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Update from the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Festival at Fort Willow

On Saturday, September 29, from 10 am to 4 pm, Historic Fort Willow comes alive with the Festival at Fort Willow.  Historical re-enactors bring to life the day-to-day activities of British soldiers, camp followers and First Nations people living in Simcoe County in 1812. Muster-up and march in the King's army, learn about blacksmithing, carpentry and candle making, or listen to the cannons roar - there is something for everyone!  Admission to the festival is free. There is no parking on-site, but a free shuttle bus runs to-and-from the Grenfel Community Hall (1989 Sunnidale Rd.) throughout the day.  Festival at Fort Willow is pleased to be part of Doors Open - Simcoe County. Stop by the Festival then head out to explore other fascinating cultural sites in our region!  This event is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Fort Willow, NVCA, the Township of Springwater and the Rotary Club of Barrie.

Volunteers step up to remove Phragmites along the Georgian Bay Shoreline

A big thanks to the 139 volunteers that came together this summer to take on Phragmites, an invasive plant that is spreading along the Collingwood-Wasaga Beach shoreline. With its tall, dense stands, Phragmites is destroying wildlife habitat, ruining scenic views of the bay, and limiting opportunities for swimming, fishing and boating.  In total, volunteers contributed over 450 hours to cutting and removing Phragmites. Thanks to their efforts, 3.36 tonnes of Phragmites was removed from an area of 7,953 square metres (about 2 acres).  Over the past four years, volunteer cuttings have slowed the spread of Phragmites along the shoreline, particularly helping to protect the rare Great Lakes coastal marshes found in Collingwood.  NVCA, Georgian Bay Forever, Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation, the Town of Collingwood and local condominium associations have lead this work.  Funding for this year's Phragmites work was provided by the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, WWF’s Loblaw Water Fund, Environment and Climate Change Canada EcoAction program, Georgian Bay Forever, and others.

Funding for Stewardship in Dufferin - Rural Water Quality Program Extended

Dufferin County has extended funding available for the Rural Water Quality Program?.  The program makes grants available for on-the-ground projects to improve water quality and restore aquatic and wildlife habitat. Landowners and farmers are encouraged to apply. Grants range from 50-100% to a maximum of $5,000 depending on project type. Eligible water quality projects include: 

  • livestock exclusion fencing from streams and wetlands
  • tree planting
  • decommissioning unused wells
  • erosion control structures (land and in-water)
  • nutrient management planning
  • cover crops
  • wetland creation to improve water quality
  • clean water diversion from livestock yards

An Environmental Farm Plan or completed Rural Landowner Stewardship Guide is required to apply, as is a short application form. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit or contact Shannon Stephens, NVCA's Healthy Waters Program coordinator, at 705-424-1479 x239 or

Planting Trees for Healthier Streams - Volunteers needed

We're looking for a few more volunteers for our third and final TD Tree Days planting event this fall!  Join us on Sept. 29 from 9 am to 12 noon as we plant 500 trees and shrubs along the Mad River through the Minesing Wetlands.  Planting along stream banks improves water quality and fish habitat. Streamside trees help stop pollutants before they flow into the water; the leaves and woody material provide food and habitat for the fish and bugs living in the water; the roots reduce erosion; and the canopy cover keeps stream water cool.  To learn more and to register, visit

Family Nature Days - Home-school & PA Day Program kicks-off October 22

NVCA's Family Nature Days give kids (and their parents) a chance to explore and experience the great outdoors!  Our experienced environmental educators guide families through programs ranging from pond study, to maple syrup making, t?o outdoor survival skills. The programs are perfect for families that home-school or those wanting to spend PA Days outside The first Family Nature Day takes place Oct. 22 with a guided hike along the Niagara Escarpment at the Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area. To learn more about the program or to register, visit

The Judicial Review brought against the Town of the Blue Mountains by former Council member Michael Seguin has concluded today

On August 13, 2018 Mr. Seguin filed a motion to abandon the Judicial Review he filed. Micheal Seguin and the Town attended at Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 7755 Hurontario Street, in Brampton for Court File No. DC-17-59.

The Judge has ruled in this matter and the Town was awarded $20,000, inclusive of HST, payable by Mr. Seguin to the Town within 180 days. The ruling by Justice LeMay concludes the Judicial Review.

Contact Information

John McKean, Mayor

Town of The Blue Mountains

519-599-3131 ext. 400


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For Media Inquiries Contact:

Shawn Everitt, Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Town of The Blue Mountains

519-599-3131 ext. 234


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July 26, 2018

(Town of The Blue Mountains) The Town completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment in July 2017 for the management of leachate generated at the Town’s Solid Waste Disposal Site. The preferred solution is to pipe the leachate to the Thornbury Wastewater Treatment Plant. Leachate is liquid collected within the landfill cell. Until the pipe is constructed, the leachate is trucked to a receiving station in Craigleith. The Town was successful in receiving a $2.3 million grant under the Municipal Greenhouse Gas Challenge Fund, a program aimed at reducing climate change related emissions.

The Town received correspondence from the province July 10, 2018 that the program has been cancelled and that the grant monies are now withdrawn however, some wind-down funding may be available. The Town project is only part way through the design phase. Construction was planned to commence in early 2019.

Town Council will consider a Staff Report regarding next steps at a Special Meeting of Council July 31, 2018.

For more Information Contact:
Jeff Fletcher
Manager of Solid Waste & Special Projects
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 238
For Media Inquiries Contact:
Shawn Everitt
Interim Chief Administrative Officer
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234

Grey Bruce Health Unit issues Lyme Disease update

July 18, 2018

Lyme Disease Update

A blacklegged tick collected in Northern Bruce Peninsula has tested positive for the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease. Lyme disease is spread by the bite of blacklegged ticks carrying B. burgdorferi. Blacklegged ticks are most often found in forests, wooded areas, shrubs, tall grass and leaf piles. The risk of Lyme disease increases the longer the tick has been attached (e.g., more than 24 hours). There have been no confirmed cases of Lyme disease in humans in Grey and Bruce Counties in 2018.

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by a tick. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the following tips when heading outside to areas where ticks can be found:

  • Use bug spray with DEET or Icaridin (always follow directions).
  • Wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and pants.
  • Tuck your shirt into your pants, and your pants into your socks.
  • Walk on paths.
  • Do a daily full body tick check on yourself, your children, your pets, and your gear.
  •  Shower or bathe within two hours of being outdoors.
  • Put your clothes in a dryer on high heat for at least 10 minutes.

If you find a tick on yourself or a family member, immediately remove it with a pair of fine-tip tweezers. Ticks can be submitted to health care providers or the Grey Bruce Health Unit for identification. Ticks identified as blacklegged will be tested for B. burgdorferi.

Please speak to your health care provider if a tick has bitten you and are concerned about your health. Early detection of Lyme disease is very important. If caught early, Lyme disease can be treated effectively with antibiotics. Symptoms may occur 3 to 30 days after you have been bitten, including: rash (sometimes shaped like a bull’s eye), fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain. If untreated, in weeks or months after a bite, more severe symptoms could develop, including severe headaches, facial paralysis, joint paint, and nervous system disorders (e.g., dizziness, mental confusion, nerve pain, etc.).

If you find a tick on your dog or cat and are concerned, please consult with your veterinarian. Regular tick checks and prompt removal are also important for pets.

More information on Lyme disease and tips to reduce your risk is available at:

Government of Canada

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Agency of Canada

For more information:

Stephanie Nickels
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1229

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