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12 Jun

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Celebrating CANADA 150 With A New Park!

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DREAMS DO COME TRUE! Coultice Park and Surrounding Protected Land are Proof 0f it!

A community park plus rare, fragile and disappearing plants identified on the protected surrounding land will now be valued and guarded. What a historic and unique  “win/win” deal for our community!

By Charlene Jones

Coultice Family at 2014- Coultice Park Dedication. Thank you Coultice Family

Community parks usually emerge from the pockets of developers, who designate a section of land for a park then build the community around it. In the unflagging manner of everything unique about Musselman’s Lake, our community grew prior to the perceived need for a park.

One of the perks that draws people to want to live here involves the casual friendliness. People enjoy walking and talking to each other. Dogs pant at the end of their leashes, children hang off their parents’ hands while parents’ smile at neighbors and friends as everyone enjoys their day.

Many of our neighborly encounters took place on the road and increasingly drivers honked to warn us. Soon the idea of a public park where children might play safely and adults chat comfortably became a need.

Rick Wigmore then President of the MLRA on left on Earth Day 2014  with then Councillor Phil Bannon. Thank you Phil and Rick.

True to the unusual geography we share the process of bringing the park to reality took many turns and twists, with dips and hills along the way. The vision for a community park stayed firm through three changes of government, seven years and much public input.

The first public meeting held in 2008 showed three different potential sites. The final choice was Coultice Park, formerly known as Wagon Wheel Ranch. That was the beginning.

The land formerly called Wagon Wheel Ranch used to be a horse riding stable and ranch spread over 150 acres of pristine land close by the Rouge River Hiking Trails. The property lies enclosed in Oak Ridges Moraine protective custody. Along with the stewardship of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, most of the land will remain protected.

That’s a good thing if you’ve a heart for ecology. Rare, fragile and disappearing plants identified on the site will now be valued and guarded.

Councillor Maurice Smith picked up where Phil Bannon left off to ensure the Coultice Park dream became a reality. Thank you Maurice Smith.

Coultice Park itself, 5 acres of land easily accessible off the Ninth Line offers what many voices at public meetings over seven years have requested: splash pad, washroom/change location, children’s playground, fitness equipment, and of course, the beauty of the land.

For all the many people Government officials, Residents’ association members, members of the public who have held the vision of a Park in our community and worked to bring it to completion, June 17th marks success: Congratulations! We have our Park!

 

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A Dream Come True…

$2 Million Allocated Toward Coultice Park
Coultice Park Design Update
Coultice Park Meeting
Park Meeting Brings Us A Step Closer
COMMUNITY PARK A STEP CLOSER
THE CLOSING DATE FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARK HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM DEC.19, 2013 to APRIL 3, 2014.
Talks with Canada Revenue Agency once more delay finalization of Community Park
On Tuesday February 26th Mayor and Council voted to extend the park agreement closing date to July 18th 2013.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With Another Update On The Park Plan.
Councillor Phil Bannon Updates Residents On Community Park
Councillor Bannon Provides The MLRA With The Most Recent Update On The Park Plan.
 Community Park Update
 “Acquisition of Parkland and Open Space-Community of Musselman’s Lake” “Approved”
 REALITY EXCEEDS THE DREAM
 WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE
 FANTASTIC NEWS!
 Another Step Closer
 Historic Meeting Trivialized by Stouffville Sun-Tribune
 Fantastic News!!!
Informational Meeting
 Town Meeting

27 May

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Please Check With The LSRCA First!

Rules and Regulations Regarding Shoreline Improvements Planning to make any changes or improvements to your shoreline? Please Check With The L.S.R.C.A. First

Planning to make any changes or improvements to your shoreline? Please check with the LSRCA first.

Past summers a few lake shore owners ran into issues by performing shore line work without permits. The MLRA has held discussions with the LSRCA. (Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority) concerning these resident difficulties. The LSRCA was asked for a clarification of the rules and regulations regarding shoreline improvements.

Please click on the link below or the LSRCA icon for more information

Lake Regulation re Shoreline Improvement (click here)

22 Apr

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Don’t Miss The Earth Day Fun!

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Join The Fun…meet your neighbours.

Earth Day 2016s

Earth Day Special Guests

Councillor Maurice Smith will be making important announcements about Coultice Park along with Brian Kemp from LSRCA.

LSRCA will be there with information regarding their LEAP program for fixing septic systems, that ARE being inspected this year by the Town of Stouffville.

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CLICK ON IMAGE for the LEAP Program website

Christa Sharp will also be doing: Aquatic Discoveries with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.  Come out and discover a whole new world of living things!  Learn more about bugs, nymphs, and many more creatures that live in the water and their importance in our environment.

Lunch (Chili & Corn) courtesy of United Soils for all those who help us Spring Clean The Community.

Related Links

Community Pulls Together On Earth Day

JOIN THE FUN…MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS

WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013

09 Mar

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Media Release – LSRCA

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Media Release
For Immediate Release

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 Warmer Temperatures Coming: Be Careful Around Waterways

Spring melt brings with it hazardous conditions

Newmarket, ON – March 4, 2016 – Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) is reminding residents of the dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and urge people to keep family and pets away from the edge of all waterways.

Spring is q
uickly approaching, with warmer temperatures expected this weekend and into next week. That means people will be looking forward to getting outdoors. Warmer temperatures, however, also bring rain, melting snow and ice, which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses. Slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water.

See more at:

www.lsrca.on.ca/news/2016/spring-safety.php#sthash.foB0lwoK.dpuf

 

 

18 Sep

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Control Unwanted Phosphorous and Pollution Entering Lake

The CUPPEL Project is an MLRA initiative to help Control Unwanted Phosphorous and Pollution Entering Lake. As part of that initiative we are sharing this information from the LSRCA about septic systems.

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Septic System Care

It is essential that septic waste water does not reach the surface or groundwater supplies, as it contains bacteria and viruses harmful to human health, as well as nutrients (e.g., phosphorus and nitrate) that promote algae and weed growth in the lake.

What You Can Do

  • If you are considering purchasing a home, have a trained professional look for indications of a failing septic system. If there is a problem, you may need to improve or upgrade the existing septic system.
  • Submit an application to your local municipal health unit before installing a septic system. Whether you or a licensed contractor does the work, a certificate of approval will be required to construct the system. Your septic system must pass a final inspection before you get a permit to use it.
  • Know the location of all the components of your septic system and keep heavy vehicles, large shrubs and trees away from these areas. Check the sludge level in your septic tank yearly and have a reputable contractor remove sludge and scum every three to five years, depending on how much the system is used.
  • Dispose of household chemicals properly, at a Household Hazardous Waste Depot. Do not pour them down the toilet or drain, as they can destroy the bacteria that help decompose septic.
  • Do not use food waste disposal systems, they contribute unnecessary solids and grease to your septic system.
  • Do not use toilets as garbage cans. Unnecessary solids reduce the efficiency of the system.
  • Septic systems enjoy a phosphorus-free lifestyle.
  • Do not use septic system additives to eliminate the need to periodically pump out the sludge.
  • Call your local health unit if you think you or your neighbour has a problem with a septic system. If you feel uncomfortable about reporting a neighbour, remember that it’s your water supply and your lake that is at risk.

www.lsrca.on.ca/how_to_help/action_guide/septic.php

 

Upgrading Septic Systems

Septic system upgrade project

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION

The purpose of this program is to help landowners through the process of repairing, upgrading or replacing faulty or malfunctioning septic systems in order to protect ground and surface water.

Funding

Any landowner within the Lake Simcoe watershed with a faulty septic system on their property may qualify for 50 per cent funding, $2,500 for a conventional system or $5,000 for an advanced system. Additional funds may be available from other environmental grant funding sources. LSRCA Stewardship Technicians will ensure that you are made aware of all the grant funding programs available to you.

www.lsrca.on.ca/leap/projects/septic.php

 

Related Links

Does Your Septic Need A Tuneup?
Leaking Septics
SLOW THE FLOW
CUPPEL Project – Phase One Complete

 

12 Jun

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Does Your Septic Need A Tuneup?

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The Town is Coming to look under your hood…

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CLICK ON IMAGE to view the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan

The Musselman’s Lake Residents Association has been busy looking into the potential ramifications of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan and here is what we know so far.  Under the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan there are amendments coming to the Building Code effective Jan 1, 2016.  These amendments will expand from their current requirements and make septic inspections mandatory for all properties within 100 meters of any waterway in the Lake Simcoe Watershed.  This means that if you live within 100 meters of Musselman’s Lake, your septic is going to be inspected!

This is great news for the health of the lake as failing septic systems are a leading cause of phosphorus loading in the watershed.  But, we know that this can put some people in a very difficult situation when they have to pay for a new system.

The MLRA was in a meeting with Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority earlier this week and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, or pipe in this case.

Environment Canada is increasing the funding available to the LEAP program and that means there is more government funding to help residents pay for the upgrades. In some cases they are willing to subsidize up to $7000.00!

The most important thing is that if you get caught in the mandatory inspection and found to be in violation, you are NOT eligible for grant monies.  The grant money is there as an incentive for people who are proactive in dealing with their systems.  

From Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority:

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CLICK ON IMAGE for the LEAP Program website

If your septic system is faulty, malfunctioning, or older than 20 years, you may be eligible for funding to repair, upgrade, or replace it through the Landowner Environmental Assistance Program (LEAP). This program aims at improving water quality and wildlife habitat within the Lake Simcoe watershed. This is accomplished by providing landowners with confidential and free site visits, technical advice and funding assistance for environmental projects on their land. LEAP is administered by Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and made possible by funding from municipal partners and the support of the York, Durham, and Simcoe chapters of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

 Find out more about the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority’s Landowner Environmental Assistance Program at www.lsrca.on.ca/leap or contact Jen Slykhuis, Stewardship Technician: j.slykhuis@lsrca.on.ca1-800-465-0437 x. 121.

The MLRA continue to look into the details of this, but time is of the essence.  Contact Jen and LSRCA and see what you need to do to take advantage of the money available to you now, before the Town comes to your door.

The MLRA is working closely with our Councillor Maurice Smith and will bring you more information as we learn more details of the inspection program.

 

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Planning Any Shoreline Improvements?

 

22 May

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Planning Any Shoreline Improvements?

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Please Check With The LSRCA First!

(Originally posted March 2014)

Rules and Regulations Regarding Shoreline Improvements Planning to make any changes or improvements to your shoreline? Please Check With The L.S.R.C.A. First

Planning to make any changes or improvements to your shoreline? Please check with the LSRCA first.

Past summers a few lake shore owners ran into issues by performing shore line work without permits. The MLRA has held discussions with the LSRCA. (Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority) concerning these resident difficulties. The LSRCA was asked for a clarification of the rules and regulations regarding shoreline improvements.

Lake Regulation re Shoreline Improvement (click here)

08 May

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LAB RESULTS ARE BACK

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Originally Posted August 2014. Due to misinformation being spread in the community we have reposted this valuable information.

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) Continues Study Of Musselman’s Lake

Annual Pattern of Mixing  Young, M. (2004). Thermal Stratification in Lakes. Baylor College of Medicine, Center For Educational Outreach.

Annual Pattern of Mixing
Young, M. (2004). Thermal Stratification in Lakes. Baylor College of Medicine, Center For Educational Outreach.

Brian Ginn, Liminologist, with The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority has been in contact with MLRA President, Rick Wigmore to inform us the lab results are in from water samples taken back in May. Musselman’s Lake’s water chemistry test came back ” normal”. Our beautiful Musselman’s Lake continues to shine even under the microscope of extensive studies and testing.

As part of the LSRCA continued study of Musselman’s Lake they were back on the Lake this week and took additional water samples to  help us further understand the complexities of the seasonal changes our Lake goes through. Brian Ginn will update us once he has these samples back from the lab.

RELATED LINKS
REMEMBER… “THE LAKE ISN’T A SWIMMING POOL”
GREAT NEWS! NO SERIOUS WATER QUALITY ISSUES WITH LAKE
NO WORRIES
WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

21 Aug

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LAB RESULTS ARE BACK

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Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) Continues Study Of Musselman’s Lake

Annual Pattern of Mixing  Young, M. (2004). Thermal Stratification in Lakes. Baylor College of Medicine, Center For Educational Outreach.

Annual Pattern of Mixing
Young, M. (2004). Thermal Stratification in Lakes. Baylor College of Medicine, Center For Educational Outreach.

Brian Ginn, Liminologist, with The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority has been in contact with MLRA President, Rick Wigmore to inform us the lab results are in from water samples taken back in May. Musselman’s Lake’s water chemistry test came back ” normal”. Our beautiful Musselman’s Lake continues to shine even under the microscope of extensive studies and testing.

As part of the LSRCA continued study of Musselman’s Lake they were back on the Lake this week and took additional water samples to  help us further understand the complexities of the seasonal changes our Lake goes through. Brian Ginn will update us once he has these samples back from the lab.

RELATED LINKS
REMEMBER… “THE LAKE ISN’T A SWIMMING POOL”
GREAT NEWS! NO SERIOUS WATER QUALITY ISSUES WITH LAKE
NO WORRIES
WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

10 Jul

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SLOW THE FLOW

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Lake Simcoe Region Conservation (LSRCA) Offers Environmental Grants For Your Property

Landowners take advantage of LEAP funding to upgrade your septic system, install a rain garden, plant trees or more! A wide variety of projects qualify. To find out more, attend a FREE workshop on July 29th at 7p.m. Ballantrae Community Centre, 5592 Aurora Road. RSVP to Lori McLean, 905-895-1281 x272, l.mclean@LSRCA.on.ca  |  www.lsrca.on.ca/leap

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