October 5, 2016 – The drought status in the Rideau River watershed remains at “Severe” because sustained flows in the streams and rivers have not been restored.As has been the case all summer, rainfall has been very erratic with significant amounts recorded at some monitoring stations and very little at others. There has been enough rain in the last two weeks to make many watershed residents forget that there is still a drought.
The Fire Ban for Tay Valley Township has been officially lifted. Please ensure that you obtain Fire Permits from the Municipal Office for all burning with the exception of small supervised campfires. These permits are FREE and good for life. Each time you burn, call the number at the bottom of the permit (613-267-2596), choose extension #2, and follow the prompts.
The DNETV Fire Rescue Department and Tay Valley Municipal Office would like to remind everyone that all burning should be continuously supervised, and that a source of water be accessible at all times to assist in preventing out of control fires. For questions or concerns please contact the DNETVFR office at 613-267-2596, extension 4.
See our latest newsletter to read about recent OLA activities: loon monitoring, the bat box project, the largemout bass spawing enhancement work day, the family picnic and more. Watch for a State of the Lake Report later this fall. If you did not get emailed a llink to the newsletter, sign up to our mailing list at right so you'll get the February 2017 issue and other notices.
If you have one of these boxes, be sure to clean it out and put in a fresh supply of wood shavings (not sawdust) this fall or winter. Cavity-nesting ducks do not carry nesting materials and won’t choose an empty box. Boxes are often not used the first year, but a duck may check it out for use the next year, so make sure it passes inspection! (Photo at left is the interior of the nesting box at the Maple Glen recreation area, taken by Jennnifer Lamoureux.)
A range of presenters from different backgrounds (e.g. real estate, municipal planning and FOCA) will explore trends in the ownership of shoreline properties in eastern Ontario, with a special focus on what those trends may mean in terms of fostering lake stewardship actions across generations. Later in the day we will explore practical tools and approaches that you can use to bolster the effectiveness of your communications and outreach to shoreline property owners. (Click on poster at left to enlarge.)
The burn ban is still in effect for residents of Drummond/North Elmsley Township and Tay Valley Township. However, Small supervised campfires, no more than 3 feet x 3 feet, are permitted.
For more information please contact the Fire Department Administration Office at 613-267-2596.
That's the work day for Phase IV of the of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Project. Work will involve the placement of additional bass spawning beds and semi-submerged brush piles that will benefit amphibians, reptiles, water mammals, insect, water birds and other aquatic life. Contact Wally Robins to see how you can help.
We didn't surpass last year's record, but we had fun! Thanks to the 87 people (and one dog) who met at the centre of the lake near the the Tay Valley and Drummond North Elmsley township line that morning. At left is a link to the drone video taken by Rob Dyke. Go to our Facebook page for great photos taken by Jason Balll from his pontoon boat. (We have recently changed our Facebook settings so you can access the page even if you are not a Facebook member.)
A pair of smallmouth bass spawning on one of the installed spawning beds from the Otty Lake fish and wildlife enhancement project.
For additional photos, see our photo gallery.
Find out more about the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement project on the RVCA's Otty Lake webpage.
A new OLA Board was elected at the July 2016 AGM, with 13 returning and two new members. At left, retiring board member Roger Nuttall receives a Certificate of Appreciation from President Reid Kilburn. New to the board are Kyla Haley and Michelle Soucy. Reid Kilburn is in his second year of his two year term as President, and Robert Cosh remains Past President. Returning board members are Cathy Kari, Christine Kilburn, Dave Bell, Chuck Shenkman, Krista Hearty McLean, Wally Robins, Barb Hicks, Ian McDonald, Gail Reid, Ann Scotton, and Derek Smith.
We are pleased to report that we have sold all 250 copies of "Our Table To Yours (OTTY)", but sorry if you didn't get one! We received many positive comments about the collection of recipes, anecdotes, historical tidbits and photos from the Otty Lake community. There are no plans for a reprint at this point. Thanks once again to our contributors and to the accommodating Perth outlets: Cafe Bean, Book Nook, Images InterAlia, Foodsmiths and the Oliver's Mapleworks stand at the Perth Farmers' Market.
If there is a tree on your property line that has died, or is in danger of falling where it would be a hazard, check if it is near a Hydro main line (Hydro's responsibility), a secondary Hydro line leading to your house (your responsibility), or in the Township's right of way (possibly Public Works' responsibility).
From Around the Rideau, May/June 2016: RVCA staff surveyed the installed spawning beds and brush bundles this spring. In
2016, 55 percent of the installed spawning nests were considered active as they were guarded by a male smallmouth bass, compared to 43 percent in 2015 and 41 percent in 2014. Several species of fish were observed around the installed brush bundles including largemouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, bluegill, rock bass and various minnows. The brush bundles appear to be providing excellent feeding habitat and cover habitat for a wide variety of fish. From more information contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A group of residents have been recording loon sitings on Otty Lake. Observations are being compiled on a Google map in order to determine the number of nesting loons and their reproductive success (babies!) for the 2016 season. The findings will be summarized for the newsletter and submitted to Bird Studies Canada as part of their "Loon Survey". Anyone interested in contributing regular observations is invited to contact Kyla at email@example.com. In particular, the group is in need of anyone who can regularly make observations at the south end of the lake (Otty Lake SW Shore Road/Jessup/Blair Poole Lane area). Check the map periodically for updates!
"At Home in Tay Valley" is an anthology of tales, family recollections and special memories of those who know it best – the people of Tay Valley. Burnstown Publishing House, together with Tay Valley Township, published a limited number of copies of the book, edited by Kay Rogers. Get your copy at the Tay Valley Township office, Balderson Cheese, Blackwood Originals, Shadowfax, the Perth Museum, the Book Nook, the Book Worm, the Riverguild, or the Village Green. Proceeds from the sale of "At Home in Tay Valley" will be directed to an annual scholarship fund.
See this poster and pamphlet from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and be prepared. Lyme disease and the ticks responsible for its spread are established throughout Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties. More tick references on our Environment Page.
You’ll want to learn to recognize this plant, wild parsnip, which is spreading rapidly in Eastern Ontario. People coming in contact with the plant’s sap have developed severe skin irritations. This plant has a yellow umbrella-like top and saw tooth leaves. Wild parsnip can be controlled by pulling or digging, or by mowing if done at the right stage of its development. Wear protective clothing and be extremely cautious when handling it, and be wary of picking wild flowers.
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.
Tay Valley residents can access the HHWD in Middleville, 4686 Wolf Grove Road, until Mon. Oct. 10, 2016. 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 September 3, 2016, 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).