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.
Phase III of the of the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Project will involve the placement of additional bass spawning beds, cornerstones at existing spawning beds, and brush piles for a wildlife, as well as wood duck, swallow and bat boxes. Contact Wally Robins of the OLA or , Jennifer Lamoureux at RVCA to see how you can help.
Come out for some family fun at Maple Glen Waterfront Park, from 11:00 to 1:30: a magic show by RyGuy Magic, family games and a BBQ. A $3 donation per person for the BBQ is suggested. Take the Otty Lake Side Road then turn left on Otty Way. See you there!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.