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June 14, 2014 - Public Input Wanted for East Lake Plan

A draft plan for East Lake is now ready for final public input. The County of Prince Edward, Quinte Conservation, and Friends of East Lake formed a collaborative to create the plan and hired French Planning Services as consultants. The draft plan is a result of two years of public workshops with various groups including farmers, resort and campground owners, full time residents and seasonal users of East Lake.

Quinte Conservation Education Coordinator Maya Navrot says, “We’re proud of the hard work that has gone into this plan and we are now looking for final input from the public. The purpose of the stewardship plan is to identify, protect, preserve and enhance the unique environmental and social features of East Lake and its watershed for present and future generations. People can download a draft copy of the plan at www.eastlakeplan.ca and then come to a public meeting on June 14. At this session we want provide an opportunity for you to learn about, discuss and comment on the East Lake Plan. Following this session, you will have until August 31st, 2014 to provide any comments and then the final plan will be prepared and released this fall.”

The public session for providing input on the plan is planned for Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Athol Hall in Cherry Valley from 10:00 am to noon. French Planning Services will facilitate this final public forum.

The plan was developed through a community-based process that considered all stakeholders on East Lake and in the watershed. Numerous workshops engaged members of the community to identify values and issues as well as to develop stewardship actions and land use recommendations. The plan contains 58 recommended actions. It reflects and builds upon background materials collected for a State of the Lake Report completed in 2013 and from public consultations. The State of the Lake Report is a document containing all the information available on East Lake. It includes information on land use, development, environmentally sensitive areas, wetlands, water quality, water quantity, and species in the area.

Friends of East Lake were successful in obtaining an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant which enabled the plan for East Lake to be initiated.

“This is the first comprehensive study carried out on any of the County’s inland lakes, and will lead the way for additional studies on the other lakes in the future,” said President of Friends of East Lake, Linda Cole.

The draft Watershed Plan can be downloaded and reviewed from the website www.eastlakeplan.ca. A copy of the State of the Lake Report and notes from all public meetings and steering committee meetings from the last two years can also be found on the website.

Friends of East Lake was formed in 2006 to monitor and protect the natural habitat, rural lifestyle, and inland fisheries of East Lake and its Watershed and to ensure their preservation for future generations through proper zoning by-laws, environmental protection, measurements of water and air quality, balanced sustainable development, restoration and conservation.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

For more information:
Maya Navrot
Maya Navrot
Education Coordinator
(613) 968-3434 ext. 131
(613) 354-3312 ext. 131

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