Designed to ensure the health of the Lake Simcoe Watershed is protected and restored for the benefit of current and future generations
A Lake Simcoe Climate Change Adaptation Strategy that was developed under the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan to ensure that the Lake’s watershed health is protected and restored for the benefit of current and future generations has been released by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
Many communities in the Lake Simcoe watershed are impacted by climate change. As the Earth’s climate warms, changing patterns of temperature, precipitation and wind are expected to impact all aspects of life in the watershed.
The strategy outlines things that people who live, work and vacation in the Lake Simcoe area can do to increase the resilience of the lake and its watershed to the impacts of climate change.
Work on adaptation in the Lake Simcoe watershed has already begun. For example in the Pefferlaw Creek / Uxbridge Brook subwatershed and the Beaver River, satellite imagery is being used to help determine how phosphorous moves across the land, how it will change with different climate change scenarios and how to adapt to these changes.
In Holland Marsh, installed water meters are helping farmers determine how to reduce their water use, lower production costs and implement low cost water treatment techniques in preparation for potential climate change impacts such as increased flooding and or drought events.
Since the implementation of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan in 2009 the health of the lake has improved and some native fish are showing signs of recovery. The plan takes a comprehensive approach to protect and restore the ecological health of the Lake Simcoe watershed, and to understand and mitigate the impacts of major ecological stressors, including climate change.The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy called for in the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan is to be considered a pilot project, with potential application to strategies for increasing the climate resilience of other watersheds.
Here is a link to the strategy:
If you would like more information, you can call 416-325-4000 or 1-800-565-4923, or go to the website: ontario.ca/environmentArticle courtesy of OMECC.
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