Norman Yan talks The Good, the Bad and the Yucky


Watershed Logo Guest lecture sponsored by Friends of the Muskoka Watershed

The Good, the Bad and the Yucky:
A Fresh Take on Muskoka Lakes Water

At no additional cost, our June 24, 2-hour sightseeing cruise features a lecture by distinguished scientist, Norman Yan.

Wenonah II CruisingHis presentation will surprise you. The Good to which he refers is acid rain, DDT, lead pollution, zebra mussels, and the ash produced by RMS Segwun’s coal fired boiler. The Bad is mercury, algal blooms, road salt and calcium decline. The Yucky is spiny water flees, Ca decline and the rise of aquatic jelly.

After listening to Norman, you will never again think of water in the same way! Get a fresh take on Muskoka Lakes water, book your cruise today.


5% of every full priced ticket sold will be donated to Friends of the Muskoka Watershed.

June 24, 2017 from 3 to 5 PM, aboard Wenonah II. Boarding at 2:45 PM

Adult: $39.99   Child: $22.95 [Plus 13% HST]

Norman YanSpecial Guest Lecturer: Norman Yan, PhD FRSC

Norman Yan is Senior Research Scholar York University and Chair of Friends of the Muskoka Watershed.  For almost half a century Norman has sought to understand man’s impacts on Ontario lakes, especially in Muskoka. At the same time he has tried to understand how we can fix past damage, and prevent its re-occurrence.

Norman did his Master’s research on the effects of acid rain on microscopic plant life in lakes, the phytoplankton. For his doctorate her researched the effects of metals on animal plankton, which he calls the “little living lawnmowers in our lakes.”

He moved with his wife, Sandy, to Bracebridge over 30 years ago, bringing his work, and that of his MOE colleagues, on effects of acid rain and shoreline development on our lakes.

In 2000 he joined York University, broadening his research on lakes to include impacts of introduced predators ozone depletion, climate change, road salt and calcium decline. Over his career, Norm has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific articles, a body of work that has been acknowledged with provincial and national awards for excellence, and, in 2012, with an induction into the Royal Society of Canada.