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Annual meeting confirms lake health isn’t determined by phosphorus alone.


At its 69th Annual General Meeting, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority board members and guests heard from Dr. Brian Ginn, LSRCA’s Lake Doctor, about the latest research on the health of Lake Simcoe and its watershed. Chief Administrative Officer, Mike Walters, also spoke about the Authority’s priorities as the new decade begins.

Dr. Ginn explained that more frequent and intense rainfall events in summer and winter, and invasive species, are having a significant impact on phosphorus and oxygen levels in the Lake. He said climate change is the primary reason behind the higher than normal phosphorus load in the 2017 hydrologic year.

CAO Mike Walters identified the Authority’s priority actions for 2020, including implementation of its recently completed climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, which are soon to be released. The meeting also featured a short video outlining the Authority’s 2019 achievements and showcased its 2019 annual report.

York Region Chairman Wayne Emmerson was re-elected to his position of Chair. Bradford Councillor Peter Ferragine was newly elected as Vice Chair, a position that remained vacant after the passing of Councillor Scott Macpherson in November 2019.

Chair Emmerson thanked board members for their confidence in him, noting that he looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Authority and provincial government to ensure a resilient watershed in the face of climate change.

Councillor Peter Ferragine expressed his excitement about the new role as Vice Chair and spoke about his hopes to use it as an opportunity to pursue the much-needed support to build a new Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek.

To read a copy of LSRCA’s 2019 Annual Report, or to view the video summary, please visit:

Article and image courtesy of Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority



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