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22 Apr

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Don’t Miss The Earth Day Fun!


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.


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.

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18 Sep

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CUPPEL Project re Septic Systems



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.




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.



Upgrading Septic Systems

Septic system upgrade project


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.


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.



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12 Jun

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Does Your Septic Need A Tuneup?


The Town is Coming to look under your hood…


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:


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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