Nature Notes by Alison Bentley, LSRLPOA Rainbow Lane Area Representative.
A request from a graduate student in Environmental Studies at Queen’s University
Members are invited to participate in a survey which will contribute to a Research Study” Exploring, Developing & Evaluating Drinking Water Vulnerability Assessment Measures Implication for rural Ontario communities using private groundwater drinking sources”. The survey will only take 10 -12 mins and can be accessed herehttps://surveys.publichealthontario.ca/SE/?st=U8fH8Nlnlt6u%2fQAA4almtGKACo5TbB1AMFQfXAHJDdY%3d
The Association makes available to each property owner a copy of the booklet “A Shoreline Owner’s Guide To Healthy Waterfronts”. This excellent publication provides background information and advice on ways to make the most of your shoreline property while living in balance with the lake’s fragile ecosystem. This is now included in the Helpful Handbook. Contact your Area Representative if you do not have a copy. It can also be accessed online by clicking on A Shoreline Owner’s Guide.
Here are two other publications with pertinent information for property owners:
A most informative pamphlet, “Who to Call”, produced by RVCA is useful when doing projects around the cottage, see Checklist.
There are a lot of environmental concerns that are specific to waterfront living. See below for a list of websites for additional resources, information on household products and links to Management/Stewardship Plans of neighbouring Lake Associations.
|Rideau Valley Conservation Authority||www.rvca.ca|
|Mississippi Valley Conservation||www.tayvalleytwp.ca|
|Friends of the Tay Watershed||www.tayriver.org|
|Ontario – MNR||www.mnr.gov.on.ca|
|Centre for Sustainable Watersheds||www.watersheds.ca|
|Ontario – MotE – Lake Partner Program||Lake Partner Program|
|Ontario – MNR – Biodiversity||www.ontario.ca/biodiversity|
|Ontario Land Trust Alliance||www.olta.ca|
|Eastern Ontario Model Forest|
|Lanark Local Flavour||www.lanarklocalflavour.ca|
|Rideau Valley Field Naturalists||www.rvfn.ca|
|Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists||mvfn.ca|
|Ministry of Housing – Ontario Building Code||A Guide to Operating & Maintaining Your Septic System|
|LandOwner Resource Centre||www.lrconline.com|
|Guide to Less Toxic Products||www.lesstoxicguide.ca|
|Beaver Baffler – MNR||Beaver Baffler|
|Health Canada – Hazardchecheck||Hazard Check|
|Green Communities Canada||www.greencommunitiescanada.org|