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**Proposal of radical changes to the Ontario Conservation Authorities Act**

In a November 9th letter to Rod Phillips, Ontario Minister of the Environment, MPP Randy Hillier proposed eliminating the assistance provided to municipalities by conservation authorities.  Such a move would substantially add costs to taxpayers and reduced valued technical assistance to municipalities.  On November 27, The Friends of the Tay Watershed wrote to the Minister pointing out many errors in MPP Hillier’s letter and the potential impact of these changes.

The letters mentioned above together with a joint letter from our two local conservation authorities ( RVCA, MVCA) to TVT and other municipalities can be easily found here

Of interest is that the TVT Committee of the Whole at its Dec 4  meeting has the receipt of this correspondence on the Agenda.   Also on the Agenda are delegations  re retail cannabis and the Perth & Smiths Falls Hospital request for funding. In addition there is a proposed recommendation to Council to permit retail stores in TVT.  The complete Agenda and information packages and subsequently Minutes for all meetings can be found in the Calendar of Meetings section of the TVT website . Of interest is that the Minutes of the above Dec 4th meeting and those of the Striking Committee can be found as part of the Agenda package for the December 11th Council Meeting.


       LSRLPOA membership dues can now be made by Interac-e -Transfer

                                 For details please see Membership



On December 5, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, announced that the Water Status in the Rideau River Watershed has returned to Normal including the Kemptville Creek sub-watershed.

Previously in their September/October newsletter RVCA 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

                                                    613-267-2596 x2

                        2. Check the Calendar of Community Events!   There are many seasonal events in the area.  If you know of something coming up which could be included, please contact webmaster.     On January 8th in Glen Tay P.S. there is a Public Information Session on Retail Cannabis. at 6 p.m. The Public is invited to comment and ask questions. A survey is currently available.It can be found on the event website for Jan 8th in the Calendar.      The ABC Hall Trivia Night   is on January 19….see the Calendar for details.

                        3. Don’t forget the Classified section.


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


  – General

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.

 The Tay River Subwatershed report is on the RVCA website and can be accessed now. The latest issue of Around The Rideau can be found here. 

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.