Kawartha Lakes - Economic Development
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Water Table

The City of Kawartha Lakes formed the Water Table to collectively share knowledge, perspectives, experiences and opportunities.  The Water Table consists of researchers, municipal services and economic development professionals involved in conservation, management and research throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The CAWT (Centre For Alternative Wastewater Treatment) worked on 50 projects across Canada and around the world, and grew their workforce by approximately 20%.

The KCA (Kawartha Conservation Authority) completed several studies to protect the 250 lakes and waterways within the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The City of Kawartha Lakes participated in a number of initiatives to improve water quality while reducing operational expenses.

The following projects, initiatives & accomplishments were discussed at the Water Table in 2012:

Recreational Water Quality & Conservation

  • Lake Management Planning:Sturgeon Lake
  • Lake Management Planning:Balsam & Cameron Lake
  • Lake Management Planning:Pigeon Lake
  • Blue Canoe Program
    • The Kawartha Conservation Authority hired students during the summer of 2012 to travel from dock-to-dock on Balsam, Cameron, Pigeon and Sturgeon Lakes.
    • Members of the Blue Canoe team have backgrounds in environmental fields and are knowledgeable about the best management practices for these lakes.
    • The Blue Canoe program reaches property owners who can have a direct impact on the health of the lake and provides them with the tools and knowledge necessary to improve and maintain a healthy shoreline.
    • Students met with 792 individuals and the program will be renewed in 2013.
  • Canada-India Water Training Consortium
    • The CAWT, in partnership with the Ontario Clean Water Agency, Centennial College, Confederation College, and Northern College, will lead the Canada-India Water Training Consortium which will offer training as part of the Ganga River Environment Management Programme (GREMP).
    • The Consortium is part of a broader collaborative effort that includes Canadian Technology and Business Facilitators Inc. (CTBF) and ETI Dynamics to contribute water technologies and training to the GREMP. The river clean-up is an immense undertaking - the project is billed as a $100 billion opportunity.


Municipal Water & Wastewater

Workforce Development

  • C-Links
    • C-Links provides college and university students with opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills by working on research projects in City of Kawartha Lakes;
    • C-Links provides assistance to business and organizations in finding practical information that will support social, cultural, environmental and economic development in City of Kawartha Lakes; and
    • C-Links provides the with opportunities to inform colleges and universities about issues and development.
  • Innovation Centre
    • Letter Of Intent
      • On March 5th, a letter of intent was signed by Fleming College, Trent University, City of Peterborough, County of Peterborough, Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster, County of Haliburton and the City of Kawartha Lakes to pursue the creation of an Innovation Centre focusing on water and wastewater.
    • Manager of Innovation
      • On October 30th, the City Of Kawartha Lakes hiredTonya Kraanto establish and promote the Innovation Centre
    • Business Plan
      • A draft business plan recommends the formation of a non-profit organization called WRAIN: Water Research And Innovation Network
    • Fleming College - School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences


Research & Innovation

  • CAWT -Centre For Alternative Wastewater Treatment
    • Staff of 25 actively worked on more than 50 research projects
    • Fleming College receives $800,000 from the College-Industry Innovation Fund for CAWT expansion in 2013
    • Showcasing Water Innovations
    • Showcasing Water Innovationis the province's program to fund leading edge, innovative and cost-effective solutions for managing drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems in Ontario communities.
    • The City of Kawartha Lakes and The CAWT participated in a research project withfloating wetlandsto improve water quality.
  • Kawarthas....Naturally Connected
    •  Natural Heritage Systems Study.Identifying  and mapping a connected system of natural areas that can inform and support:
      • sustainable land use planning and resource management decision-making
      • strategic priorities for stewardship and restoration projects
      • priorities for conservation land acquisitions, and
      • priorities for inventory programs and research projects.
  • India Water Impact Summit
    • TheIndia Water Impact Summitwas held in December in New Delhi. The key focus of the Summit was on rejuvenating Ganga and other major water bodies within the country. 
  • The Canadian Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program
    •  The CAWT is a member of GLOBE Performance Solutions, a collaborative platform that supports sustainable growth by accelerating the market adoption, enhancing the benefits, and reducing the risks of technology-based solutions.
    • In October 2012, GLOBE entered into an agreement with Environment Canada to serve as the third-party delivery agent for the Canadian Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program
    • The aim of the Canadian ETV Program is to provide effective validation and verification of environmental performance claims for innovative technologies, processes, and products.  Performance testing and verification procedures follow the internationally recognized General Verification Protocol for national environmental technology verification programs
  • WaterTAP
    • January 1, 2013 Brent Wootton appointed Chairman of WaterTAP
    • WaterTAP was mentioned numerous times within the Ontario Water Strategy
For more information, please contact:
Numair Uppal
Project Manager - WRAIN
Telephone:  705-324-9411  extension 1270

180 Kent St. W, Lindsay, OntarioK9V 2Y6
Phone 705-324-9411
Toll Free 1-866-397-6673

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