Otty Lake Association

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Welcome to the Otty Lake Association Website

Watch your wake on Otty Lake!

A new look for the OLA Website

You'll notice the OLA website has a fresh, new look as of July 2014. We will be adding to the site as we go, so please check back frequently (and hit refresh!) so you can see any new additions to the site. We would appreciate your suggestions of topics you would like addressed. And if you find a broken link or other glitches, we'd like to know that, too. Just email us.

Kudos to Rick Stojak, our retiring Webmaster, for his dedication to maintaining the site for the past eight years. We hope to see lots more of his beautiful photos on this site in the future.

Check out our old website and see how we have changed!

Blue-Green Algae in Upper Rideau Lake has Dissipated

The blue green algae appeared that appeared in NcNally's Bay on Upper Rideau Lake has now dissipated. The algae was identified as a species that produces toxins which make the lake water both dangerous and unusable for drinking and swimming. Residents are asked to use caution in resuming their recreational use of the lake.

While cyanobacteria is often present in low concentrations in Eastern Ontario water bodies, it is a complex set of conditions, including nutrient loading, that causes them to multiply and blooms to form. Please don't feed the algae in Otty Lake!


Here are some additional resources:
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit News Release, August 14, 2014
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit Update, August 15, 2014
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit Update, August 18, 2014
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit Update, August 21, 2014
Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) and their Toxins (Health Canada)
MOE for Cottagers and Homeowners (2005)
MOE for on Drinking Water Systems (2014)
MOE Information About Blue-Green Algae (2014) - Background, Human Health, Drinking Water
Dan Butler Ottawa Citizen Story August 13, 2014 - Suspected Blue Green Algae Blooms Found in Upper Rideau Lake
Dan Butler Ottawa Citizen Story August 15, 2014 - Blue Green Algae in Upper Rideau Lake Contain Toxins Test Confirm
Dan Butler Ottawa Citizen Story August 19, 2014 - Suspected Blue Green Algae Reported Upper Rideau Lakes North Shore

Reno Rescue LogoCottage Renovation Rescue

Reno Rescue, a new Cottage Life TV renovation series, is looking for two cottages whose renovations have stalled.  Applicants have the opportunity to win a free renovation completion by a team of experts. Production starts this fall.

Note that the OLA Board, while it supports this initiative, is not in a position at this time to endorse Mountain Road.

Weed CuttingCutting Aquatic Weeds

Waterfront property owners at Otty lake are entitled to cut and remove aquatic vegetation in a specified area in front of their properties, provided they comply with certain provincial regulations.  One of the requirements is to place the cut plant material “on dry land”.   See Other Water Issues page. 

However, if you see free floating weeds, do not assume a neighbour has cut them.  It  may also be the result of natural die-off or the weeds having been cut by motorboats. 

Volunteers NeededFish Spawning Enhancement Phase II Volunteers Needed 

Save the Dates!

We need able bodied folks from the Otty Lake Community to make the second phase of this project a reality. This project is the single largest initiative to rehabilitate and enhance spawning grounds for bass ever undertaken in Eastern Ontario, and has received critical acclaim in the conservation community. 

Algae monitoringCitizen Water Watch - Report a Siting

Noticing green algal blooms or excessive aquatic plant growth in your lakes or rivers? You can now easily report it! The Citizen Water Watch website allows recreational water users to report any observations of green algal blooms or excessive aquatic plant growth to a central data base. These observations will help to better monitor green algae and aquatic plant growth in Eastern Ontario lakes and rivers.

Bass on Spawing BedFish Habitats on Otty Lake Show Great Results - RVCA

The Otty Lake Association and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority’s (RVCA) quest to enhance spawning, nursery and feeding areas for smallmouth bass in Otty Lake is seeing positive results.

Recent monitoring of the project shows impressive early results. Of the 43 visible nests, 38 were in use with a male bass guarding the nest.

“The new beds are doing exactly what we hoped they would do,” said Jennifer Lamoureux, RVCA Aquatic and Fish Habitat Biologist.


running tapWell Water Sampling Opportunity

OLA members were given an opportunity to have an analysis of the chemical quality of their well water by Caduceon Environmental Laboratories at a reduced rate.   Derek Smith reports that he gave out 25 sets of bottles at and just after the AGM, which permitted the laboratory to analyze for 17 different chemical elements. Nineteen people submitted their samples and paid the $100 fee (a significant discount over the normal rate of  $141.25).

As of August 1,  seven people had asked Derek to review their chemical results.  “All seven have excellent water quality, with all elements meeting the standards for chemical potability. People with wells in the areas of the lake with marble (calcium carbonate) bedrock have very hard water and the use of water softeners is recommended. People with wells in granitic bedrock don't have this problem, as their groundwater is less mineralized. I have seen no evidence of any groundwater contamination in any of these analyzes.” 

Trillium Funds Aquatic Plant Research and Education

Trilllium IconThanks to a generous contribution from the Ontario Trillium Foundation a collaborative led by Friends of the Tay Watershed Association, Carleton University, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority are teaming up to research aquatic algae and plant growth in our local waterways. The partnership wants to better understand what is causing algae blooms and excessive aquatic plant growth and learn how to educate residents to best manage and work together to address the issue. Otty Lake has successfully applied to be one of the study lakes. As a first step, Lake Steward Murray Hunt has collected Otty Lake's 40 years worth of water quality monitoring data into one format for the RVCA to use.



Campfires and Open Air Burning

campfireSmall, confined, supervised fires used to cook food (such as campfires) do not require a permit, but are not allowed during a burn ban. Any other open air burning, including burn barrels, requires a permit, although a new permit is not required every year.  Prior to the date the  burning is to take place, the person with the permit is required to contact the Administration office of the Fire Department.  You could be liable for costs incurred if you do not obtain a permit, or do not meet the conditions for burning laid out in the permit. Note that most years there is a Lanark County-wide fire ban between April 1 and May 15.

Permits can be obtained through Drummond/North Elmsley Tay Valley Fire Rescue Administration Office at 14 Sherbrooke St., Perth,  613-267-2596, or through the Tay or Drummond/North Elmsley Municipal offices.   Drummond/North Elmsley Tay Valley Fire Rescue Services operates with one full time Fire Chief, two volunteer Station Chiefs and 60 volunteers.