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Muskrat Watershed Council holding inaugural meeting in Cobden Saturday

A new community group, with a focus on addressing water quality issues in the Muskrat watershed, will hold its inaugural meeting Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Cobden Public School.

The Muskrat Watershed Council is primarily concerned about nutrient loading and deteriorating water quality on Muskrat Lake, but will be looking at the entire watershed in an attempt to address nutrient sources.

The establishment of this new community group is a follow-up to the Muskrat Lake Water Quality Symposium held in October and attended by about 150 people who are concerned about the lake.

Since October, a focus group of 10 people has been working on a terms of reference for the new organization and planning for the inaugural meeting.

“There is no doubt that people are concerned about water quality on Muskrat Lake,” said Doug Skeggs, a volunteer working on setting up the council. “We heard that loud and clear at the symposium in October.”

“What we need to do now is get the community group established so we can begin to work on a solution,” he added.

Organizers are hoping to attract not just people from around Muskrat Lake, but from across the entire Muskrat Watershed because nutrient loading is a watershed issue.

The inaugural meeting is open to the public and will involve the election of officers for the new Muskrat Watershed Council.

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