Cottage Owners' Association and Lake Plan

CEWF Releases 2018 Priorities


What is the CEWF? 

The Coalition for Equitable Water Flow, (CEWF), is a coalition of 32 Member Lake Associations (including the KLCOA) which includes 91% of the Trent Severn Waterway’s (TSW’s) reservoir lake storage capacity and covers the sub-watersheds of the Gull, Burnt & Mississauga Rivers plus Nogies, Eel’s & Jack’s creeks. The Coalition aims to represent the interests of 35,000+ shoreline property owners in the “Haliburton Sector” of the Trent watershed, which includes 35 reservoir and several flow-through (RaFT) lakes in Haliburton County and northern Peterborough County.  The CEWF was originally formed in 2006 to provide input to the Panel on the Future of the Trent Severn Waterway. Since then, the mandate has evolved to provide effective liaison between the Coalition members and the TSW on issues of water conservation and management. 

In early 2016, the CEWF concluded an agreement with the six local municipalities covering the RaFT lakes area, the Township of Algonquin Highlands, the Municipality of Dysart, the Municipality of Minden Hills, the Municipality of Highlands East in Haliburton County and the Township of North Kawartha, and the Municipality of Trent Lakes in northern Peterborough County; to form the Upper Trent Water Management Partnership (UTWMP) to speak with a single voice at the federal, provincial and Trent Watershed levels on water management issues affecting the RaFT lakes. 

The Coalition is led by a nine member Executive Committee. 


CEWF’s Objectives 

 • To promote an Integrated Approach to Water Management at the Watershed Level that will improve water conservation throughout the Trent-Severn system while recognizing the environmental, public safety, social and socio-economic constraints of managing the water resource. In this initiative, CEWF will work independently as well as through the Upper Trent Water Management Partnership.

• To maintain dialogue with TSW management to ensure improved understanding of local issues and management of water levels and flows in the RaFT lakes.

• To promote shared information and knowledge of water management issues and practices watershed-wide across the Canal lakes, and the RaFT lakes.

• To promote approaches to ensure safe navigation, access to waterfront property, economic sustainability and the avoidance of negative environmental and economic impacts for residents on the RaFT lakes. 


CEWF Priorities for 2018

CEWF’s main priority will continue to be advocating for an Integrated Approach to Water Management at the Watershed level. In 2018 this includes:

-  The CEWF will continue to work with TSW management and in particular the new water management engineer to build on the excellent water management experience of the drought during 2016 and the extreme rainfall events of 2017, which saw the interests of all parts of the system recognized in the water management effort.

-  The CEWF will follow through with the TSW on the CEWF’s significant Preferred Water Levels Report filed with the TSW in 2017.

-  In anticipation of the TSW embarking on a long term strategic review, the CEWF will seek to provide input to their deliberations. 

-  CEWF will work with the TSW to develop a proposed framework for climate change considerations for the entire Trent River basin as well as the Haliburton Sector.

-  CEWF will continue to advocate for the development and acquisition of improved constraint based water operations and planning models.

In addition the CEWF will:

  • Continue to monitor the TSW Capital program in the RaFT lakes area, provide regular updates to our members, and ensure the participation of our member associations in project consultations as appropriate.
  • Continue to meet and work with member lake associations to raise the level of understanding of water management issues with an emphasis on recent extreme weather patterns (floods, droughts and ice damage) and their apparent relationship to the medium term climate change predictions for the RaFT lakes area.
  • Develop an outreach program to member lake associations on RaFT lake water management issues with respect to engagement in the 2018 provincial and municipal elections.
  • Build on our initial positive experience in the Upper Trent Water Management Partnership to explore opportunities for collaboration with municipalities, MNRF and TSW for further data collection including the proposed LIDAR mapping initiative, water resource related economic impact data, the proposed Minden Hills flood studies, and lake specific fisheries data. With UTWMP, we will work towards improved water management communications in our local communities.


CEWF Executive Committee Members 2018 

Ted Spence, Catchacoma Lake, Chair, 

Bruce McClennan, Gull Lake, Vice Chair,

Roger Cunningham, White Lake, Secretary/Treasurer

Geoff Byford, Mountain Lake 

Bill Cornfield, Horseshoe Lake, 

David Lean, Jack’s Lake, 

Chris Riddle, Member at Large, 

Martin Rist, Drag & Spruce Lakes,

Jim Wilson, Twelve Mile Lake




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