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 On August 10, Tay Valley Township announced that the Fire Ban has been lifted.

On August 2, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority issued a Press Release noting that Record Rains have Improved the Low Water Conditions in the Rideau River Watershed. The Low Water Status has been reduced to Minor Severity.

Long range forecasts are for warmer and dryer weather for the future. This is the reason for the reduction only to Minor Severity.

On July 24, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority issued a News Release of potential interest to our members. Thanks to special funding from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, they are covering costs for shoreline recovery projects for eligible landowners in the Tay  Subwatershed.   The complete Release can be found on the RVCA website  by clicking on the Notes & News section or by contacting 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.

Updates to the Water Conditions will be issued as conditions warrant.;’

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 on your property

                                                613-267-2596 x2

                      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. Watch out for turtles crossing our roads…..They have been seen on Rainbow Lane and on CR 36 near the crossing sign.                      

                      4. Check the Calendar of Community Events!  If you know of something coming up which could be included, please contact webmaster

    ** 136th Annual Maberly fair is on August 25th. See their new website

Recent postings and links

  LSP ( Lake Stewardship Plan). To see the  FINAL draft – 4 June 2018 : Click on the page on the sidebar. This was discussed at the AGM on July 7th and two motions: 1) to approve it and  2) to present it to the Township to include in their Official Plan- were approved unanimously by the membership. The minutes of the AGM are now posted in the “About us” section on the header.

The third, July 19, 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

Postings accessed from the header

In At the Lake – after scrolling down to TIPS there is a new posting from the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit with information on West Nile virus and recommendations to protect property owners.  This joins their most informative material on Ticks and Lyme Disease. (There is more information below  on this topic in the Update section with the work of the LymeHope group, a citizens’ group)

Another recent addition is Saving Trees which gives suggestions for protecting them from harvesting beavers. 


 – General

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 

There is a petition circulating  in  Canada to stop the use of these neonicotinoids which are exceedingly damage to bees and can cause the collapse of an entire colony.  For more information and to sign the petition

 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

  Many thanks are due to those who participated in the wild parsnip pulling during 2017. As a result of these efforts, there has not been an increase in the infestation this year.

 Our work along the roadside for the 2018 season is progressing well. We are now pulling plants which are in the flowering stage.  It is important to do this before they seed.  Please consider volunteering to help on the Association section of the road.  If you are able to spend some time on this endeavour to help protect our environment from harmful herbicides, please contact webmaster@littlesilverandrainbowlakes.com . Information about wild parsnip and tips for eradication are available. Shifts can be arranged to fit in with schedules of participants, rather than trying to arrange a group work party.

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.


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


 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 Manua .Many questions are answered about plants especially toxicity.and there is a link to the rules and regulations for plant removal.