A ten-year snapshot into boating and off-road incidents investigated by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has revealed that capsized boats and lack of safety equipment have been the most common factors in fatal boating incidents while alcohol leads the list of factors in off-road vehicle (ORV) incidents.
The June edition of the OLA newsletter has been posted. Included are reminders of upcoming events, how this area came to have resident Canada Geese, first steps to take when planning a cottage renovation, and about the making of underwater hazards. Lake Steward Murray Hunt explains blue-green algae and what to do in the unlikely event you discover a bloom on Otty Lake.
Come find out what your association has been up to! This year we will be shifting the focus onto resident-led lake improvement projects like water quality monitoring and fish spawning enhancement. Learn about algae research, invasive species, blue green algae and upcoming events. Information displays and social time 8:30 - 9:30, meeting 9:30 - 11:30. A new OLA board will be elected that day.
June 12, 2015 – For the first time since November, 2014, the precipitation indicators are all close to normal which means that the Rideau watershed is no longer in a drought. Flows in all watercourses have risen to above normal for the time of year and rain today and this evening bring the possibility that smaller streams could overflow their banks. Everyone should be cautious when near any size streams which will be flowing faster than they have since the spring freshet.
Both area conservation authorities have advised that the area is experiencing lower precipitation than normal and the lakes and rivers water levels are below normal. Be cautious when boating as shoals may be closer to the surface than expected. Long range weather forecasts for the summer indicate that there will be near normal precipitation and temperatures. The CAs encourage everybody to use water wisely.
Tay Valley residents can access the HHWD in Middleville, 4686 Wolf Grove Road, until Thanksgiving. The site is available to all residents of Lanark Highlands and Tay Valley Township. The depot is open during all regular Middleville waste site hours: Monday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Drummond North Elmsley residents are entitled to use the HHWD on Patterson Cres. in Carleton Place. It is open Saturday mornings 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. until August 29th, and is available to certain municipalities within Lanark County.
The condition of the Otty Lake shoreline directly impacts on the health of Otty Lake. The recently completed Otty Lake Shoreline Assessment Summary Report is a new resource that provides baseline data that will help in the planning of future Otty Lake shoreline stewardship activities. The Report is a lake-wide summary of the information gathered through the 2013 Love Your Lake surveying of 474 Otty Lake shoreline properties (totaling 93.3 % of the Otty Lake shoreline).
Expect a visit from your Area Counsellor some day soon with your summer information package. He or she is your contact point with the OLA, or can fill you in on OLA activities if your aren’t already a member. Current members can renew by passing their $20 OLA membership fee on through the counsellor. We still have a couple of openings for Area Counsellors if you would like to spend some time getting to know your Otty Lake neighbours. Contact Phil or Gail. Photo: Karen Hunt and Reid and Christine Kilburn assembling the packages.
If you get this inexpensive concoction brewing, you will have some ready to keep deer from munching away at your garden this spring. You just need some eggs and a sealable jug to get started.
Wildflowers and shoreline shrubs are still available to the Otty Lake community. Orders for Cardinal Flower and Blue Flag Iris are still being accepted. Added to the list of flowers available: Yellow Loosestrife. All the shrubs are still available.
The OLA is subsidizing 50% of the cost in order to encourage shoreline planting. Quantifies are limited, so orders are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pickup day is Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
RVCA's Shoreline Naturalization Program is working with landowners to plant 5,000+ healthy, native trees and shrubs along waterways this spring. These new plants will help protect water quality, reduce erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. Want to participate next year? Program staff will help you design your own individualized shoreline naturalization project. Custom planting plans, native plants and assistance with planting are all available to shoreline landowners. If you live in the Rideau Lakes area, you may qualify for a FREE project this year. Site visits begin in June. Contact Andrea for more information at ext. 1173 or andrea for more information at ext. 1173.
Tay Valley Township has announced the designation of an important tree in Maberly as the first to be recognized in the township’s new 200th Anniversary Legacy Tree Program. A heritage plaque will be placed at the site in a ceremony next summer.
The new Legacy Tree Program, one of the 200th Anniversary celebration activities, will recognize the role that trees and forestry played in this area’s early development. Trees that have a unique value, because of age, size, or significant historical or social importance to the community, will be designated and receive a certificate and, where appropriate, a plaque.
Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are now required near sleeping areas in all residential homes in Ontario. This includes summer cottages, cabins, RVs, trailers or boats with sleeping quarters. CO comes from the incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels . It is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, toxic gas that when breathed in can lead to illness and even death. People are most at risk while they sleep. Batteries should be tested monthly, and replaced yearly. The CO legislation came into effect October 15, 2014.
There are a number of ways that concerned citizens can help monitor wildlife and other natural phenomena in their own communities. If you are a keen observer of birds, butterflies, bumblebees, frogs, loons, or turtles, for example, consult this list.
The purpose of this document is to summarize the physical, chemical and biological monitoring programs that were conducted on Otty Lake during the April to October period this year and evaluate the health of the overall Otty Lake environment.
It is the intention that this summary be completed annually.
We normally only think about algae when they “go bad,” and because this tends to attract press, we might think it’s a fairly common occurrence. The simple and largely unrealized truth is that we’d be stupid, hungry and dead without algae.
So says Norman Yan in the FOCA's August 2014 Lake Stewards newsletter. Read how algae are a vital part of the lake ecosystem.