a stewardship program that will educate, train, and provide financial support to cottage associations interested in joining the fight to improve water quality.


Marine safety


The MLA’s Marine Team promoted safety on the big three lakes, some smaller lakes and at other locations throughout Muskoka.  In 2009, the patrol visited more than 3,000 docks, promoting safe boating practices and the MLA’s conservation initiatives.  The MLA’s marine patrol was honoured as Canada Best Boating Safety Initiative by the Canadian Safe Boating Council.

In 2010, plans are in place to for the Marine Team to visit more than 5,000 docks.


How you can help…


The MLA’s mission is to promote the responsible use, enjoyment and conservation of the unique Muskoka environment.   But we can’t do it alone. 


Each year, new families have purchase cottages in Muskoka.  Many are unaware of the MLA, its objectives and how cottagers stand to benefit from the work the MLA does on our collective behalf.  We need your help to recruit these prospective members, and others, in support of our association’s efforts.


This spring and summer, I hope you’ll take every opportunity to speak to your friends and neighbours about the MLA and I hope you’ll encourage each of them to consider becoming members.




Brian McElwain


Muskoka Lakes Association (MLA)


Note: Your friends and neighbours can join the MLA by calling our office at 705-765-5723, or by clicking here.