SCUGOG: A plan to use dredging to clean up Lake Scugog recently received an endorsement from councillors.
The plan was presented to council at their Monday, Nov. 2 meeting by Rob Messervey, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Kawartha Conservation Authority. The two-part project would see dredging start on a section of the Port Perry Bay in front of Palmer Park, and then later move to the Port Perry Boat Launch. The Healthy Lake Scugog Working Group estimated that about 67,500 cubic metres of organic material would be removed from the bottom of the lake through dredging.
Mr. Messervey added that the material will be placed on “key areas along the shoreline.” Areas in front of the Marina and the Scugog Memorial Library would be separate from the plan as they are currently serviced by a weed harvester.
“We have a tremendous opportunity with this project, and in so many ways, not just locally, but I would suggest regionally as well,” Mr. Messervey told council, adding that there are numerous economic
benefits to the proposal.
He also said that this project would improve the environment of the lake for fish and water fowl. The next step for the working group will be to find a consultant, through a request for proposal process, that will handle the design and costs for the project.
As well as an endorsement, council will also consider municipal funding in the 2016 budget once the costs have been clarified.
Ward 2 Councillor Guido questioned how often the lake should have to be dredged.
Mr. Messervey responded, saying that “it’s not going to be a regular requirement.” He also added that the work may have an impact on the lake’s fish stock for a short period of time, but that they will come back to a “more productive habitat.”
The working group estimates that the first phase of the project could start in late 2016, or in 2017 if all goes according to plan.