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 (totalling 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.
Share your ideas, talents and enthusiasm with others who love Otty Lake.The OLA Board is looking ahead to our July AGM, when a number of directors will be concluding their two year terms and not seeking re-election. So we have a number of spots to fill! The Board generally meets three or four times a year, and attend the July AGM as well.
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.
Lots of valuable information was presented at the October 25 workshop in Perth. The morning focus was Lake Plans and the afternoon focus was algae and aquatic growth. If you missed it, the presentations are now posted on the Centre for Sustainable Watersheds site.
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.
CARLETON PLACE, Oct. 14, 2014 - A ground-breaking scientific report assessing how rivers, lakes and wetlands in the Mississippi and Rideau watersheds may be affected by climate change has been completed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Mississippi and Rideau Valley Conservation Authorities.
This release entitled Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Aquatic Ecosystems in the Mississippi and Rideau Conservation Authority Watersheds is the first of a series of studies which will become the foundation for the Mississippi-Rideau Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.
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.
Thanks to all the volunteers who came out on Sept . 15 and 16 to help improve habitat for the fish of Otty Lake. The end result was 83 spawning beds installed for smallmouth bass, 185 sunken wood clusters installed to provide shelter and feeding habitat, 58 cornerstone installations at various nests to provide cover for guarding males, and 240 volunteer hours invested. A great volunteer effort! Thanks to Jennifer Lamoureux and the RVCA for their coordination.
RVCA News Release Oct. 6, 2014 - Volunteers “Rock” Otty Lake’s Phase II Fish Habitat Enhancement Project