Upper Rideau Lake Association
Box 67, Westport, ON, K0G 1X0
The Upper Rideau Lake Association (URLA)is a non-profit volunteer organization of seasonal and permanent residents, holiday lake users, and residents of the village of Westport, interested in promoting and protecting the natural environment of the Upper Rideau. The Association a strong voice to its members in regional bodies governing the lake and participates with other lake associations in projects and alliances.
URLA 2019 Tree and Shrub program: Naturalized lake shorelines trap runoff effectively, acting as a buffer to absorb contaminants that keep lakes cleaner and also reduce algae and weed growth. Additional vegetation reduces erosion and provides better overall habitat for may fish species.
To encourage more planting along the lake, the Upper Rideau Lakes Association (URLA) with the support of the Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, is pleased to announce a new program for property owners on Upper Rideau Lake.
The program will provide low cost potted trees and shrubs, and bareroot seedlings for planting in May, 2020. The cost for URLA Members is $3 / tree or shrub ($12 for non-members). The bareroot seedlings are FREE for URLA members. To order potted trees and shrubs or bareroot seedlings, please complete an order form here. Deadline is November 15, 2019
We are involved in Water quality, Environmental Programs, Fisheries Studies, Monitoring of aquatic vegetation and exotic weed growth, Projects to address nutrient abatement and Research programs that allow us to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of the lake and the source of any pollutants. Other activities are navigational markers, Shoreline restoration, Septic field inspections and our Newsletter. For more information and to join us visit urla.ca
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- URLA 2019 Tree and Shrub Programs - Naturalized lake shorelines trap runoff effectively, acting as a buffer to absorb contaminants that keep lakes cleaner and also reduce algae and weed growth. Additional vegetation reduces erosion and provides better overall habitat for may fish species. Planting more trees and shrubs along your shoreline is among the easiest and most beneficial things you can … Continue reading URLA 2019 Tree and Shrub Programs
- Upper Rideau Lake Water Quality - Water Safety and Safe Water By Dave Counter URLA Director of Water Quality The winter of 2019 left us with an abundance of water. High water levels come with strong currents and when you add some unpredictable wind it can be disastrous for boaters. This combination of high water and wind delayed the opening of … Continue reading Upper Rideau Lake Water Quality
- Photo contest! - URLA Members: Go through your photos of our lake in 2019 and submit your best to our contest. Contest Rules: Photos must be from around our lake accompanied with a short description, the photographer’s name, and email address. Contest closes December 31/19. Winners will be contacted by email and prizes issued. Winning photos will be … Continue reading Photo contest!
- Busy summer… now full steam ahead! - Message from the President I hope that all of you have had a wonderful summer and fall, out “at the lake”. I always find this a very busy – and poignant – period, as we store away our summer furniture, winterize equipment, and otherwise get ready for the coming frost! It is a busy period … Continue reading Busy summer… now full steam ahead!
- Have your say onthe future ii for Foley Mountain - Oct. 10, 2019 – We’re updating Foley Mountain Conservation Area’s management plan, and we want your input on the future of Westport’s favourite outdoor oasis. The updated plan will guide the next 10 years of resource management, habitat enhancement, programming, infrastructure upgrades and other developments at Foley Mountain to best meet the needs and desires of … Continue reading Have your say onthe future ii for Foley Mountain
- - Reposted from the Big Rideau Lake Association. There is a reference to cormorants on the Upper Rideau.
- Electors may be able to vote in their cottage riding. - An elector can only vote once. You may be able designate your cottage as your “ordinary residence” and vote in this riding. In a federal election, even if you own property in more than one place, you may vote only once, in the riding of your “ordinary residence.” If you intend to designate your cottage riding … Continue reading Electors may be able to vote in their cottage riding.
- Conservation 2020: Fundraising campaign to protect local natural spaces - The Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation is excited to launch Conservation 2020: a major campaign to raise $125,000 toward keeping our natural areas in public hands forever. Donors of large investments (between $10,000 and $25,000+ over five years) will be recognized in our media outreach and on the Foundation’s donor board. They’ll also receive some fun … Continue reading Conservation 2020: Fundraising campaign to protect local natural spaces
- Rideau Valley Native Shoreline Species List - Rideau Valley Native Shoreline Species List Planting native species helps ensure that your planting will succeed. For a complete seven page list of all plants click Native Shoreline Species List
- URLA water quality - Watershed Watch URLA have contracted the services of the Centre for Sustainable Watersheds to monitor the health of Upper Rideau Lake, 2002-2004. Water samples are taken at each of 12 established sites around the Lake. URLA volunteers have also aided the RVCA in their testing for the Watershed Watch Program, 2005-2010. Data taken from the samples is … Continue reading URLA water quality
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