The Ripple Series: Diving Deeper into Integrated Watershed Management in Muskoka

Collectively termed "Making Waves," The District Municipality of Muskoka (District) has initiated twelve technical projects that will assess the existing conditions within the Muskoka River Watershed. These projects will evaluate how the Watershed is currently managed and monitored, inform actions that will help reduce the impacts of flooding and address the health of the Watershed. The results of these projects will advance a future Integrated Watershed Management Plan to manage social, environmental, and economic factors together on a watershed basis.

Beginning in March 2022, a series of articles called The Ripple Series will be posted bi-weekly on the Making Waves Engage Muskoka Webpage that dive deeper into each of the twelve technical projects. Readers will learn what a hydrological model is, how dams are used to manage water through the Watershed, why natural capital and municipal policy are linked, and more. The Ripple Series will also discuss what floodplains are, how they are mapped, and how public access to lakes and parks can be environmentally and socially sustainable.

The first article, published this week, looks at the hydrological model project.

If you live, work or play in the Muskoka River Watershed, you may have experienced flooding at least once. The District is exploring watershed issues like flooding, which starts with an informed community. You can be part of the bigger picture of watershed health by being informed. Subscribe to the Making Waves Engage Muskoka Webpage today to get the latest project updates and articles delivered straight to your inbox.

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