New technology, methods, products discussed at Working Around Water

Update: Working Around Water event draws crowd

Update Posted April 2, 9am: As part of the Shoreline Stewardship program launched late last year, Muskoka Conservancy played host to a “Working Around Water” Symposium for professionals who work around water in Muskoka on Wednesday, March 26th at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bracebridge. The event brought together about 75 local professionals to hear about the new products and technology for working in and around shoreline properties.

The Shoreline Stewardship and Water Quality Program was launched in the fall of 2013 by Muskoka Conservancy and Muskoka Lakes Association. “This is a multifaceted program that combines community workshops, private landowner consultations, and outreach to local contractors and service providers”, says Kristie Virgoe, Executive Director of Muskoka Conservancy.

“This was a great opportunity for professionals to get together to discuss and share information about working along shorelines in Muskoka so they can continue in the great work they are doing”, says Jenn Head, Stewardship Coordinator. Presentations during this event included permitting agencies, Maccaferri Canada, Waterloo Biofilter and the Wildflower Farm.

“The Symposium is vital part of our program and we are already looking forward to this becoming an annual event” says Head, Stewardship Coordinator. “Participants in the event will have their businesses listed in our Landowner Services Guide that we will provide to every landowner we visit. In that way, we are helping landowners connect with the professionals that can help them improve and restore their natural shorelines”.

“Muskoka Conservancy is thrilled to be working with all areas of our community to help protect our natural features.  The takeaway message from this event is simple – Muskoka has a great listing of contractors and consultants that really care about Muskoka!  This event gave them an opportunity to learn about some new products and technologies as well as to hear what is new in permitting processes”, says Virgoe.

As part of the Shoreline Stewardship program, Muskoka Conservancy will be hosting landowner workshops throughout the year to reach seasonal and year round shoreline property owners. These presentations will include topics like shoreline erosion control, and tips to manage Canada Geese on your shoreline property. Please visit muskokaconservancy.org for a list of topics, dates and locations.

Original article follows.

A don’t miss symposium for those who do work on the shores of Muskoka Lakes; event in Bracebridge

Posted March 22, 11am: Muskoka Conservancy is offering a “Working Around Water” Symposium for professionals who work around water in Muskoka. The day-long event will bring together local professionals to hear about new products and technology for working in and around shoreline properties. Permitting agencies, Waterloo Biofilter, and Maccaferri Canada, will be among the presenters.

Waterloo Biofilter has developed solutions for on site waste-water treatment. Maccaferri is a world leader in innovative environmental solutions with extensive expertise in retaining wall systems (gabion, geogrid), reinforcement of steep slopes, embankments, drainage systems, rockfall protection, soil erosion protection and soil stabilization.

Wednesday’s event is part of the Shoreline Stewardship and Water Quality Program launched in the fall last year by Muskoka Conservancy and the Muskoka Lakes Association. “This is a multifaceted program that combines community workshops, private landowner consultations, and outreach to local contractors and service providers,” says Kristie Virgoe, Executive Director of Muskoka Conservancy.

Working Around Water Event Details

  • When: Wednesday, March 26, 8:30am – 4pm
  • Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, Bracebridge
  • Cost: 50 per person and includes lunch.
  • Register now by calling 705-645-7393 ext. 200 or email jhead@muskokaconservancy.org

Topics for the day will include erosion control, permitting and planning (new construction and improvements), septic technology, site planning, and landscaping.

“This isn’t a training event,” says Jenn Head, Stewardship Coordinator, “it is an opportunity to share information and to hear about some of the new technologies that will help Muskoka landscapers, builders, and contractors in the great work they are doing.” Additional landowner workshops are offered throughout the year to reach seasonal and year round shoreline property owners.

Businesses get listing in Landowner Services Guide
“This Symposium is vital part of our program,” she says. “Participants in the event will have their businesses listed in our Landowner Services Guide that we can provide to every landowner we visit. In that way, we are helping landowners connect with the professionals that can help them improve and restore their shorelines.”

For more information and to register for Working Around Water, please contact 705-645-7393 ext. 200 or email jhead@muskokaconservancy.org

To know more about the Muskoka Conservancy visit www.muskokaconservancy.org/events or call 705-645-7393.

Please share a link to this article with anyone you know who works on and around the water in Muskoka.

Other events coming up in April from the Muskoka Conservancy include Canada Geese Shoreline Stewardship Workshop on April 2 and Flooding and Naturalizatin Shoreline Stewardship Workshop on April 9.

About the Muskoka Conservancy
For over 25 years, the Muskoka Conservancy (formerly the Muskoka Heritage Foundation and Trust) provides comprehensive environmental stewardship and outreach programs. The first property was donated 23 years ago and the Muskoka Conservancy has been protecting the regions’ natural spaces ever since. Today, the organization protects a total of 32 properties totaling over 1,800 acres of sensitive wetlands, forests, rock barrens, and shorelines. With over 200 active volunteers, the organization keeps its operation costs low and dedicates most resources to stewardship projects, land conservation, and community outreach. Muskoka Conservancy believes in working with community to build and support a vibrant Muskoka that honours the natural environment and the traditions of the area.

OTHER EVENTS FOCUSING ON OUR ENVIRONMENT THIS SPRING:

Science Matters, April 3, a presentation about science and how it is shaping our future by former astronaut and present MP Marc Garneau, Rene Caisse Theatre, Bracebridge. To buy tickets, click here

Muskoka Summit on the Environment – resolving the Dichotomy of Economy and Environment, May 8-9 and featuring keynote speaker, the renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman. To learn all about the summit, please click here.