Nature Notes by Alison Bentley, Rainbow Lane
Algae and Weeds.
Identification illustrations of some weeds (although this is an educational page it is on a commercial aquatic control site whose product is not recommended)
Blue-green algae in Ontario (MECC) How to spot and what to do.
Recently the Association has purchased copies of the “Lake Protection Workbook” produced by Watersheds Canada for members. Also available to each property owner is a copy of the booklet “A Shoreline Owner’s Guide To Healthy Waterfronts”. These excellent publications provide background information and advice on ways to make the most of your shoreline property while living in balance with the lake’s fragile ecosystem. Contact your Area Representative if you do not have a copy.
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.mvc.on.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|