1. Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) Flood Statements. Keep informed by checking the RVCA website – there is a link to the latest Statements on the Home Page.
2. Check the Calendar of Community Events and Classified pages of this site. Coming… June 29 Pie in the Sky; Fish Fry July 6 and AGM is on July 13…… for vacant Board positions see this date on the Calendar. Adopt A Road 2019 will soon be starting…scroll down to see the section below with the photos after last year’s work.
RVCA has issued the Christie Lake Catchment Report which contains Little Silver and Rainbow information. It is available online
RVCA is now booking site visits for their Shoreline Naturalization Program. It offers landowners low-cost technical guidance, project management and all the native trees and shrubs needed to build a robust natural buffer along the waterfront.
Conservation Authorities affected seriously by the Ontario Budget
Details on how it could affect us in the “Latest News” box here
Articles outlining some of the implications of the proposals can be found by scrolling to “Statement on Bill 108” on Ontario Nature website
Also in Toronto Star GTA section “Sweeping Changes…” by Kate Allen
The complete Agenda and information packages and subsequently Minutes for all TVT meetings can be found in the Calendar of Meetings section of the TVT website .
Watch for the minutes of the Special Meeting on May 14th.
On February 14 , TVT Council gave final approval to the Budget. There will be a 3.43% tax levy increase. A descriptive Media Release can be found on the TVT website ( link above).
Good news from Tay Valley!
1. Lake Stewardship Plan
On January 23, the Association was informed by the TVT Planner, Noelle Reeve, that we may tell members that our plan will be considered as part of her Planning Review of development applications. Good news indeed: The Association views are now part of the process! For details see the LSP page.
2. Maberly Rogers Cell Tower.
A Media Release of January 24 updated citizens. As a result of citizen concern (expressed at the 15th meeting ) over health and aesthetics with the proposed location of the Rogers Cell Tower in Maberly, they together with the company, citizens and landowner have worked cooperatively and have found a new location satisfactory to all. This will be on higher ground, 700m north of the hamlet. As a result, wireless service for local residents, travellers along Highway #7 and emergency services will be greatly improved. A speedy collaboration to the benefit of the community!
Our Councillor, Rob Rainer, issues a personal newsletter which he emails to a list of interested people every Sunday. To receive this, contact him firstname.lastname@example.org.
LSRLPOA membership dues can now be made by Interac-e -Transfer
For details please see Membership
In order to vote and run for election at the AGM in July, members need to be in”good standing” i.e. Dues for 2018/19 must be paid by May 31, 2019.
On February 20, a Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Media Release informed about a Conservation Ontario video which provides an overview of drinking water protection in Ontario.
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, Meaghan 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
RECENT POSTINGS AND LINKS
The May 2019 Nature Notes is now posted . See Environmental page
On May 13, Tay Valley Township posted “ Effects of Flooding on Various Tree Species and Ways to Mitigate Harm done to them” by Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist. Details on 2019 listings page here
From the FOCA May 2019 Elert good news that the Lake Partner Program will be in full operation for 2019 – thanks to all Associations and individuals who contacted the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) and the premier. More information
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 .
Drummond North Elmsley Township will not be spraying in 2019 also.
On February 20 Lanark County Council had a presentation by The Friends of Lanark County (FOLC) “ Ten lessons learned from the Adopt -A -Road program”. See this excellent presentation and if you agree, consider writing to Lanark Council members to request discussion on this rather than just receiving it for information. Also Dr James Coupland presented on” Managing Roadside Habitats to Conserve Plant and Insect Diversity”. For more information on Dr Coupland and his work in developing sustainable solutions see . A February 6 Press Release from Lanark County about Council approval of the Vegetation Management Action Plan 2019 can be found in the News & Public Notices section of the Tay Valley Township website.
A Release by the Friends of Lanark County (FOLC) which includes some pictures of the effects of the County spraying last year see here.
– Friends of Bolingbroke Road Adopt-A-Road Group
Plans for 2019
Pulling will be starting in July. Volunteers are essential to the success of this project. As last year, we are hoping to “assign” a section of the road to specific volunteers who will keep an eye of this for the season. However, if this is not manageable, assisting for even a few hours would be welcomed. Eileen would be very happy to hear from anyone wanting to help or wishing to have more information before volunteering.
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.
Of interest is the recent exchange in the Provincial Legislature between Health Minister Christine Elliot and MPP Randy Hillier on behalf of a constituent family’s considerable difficulty obtaining medical care for their son within the Ontario system.
Councillor, Rob Rainer recently conducted a citizen survey to determine opinions on this topic. The results are available by contacting email@example.com
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
On December 12, the November-December issue of Around the Rideau (ATR) was posted on their website in the Publications section.Topics of interest are the Budget and Work Plan for 2019 and details of the Winter programming
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.
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.