Find out from the newsletter what the Otty Lake Associiation has been up to: summer events, shoreline enhancement, fish spawing enhancement, the new board and more.
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
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.
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.
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.
Thanks 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.
Small, 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.