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Extreme Water Levels: Impacts and Strategies Webinar Series

The Georgian Bay Association is hosting a series of webinars about the extreme water levels which we have experienced in recent years.

The Georgian Bay Association (GBA) and Georgian Bay Forever’s Extreme Water Levels: Impacts and Strategies Webinar Series is a collection of webinars aimed at answering those questions, providing strategies to adapt your property and your budget, and raising awareness about the extremes and variabilities that will impact the ecosystem and your family’s enjoyment of your favourite place on the Bay.

Sign up on the Georgian Bay website here: https://georgianbay.ca/h20-2021/

Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 3:00 pm

The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) – Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook is in effect until Friday September 24, 2021. This message will affect residents within the NDMNRF Parry Sound District which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound and a north-west portion in the County of Haliburton.

For full details, see: https://kraa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/20210921_ParrySoundMuskoka_FloodOutlook.pdf

FIRE EQUIPMENT DISCOUNTS FOR KRAA FROM HOME HARDWARE AURORA!

THE KRAA FIRE AND SAFETY COMMITTEE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE INCREDIBLE DISCOUNTS FOR KRAA MEMBERS ON ESSENTIAL FIRE PREVENTION EQUIPMENT!!!

As an incentive for KRAA members to have the latest in essential fire protection equipment, Home Hardware Building Centre Aurora is offering KRAA members substantial discounts (in the range of 15-20%) on fire extinguishers, smoke and CO alarms etc. For example, a 1A fire extinguisher normally priced at $37.99, is being offered at $31.00.

Plus, Home Hardware Building Centre Aurora is giving discounts on many items on the Home Hardware website: www.homehardware.ca.

These incredible deals are being offered because Home Hardware Building Centre Aurora is owned and operated by Russ Barfitt, a KRAA member and PS-33 wildfire property survivor.

For those who can't easily get to Aurora, Russ is willing to bring smaller items up to the Key for delivery.

All told, this is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed.

So, have a look at your fire prevention needs, give Home Hardware Building Centre Aurora a call or email Russ (russbarfitt@rogers.com). Mention that you're a KRAA member (we're in their system), order your fire-fighting equipment – and, while you're at it, get whatever else you need.

Home Hardware Building Centre Aurora is located at 289 Wellington Street East, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 6H6.

Phone/text: (905) 727-4751. Fax: (905) 727-4813.

email: lumber@aurorahomehardware.ca.

September 12 Water Levels Report

This month outflows from Lake Superior into the St. Mary’s River are predicted to be below average, not above average as they have been for almost 3 years prior to the spring of 2021. This shows that, under Plan 2012 balancing, the flow into Lake Michigan-Huron continues to be reduced...

Read the full report at: https://georgianbay.ca/news/september-12-water-levels-report

GBA eUpdate

September, 2021By: Georgian Bay Association

Soak up the last rays of summer and our latest eUpdate.

In this edition:

Register Now for Our H20 2021 Webinar SeriesGBA is Seeking an Intern to Work on Coastal Protection ProjectsThe Decibel Coalition Needs Your Help!Election Questions to Ask Your Federal Candidates Ontario Introduces a New Online Tool for Reporting Spills and PollutionThank You Councillor Grant Walker for Over 30 Years of Service Citizen Science Shows How Loons are Faring in Canadian LakesCurrent Water Levels Report See: https://email.georgianbay.ca/t/i-951161C686FF7F1F2540EF23F30FEDED

New Online Tool for Reporting Spills and Pollution

September 9, 2021

The Ontario government has made it easier for the public to help protect the environment by introducing a new way to report spills and pollution incidents. In addition to the existing Spills Action Centre call line, which is available 24/7, the public now has a user-friendly online option to quickly report occurrences of illegal waste dumping, improper pesticide use, and pollution on land, in the water or air.

This new digital reporting system can be accessed via computer and smart phone and allows users to upload photos and videos so that quick action can be taken to mitigate potential environmental damages and keep our communities safe.

Need to report a spill? Please call 1-866-MOE-TIPS (663-8477) or use the online reporting tool here.

REMINDER – Upcoming Youth Fishing Derby this Sunday

We hope you will joint us this Sunday, August 1st at our annual Youth Fishing Derby! This is a community event that is open to all children 16 years of age and under. For more information click here .

REMINDER – Upcoming Kids Fishing Derby

Don't forget to join the KRAA community at our annual Youth Fishing Derby on Sunday, August 1st! This is a community event that is open to all children 16 years of age and under. For more information click here .

Poll on Great Lakes Water Quality by Rolfe Jones, GBA President

The International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board is seeking your input on issues related to the Great Lakes and water quality.This online poll explores opinions, values, and beliefs about the Great Lakes, as well as asking you about your concerns and suggestions for the future.Link to the poll: https://ijc.org/en/wqb/great-lakes-pollFor additional information: https://ijc.org/en/wqb/great-lakes-poll-infoor contact Raj Bejankiwar at: raj.bejankiwar@ijc.orgIt will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and all individual responses will be kept in strict confidence.Your opinions are important to the IJC, and both GBA and the IJC thank you in advance for your time and valuable input.

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Events

October 23

GBA/GBF Webinar: What’s Happening? What’s New?Location: Webinar - OnlineTime: 10:00 AM

The first of the "Extreme Water Levels: Impacts and Strategies" Webinar Series by the Georgian Bay Association (GBA) and Georgian Bay Forever (GBF), this webinar will focus on: 1. What's coming? Climate change impacts. Update on water levels, forecasts and impacts. 2. A report and update on "The Action Plan to Protect the Great Lakes (Action Plan 2030)" 3. Impacts to wetlands, flora and fauna. How adaptable are they? Register Here.

November 03

GBBR Webinar: Wildfire in the Georgian Bay BiosphereLocation: WebinarTime: 10:00 AM

The 2018 Key River wildfire burned over 11,000 hectares of the northern region of the Georgian Bay Biosphere including the French River Provincial Park. In this webinar, Professor Mike Waddington will share research by members of the McMaster Ecohydrology Lab on the impacts of the fire on the rock barrens ecosystems and habitat as well as an overview of the recovery of the landscape in the first three years following the fire. An overview of their research can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve-gbni1ghE This webinar will not be recorded. It will be offered again by the Parry Sound Nature Club on November 17th at 7:00pm. Register online here

November 13

GBA/GBF Webinar: Shorelines, Docks & Shoreline StructuresLocation: WebinarTime: 10:00 AM

The second of the "Extreme Water Levels: Impacts and Strategies" Webinar Series by the Georgian Bay Association (GBA) and Georgian Bay Forever (GBF), this webinar will focus on: Natural Coastal Processes: Naturalizing Shorelines - Hard vs. Soft. What to do (and not to do) on shorelines - what erosion impacts can we expect. Flooding - High Water Mark (Land/Water Interface). What to do about shoreline cabins, sheds, docks, and boathouses. How should they be reconfigured (raised or moved)? What are the impacts/regulations? Should the municipal high water level mark be changed? Storms, waves and wakes. What can we expect from higher wind strengths and more frequent and intense storms increasing wave action? What can be done to reduce harmful boat wakes? Coastal infrastructure - (also more in webinar 3). What are the impacts on municipal infrastructure, shoreline businesses (including marinas) contractors, and other services - of extreme high and low water levels? How can those impacted adopt? Register Online

December 04

GBA/GBF Webinar: Impacts to Infrastructure. Septics – Insurance – BusinessesLocation: Webinar - OnlineTime: 10:00 AM

The third and last of the "Extreme Water Levels: Impacts and Strategies" Webinar Series by the Georgian Bay Association (GBA) and Georgian Bay Forever (GBF), this webinar will focus on: 1. Septic Systems. How vulnerable is your septic system? What are the options to resolve septic issues? 2. Potable Water. What are the potential impacts on potable water in high and low water events? 3. Insurance and Planning. What are the potential impacts on property insurance? The benefits of long-term planning verse short term solutions. 4. Coastal Infrastructure Continued. What are the impacts on municipal infrastructure, shoreline businesses (including marinas), contractors, and other services of extreme high and low water levels? How can those impacted adapt? Register Online

December 07

GBBR Webinar: The 13 MoonsLocation: WebinarTime: 10:00 AM

The Georgian Bay Biosphere welcomes back Waabkaniikwe for a cultural learning experience about the 13 Moons. Within Nishinaabe belief, there are 13 moons that are honoured. Each moon offers a time to reflect, look forward and guide our life. There will be an optional follow up discussion for participants to reflect on this learning on Friday December 10th, 10:00am. Register online here.

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