On September 27, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority issued a Water Conditions Statement noting that the status of the Rideau River Watershed has returned to normal except for the Kemptville Creek subwatershed which now is at “Minor” severity down from “Moderate “Severity earlier.
On September 19, in their September/October newsletter Rideau Valley Conservation Authority reminded shoreline landowners of a project of possible interest to our members. Thanks to special funding from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, they are covering full costs of shoreline recovery projects for eligible landowners in the Tay Subwatershed. Also there is a possibility of partial funding for tree planting. For details contact the Planning and Shoreline Stewardship Coordinator, Meagan McDonald .
All residents are encouraged to conserve water at all times but should be particularly conservative when low water conditions occur. Some related websites:
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change https://www.ontario.ca/page/managing-your-water-well-times-water-shortage
Ontario Low Water Response Program https://www.ontario.ca/page/low-water-response-program
Hourly and Daily Streamflows and Water levels https://www.rvca.ca/watershed-monitoring-reporting/reporting/streamflow-water-levels
REMINDERS 1. Always telephone the Township before burning anything
2. For the safety of all……when swimming out in the lake be sure to wear a coloured hat so you are visible to boaters. Otherwise the most careful boaters may not see you in the dark water – with devastating results.
3. Voting in the Tay Valley Election is by telephone or internet between October 15 – 22 . See www.tayvalleytwp.ca to see how to check that you are on the voter list.
4. Check the Calendar of Community Events! If you know of something coming up which could be included, please contact webmaster.
5. Don’t forget the Classified section – 2 new “Sale” items!
RECENT POSTINGS AND LINKS
In October the LSP was submitted to Tay Valley Township for inclusion in the Official Plan – the copy is posted in Lake Stewardship Plan .
For the latest Lake Steward report which also includes some notes on the OPP/Lake Associations recent Meeting ,click on the sidebar.
The fourth, August 30, in a series of Nature Notes by Alison Bentley, Rainbow Lane is posted on the Environmental page accessed on the sidebar.
Also in Environmental is information about an interesting project related to well water safety. Cottage owners are invited to participate in a survey which only takes between 10 & 15 minutes to complete.
The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) has announced production of an educational video series on forest stewardship. For links, including one to the summary, see the Home Page of their website
On August 15th,The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) announced that the use of two neonicotinoids-thiamethoxam and clothianidin- will be phased out in Canada over 3-5 years due to concerns about their effects on aquatic invertibrates.
Good news from the EU: Now there is a total ban on bee-killing pesticides in all 28 EU countries thanks to the efforts over 7 years of the Avaaz group www.avaaz.org
Lanark Highlands will not be joining the County’s spray program. Great news! For more information see the Friends of Lanark County website .
A recent Press Release from Lanark County about their Vegetation Management Plan can be found in the News & Public Notices section (page 4) of the Tay Valley Township website.
For a response by the Friends of Lanark County (FOLC) which includes some pictures of the effects of the County spraying see here.
– Friends of Bolingbroke Road Adopt-A-Road Group
After three years of no spraying, the flowers are returning on our section of CR 36. Here are some pictures taken at the end of August. Do you see the bee?
Many thanks to the volunteers who spent many hours pulling wild parsnips.
UPDATE…… from Concerned Citizens about Lyme Disease
This group has been instrumental in the planning of a non-partisan initiative for federal MP’s to raise their awareness of the seriousness of this disease. As you probably know, the incidence in our area is very high. ( Many people in our Association have been affected). The website www.lymehope.ca has much information; there is also an option of subscribing to a newsletter. This group has announced that Canada Public Health Agency now has a link
on their website to guidelines developed by the International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society for diagnosis and treatment.
Managing your Waterfront Property in a Changing Climate. To download an informative document on this topic produced by FOCA ( Federation of Cottagers’ Associations) of which we are a member, click property. For information on the various member resources and benefits check out the website Click here
Planning for Climate Change. An informative document can be found on the Muskoka Watershed website
A recent announcement from RVCA concerns forestry planting. They have funding available and professional assistance regarding appropriate trees for property owners who wish to plant trees on marginal land ( 1 acre or more). For more information , contact Scott Danford,, Forestry Program Manager.
Their Shoreline Naturalization Program which is familiar to many of us has some changes for the 2017/8 year. Of particular interest is that planting projects will be offered free of charge. There is also a list of availability of plantings. A publication, Solutions for Shoreline Erosion, A Basic Guide to Bioengineering, which can be downloaded, provides many ideas and also lists authorities for approvals. More good news is that grants through the Rideau Rural Clean Water program are available to cottage owners, in addition to farmers. Listed are eligible projects and the percentage of costs covered up to a certain maximum. Of particular interest might be Sewage System repair and Erosion Control- Shoreline.
Algae-Too Much of a Good thing? Three suggestions to keep in mind are Good Septic System Maintenance; Increase Plant cover; Reduce Run-off . There is comprehensive information contained in the The Algae & Aquatic Plant Educational Manual .Many questions are answered about plants especially toxicity and there is a link to the rules and regulations for plant removal.