Plan – Lake Scugog Enhancement Project
Why do we need a Lake Scugog Enhancement Project (LSEP)?
Port Perry Bay and the Municipal boat launch area are slowly filling in and becoming shallower. This is because of a number of reasons. Although all lakes eventually fill in and become wetlands, these areas of the lake have a bigger problem. Nutrients, silt and other contaminents arrive there with stormwater from urban Port Perry. The nutrients cause a proliferation of lake plants and algae that then drop to the bottom to compost and become thick layers of soft mud.
In particular, three stormwater outlets at the south end of Port Perry Bay bring in approximately 20% of the yearly new phosphorus load that enters Lake Scugog. These outlets drain some of the areas with the heaviest traffic in our Township and also bring in other contaminents such as heavy metals, salt, hydrocarbons and chemicals. These pollutants affect the whole lake, not just the lake off the town of Port Perry. This is a water quality issue that affects the entire lake.
GOALS OF THE LSEP:
- Build an engineered wetland to naturally act as a stormwater treatment area.
- Build an additional accessible shoreline walkway featuring a new iconic bridge structure, educational signage and connections to existing trails connecting the beach area at Palmer Park with the point near Vos’ Independent Grocers
- Dredge a large acreage of Lake Scugog to improve the health of the lake and surrounding shoreline, increase recreational usage, improve aesthetics and provide economic, environmental, recreational and social benefits to Scugog Township