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Phragmites

Phragmites Network

The Phragmites Network has been formed to provide a forum for discussion amongst representatives from each of the GBA associations. The purpose is to exchange information and ideas on the best practices for controlling and eradicating this invasive common reed that is raising much concern over its coastal effects along the shoreline, inlets, islands and marsh environments of eastern and northern Georgian Bay.

Committee Mandate:

Investigate and advise the GBA Board about Phragmites on the Bay.

To be a liaison for GBA with other organizations, including but not limited to; GBF, Ontario Phragmites Working Group and the MNRF; to help develop educational material and control/eradication and disposal protocols for property owners along the eastern and northern shores of Georgian Bay.

Accountabilities

  1. To conduct background work that clarifies best management practices around the identification, control and eradication of Phragmites on Georgian Bay.
  2. To work with and partner with other like-minded organizations in order to accomplish this goal.
  3. To remain current on all legislation, existing and new that is explicit to the eradication of Phragmites on the eastern and northern shores of Georgian Bay.
  4. To present recommendations for Board action, together with rationales based on the research.

Committee Members

The Phragmites Working Group members are:

Georgian Bay Forever Heather Sargeant
12 Mile Bay Ray Boots
Bayfield Nares Frank Pointner
Bay of Islands Michael Dewson
Blackstone Lake Rob Moos
Cognashene Sandy Thompson
Honey Harbour Kathryn Davis
Key River TBD
Madawaska Club Kelly Killoran
Manitou Tom Pinkham
McGregor Bay TBD
Northern Georgian Bay TBD
Pointe au  Baril Scott Sheard

Jane Wilkins

Sans Souci Copperhead Tom Denune

Peter Andras

South Channel Peter Adams
Wah Wah Taysee TBD
West Carling TBD
Woods Bay Sue McPhedran (Chair)

 

Minutes of Phragmites Network Conference Calls: ; Click Here – June 2018 Minutes Click Here – June 2018 Notes

Report by Katherine Denune on Phragmites in South Township of the Archipelago: Click Here

GBA and GBF 2018 flyer on Phragmites: Click Here

Link to Georgian Bay Forever comprehensive information on Phragmites: https://georgianbayforever.org/invasive-phragmites/

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April 2021

April 11 Water Levels Report

The Great Lakes basin experienced much higher than average temperatures over the past week. Water levels continue to be well above average and near record high levels. Lake Michigan-Huron continues to be below the level it was at this time last year – see first graph below. All the lakes are now lower than they were at this time last year. From a month ago the water levels on Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie and Ontario are up 2, 0, 1, 2 and 4 inches respectively. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair, Erie & Ontario, are lower by 7, 13, 15, 17 & 28 inches, respectively, than they were at this time last year. Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St Clair & Erie are 7, 22, 19, & 15 inches, respectively, above their long term April

April 2021

MPAC Decides to Postpone Assessments Again for 2021

GBA continues to liaise closely with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) who have been helpful in providing us with updates and, in the past, resolving such issues as the valuations for small undevelopable islands. - Read the update on 2021 assessments from MPAC here: - As part of the Ontario Government’s Budget on March 24, the Minister of Finance announced the Province’s decision to once again postpone a province-wide property assessment update due to the pandemic. - Property assessments for the 2022 property tax year will continue to be based on January 1, 2016 current values. This means your property assessment remains the same as it was for the 2021 tax year, unless there have been changes to your property, for example: - A change to your prop

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