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     Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) issued a Watershed Conditions Statement on April 15 concerning increased water levels on Bob’s, Christie & Wolfe Lakes and the Tay River and that there is a current flood watch there as a result of the anticipated rain plus meltwater from the remaining snow pack. We are not included but are advised to be aware and keep informed by checking the RVCA website    – there is a link to the latest Statements on the Home Page.

    RVCA has issued the Christie Lake Catchment  Report which contains Little Silver and Rainbow information. It is available online

 Conservation Authorities  affected seriously by the Ontario Budget

For details on how it could affect us

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

(Tay Valley Township has not yet voted whether to support MPP Hillier’s request …it was expected that it would be debated  at the COW meeting on January 15 and the Council on 22nd. Owing to the pressure of other matters, such as Budget, this correspondence was received for information only on 22nd.  This proposal could seriously affect those of us living on lakes. MPP Hillier will be introduced to Tay Valley Council at the COW meeting on February 5 and will address  Lanark County Council on February 6 ;the TVT Reeve and Deputy Reeve sit on Lanark Council.  Both the meetings are open to the public.  If you have concerns, please register them and any questions you have with our Councillors and the Reeves.)

Some background……

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 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 .  


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!


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

                                 For details please see Membership



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, 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!     If you know of something coming up which could be included, please contact webmaster.         

                        3. Don’t forget the Classified section.  


In the Update Spraying section below there is a link to an excellent presentation” Ten Lessons learned from Ditches of Lanark County” which was given the Council Meeting on February 20th.

On January 18 Tay Valley Township posted “ Leonard Cohen, legendary Canadian performer, had roots in Lanark County ( Tay Valley)”. Details here.

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 .  

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

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.


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.