Stop Flooding Muskoka: Change the Muskoka River Water Management Plan

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The current Muskoka River Water Management Plan, established in 2006, is causing Muskoka Lakes to flood.

From 1940 to 2006, the Muskoka River Water Management Plan was in the best interest of the people of Ontario, but in 2006, the Liberal Party of Ontario changed all that. The plan now favors the Water Power Generation companies—not the people of Ontario. It is in the best interest of the power generation companies to maintain high water levels to make more money, even if that means damaging the personal property of lakefront owners, the vegetation along the shoreline, and the habitats of local wildlife. The winter of 2016 had a lot less snow than most years, yet the water levels on Lake Joseph and Lake Roseau are about the same as they were in 2013—a record flood year in Muskoka. This flooding problem is not a result of global weather patterns; it is the Liberal Government of Ontario totally disregarding the people of Ontario in favor of their own personal legacy dream.

 The link below is the 2006 Muskoka River Water Management Plan, which was designed to fulfill the personal legacy dream of the Ontario Liberal Government and Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The 2006 Muskoka River Water Management Plan expired March 31st, 2016. 

Please support changing the plan back, to a plan that worked for 66 years.

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The link below leads to the 2006 Muskoka River Water Management Plan:

http://www.muskokawaterweb.ca/images/mnr/mrwmp/1_PlanApproval.pdf

The names below are the people, power generation companies, and government agencies involved with establishing the 2006 Muskoka River Water Management Plan:

Peter Murray, NEPG and Evergreen Energy, date Ontario Power Generation Inc. (Trethewey, Hanna Chute, South Falls, Ragged Rapids and Big Eddy waterpower facilities) 

John Mattinson, Orillia Power Generation Corporation date (Matthias waterpower facility)

David Kerr, Algonquin Power Fund (Canada) Inc. date (Burgess waterpower facility)

Chris Litschko, Bracebridge Generation Ltd. date (High Falls, Wilson Falls and Bracebridge waterpower facilities) I concur that this water management plan has been prepared in accordance with Water Management Planning Guidelines for Waterpower, as approved by the Minister of Natural Resources on May 14, 2002, and that direction from other sources, relevant policies and other obligations have been considered. I recommend this plan be approved for implementation.

Andy Heerschap, A/District Manager date Parry Sound District, MNR Approved by:

Ray Bonenberg, A/Regional Director, Southern Region date Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources



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