McKellar Township's Lake Stewardship and Environmental Committee
was created to pursue a mission of fostering environmental awareness, understanding and appreciation to protect and sustain our municipality’s abundant natural resources, which enhance the quality of life for our residents and seasonal visitors. 

 Stewardship and Environmental Committee


1. To ensure we preserve our #1 priorities of our lakes and the ecology of life in our community.

2. To investigate ways and means of resolving water quality issues and preserving the natural environment.

3. To review the Township’s Official Plan, existing municipal documents and stewardship plans, and the Biosphere’s State of the Bay Report.

4. To engage the public at large through public meetings.

5. To advise and make recommendations to Council on matters about water quality and preserving the beauty of our surroundings within one year.


• Fish habitat and stocking of lakes

• Water Levels

• Boater Safety – speed, wakes, policing

• Renters

• Pesticides

• Water testing

• Logging

• Septic Systems

• Lack of loons

• Geese

• Wild Rice


Committee Members:

Jennifer Ghent-Fuller

Lynda Taylor

Carl Mitchell

Al Last

Axy Leighl

Melanie Jeffery

Tony Best

Suzanne Poff

Nick Ryeland - Council Representative




Agenda LESC Meeting - June 13, 2024

CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE - Agenda LSEC Meeting - March 7, 2024 (Zoom Link Included)

Agenda LSEC Meeting - February 8, 2024

Agenda LSEC Meeting - January 11, 2024


 Previous Years 
Agenda LSEC Meeting - December 14, 2023(Zoom Link Incuded)

Agenda LSEC Meeting - November 9, 2023 (Zoom Link Included)
Agenda LSEC Meeting - October 12, 2023 (Zoom Link Included)
Agenda LSEC Meeting - September 14, 2023 (Zoom Link included)

Agenda LSEC Meeting - July 6, 2023

Agenda LSEC Meeting - April 13, 2023 

Agenda LSEC Meeting - March 9, 2023 (Zoom Link included)

Agenda LSEC Meeting - December 8, 2022

Agenda LSEC Meeting - November 10, 2022

Agenda LSEC Meeting - October 13, 2022

Agenda LSEC Meeting - September 8, 2022

Agenda LSEC Meeting - June 9, 2022

Agenda - Special Meeting May 3, 2022

Benthic Reports
Blue Green Algae
Budget 2024 - Final as amended
By-law to establish LSEC
By-law #2021-41 Being a By-law to Establish the Township of McKellar Lake Stewardship and Environmental Committee
Capacity of the lake
Implications of the 2021 Lake Capacity Study of Lake Manitouwabing, Presentation by Carl Mitchell, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto - August 23, 2023
E Coli
Extended Surface Water Testing, McKellar Township
Clarity, Phosphorus and Calcium
Dark Skies

Catch and Release Best Practices - 2022

Stocking Fact Sheet - October 30, 2023
Draft Fisheries Management Plan Highlights Proposal Summary - Seeking Indigenous Community Feedback - October 25, 2022



Videos:  Hummingbirds in McKellar Township.  We celebrated the return of hummingbirds to McKellar Township with this presentation by Erich Eberts, Ph.D. candidate from the University of Toronto.  Erich discussed the biology of hummingbirds, including the effects of nesting, body fat, seasonality and temperature on hummingbird torpor.


Home Tweet Home:  How to host birds and bats on your property.  Presentation by Tianna Burke, MSc of the Georgian Bay Biosphere. - October 13, 2022

ICECAP/Georgian Bay Biosphere
Toolkit for Protecting Your Lake from Aquatic Invasive Species
Invasive Species Awareness and Monitoring for Lakes Education Ontario:  2022 Results
Invasive Species Protecting McKellar Township from Invasive species
McKellar Invasive Species Pamphlet - 2022 

LSEC Meeting Minutes Draft - January 11, 2024

LSEC Meeting Minutes - December 14, 2023

LSEC Meeting Minutes Draft - November 9, 2023

LSEC Meeting Minutes Final - July 6, 2023

LSEC Meeting Minutes - June 8, 2023

LSEC Meeting Minutes - March 9, 2023

LSEC Draft Minutes - November 10, 2022

LSEC Draft Minutes - October 13, 2022

Deputation to Council - October 11, 2022

LSEC Meeting Draft Minutes - August 18, 2022

LSEC Meeting Minutes - July 14, 2022

LSEC Meeting Minutes - June 9, 2022

LSEC Meeting Minutes - May 3, 2022

LSEC Meeting Minutes - April 7, 2022

LSEC Meeting Minutes - March 10, 2022
LSEC Meeting Minutes - February 10, 2022

LSEC Meeting Minutes - January 13, 2022

LSEC Meeting Minutes - December 9, 2021

LSEC Meeting Minutes - November 11, 2021

LSEC Meeting Minutes - October 21, 2021

Lake Stewardship and Environmental Committee Public Meeting Minutes - September 25, 2021
Ministry of Natural Resources
Tip line - 1-877-847-7667

Best for the Biosphere Plant List - June 13, 2022

Planting for Pollinators A Guide for Eastern Georgian Bay - June 13, 2022

Plastics, Microplastics, Microfibres
Sources and solution to microplastic fibers in our watersheds.  PhD candidate, Samantha Athey outlines her research on microplastics.  Some research has been completed in Parry Sound.  Washing machine filters are available. - March 10, 2022 -
Road Salt
Links to Special Webinars - November 2022 
Water Levels
Water Levels on Lake Manitouwabing - July 2022 
Water Treatment - Video - Treating Lake Water or Well Water for Household Use with Bruce Butler 
Work Permits
Plant One Tree for McKellar



"If everyone plants a native tree every year for six years, we will have effectively revived the global forest and stopped climate change in its tracks."
Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Our mission is to encourage the planting of trees to help the Earth revive.  We are taking up the challenge for McKellar to encourage the planting of one native tree per person per year for six years to help Mother Nature repair herself one community at a time.