An aggressive invasive species arrives in the Kawartha Lakes
It is now confirmed that Starry Stonewort – a plant-like macro algae known to be in many northern US lakes has migrated to several lakes in Ontario, including Scugog, Simcoe, Couchiching . . . and Stony, where it is established in at least three areas: in the Lost Channel behind Fairy Lake Island – a paddlers’ paradise now almost completely filled in with SSW – Gilchrist Bay and Wildfire Golf Club.
This is an alarming development and one that will require a whole-lake action and education plan to contain the spread.
Signs have been posted in the Lost Channel discouraging people from passing through. (SSW spreads rapidly through fragmentation.) Conversations are taking place with property owners around Gilchrist Bay and Wildfire where signs conveying more detailed information are required. All of the lake associations are aware of the issue and will be involved in developing a plan to contain this dangerous macro algae.