Kawartha Conservation is the local environmental agency that helps protect our water and other natural resources. Our mandate is to ensure the conservation, restoration, and responsible management of water, land, and natural habitats through programs and services that balance human, environmental, and economic needs.

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A plentiful supply of clean water is a key component of our natural infrastructure. Our surface and groundwater resources supply our drinking water, maintain property values, sustain an agricultural industry, and support tourism.

We are a non-profit environmental organization, established in 1979 under the Ontario Conservation Authorities Act (1946). We are governed by the six municipalities that overlap the natural boundaries of our watershed and who voted to form the Kawartha Region Conservation Authority. These municipalities include the City of Kawartha Lakes, Township of Scugog (Region of Durham), Township of Brock (Region of Durham), Municipality of Clarington (Region of Durham), Township of Cavan Monaghan, and Municipality of Trent Lakes.

Shadow and Silver Lakes Management Plan

Shadow Lake and Silver Lake are small-to-medium sized lakes within the municipality of City of Kawartha Lakes. They are connected and exist along the Gull River system, and are highly valued by local residents and other users for their excellent water quality and natural scenery.

The Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Management Plan was developed by Kawartha Conservation, under contract from City of Kawartha Lakes, to provide several suggested actions for local individuals and groups to undertake to maintain, and wherever possible enhance, lake health.
What constitutes a healthy lake? How do we know we are sustaining lake resources? To help steer us, a vision statement has been developed as the guiding principle for the plan:
“Ensure the long-term sustainability of Shadow Lake and Silver Lake to maintain a safe, peaceful and natural setting for living, boating, swimming, fishing, and access to water for household uses.”

Goals Of the Management Plan:
To ensure the Shadow Lake and Silver Lake Management Plan addresses land use pressures and other community-based concerns, the following strategic goals were developed at the project onset:

  • Maintain excellent water quality in the lake and its tributaries for human use and ecological needs.
  • Promote sustainable human and natural resources management activities that protect and enhance overall watershed and lake health.
  • Use science-based findings to guide Official Plan policies, by-laws, and other strategic planning documents to ensure a supportive planning policy framework with a primary goal of protecting the lakes and their watersheds.

View the full Lake Management Plan.