The next step in the District Municipality of Muskoka’s Causation Study for Bass Lake has now been released and is posted below. The material contains a link to the Terms of Reference which provide details on how the consultants are going to conduct the study and on the timing of the next steps to complete the work.
Ron Pearson, Kahshe and Bass Lake Steward
Thank you to everyone who has participated in the engagement and consultation opportunities offered as part of this causation study so far. The input and information you have provided has been valuable and has helped inform the development of the study’s Terms of Reference (TOR). The TOR has now been finalized and is posted to the Bass Lake project page at the following link: Bass Lake Terms of Reference
Next Steps in the Study:
- Data collection and field work will continue into the fall, after which the consultant will analyze the data to inform the study results and prepare recommendations.
- A stakeholder meeting will be scheduled where the study findings and recommendations will be presented, and you can ask questions and provide feedback, which will be considered in the final report.
- The timing of the stakeholder meeting may be affected by late fall blooms but is expected to take place in early 2022.
- After the stakeholder meeting, the final report will be prepared and presented to the District’s Community and Planning Services Committee.
A friendly reminder to continue to keep your eyes on the lake over the summer and fall seasons and report any sightings of potential blue-green algae blooms to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks’ Spills Action Centre at 1-866-663-8477.
If you have any additional data or information you would like to share with the consulting team, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be accepting submissions from lake stakeholders until October 31, 2021.
Planning Policy and Programs Coordinator
The District Municipality of Muskoka
Phone: (705) 645-6764 x4114