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.
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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Individuals and their families who are members of the URLA receive the FOCA benefits which could save you thousands. Your membership helps keep our lake beautiful through efforts to reduce pollution.
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FOCA Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations acts as an information bridge between policy-makers and property owners on significant issues, including:
The long-term environmental integrity of Ontario’s freshwater resources
Fair property taxation
Effective land use planning
Risk management for volunteer groups
Rural safety and emergency preparedness in the face of extreme weather developments in recent years
Information on heritage walking tours and a selection of historical image
Ideas to keep your kids entertained and interested in nature.
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- Request to change zoning 166 Blair Point Road from Waterfront Residential (RW) to Waterfront Residential Special Exception (RW-X) - MORE
- URLA newsletter - The URLA September newsletter is now available. Click HERE to view it. -Message from the President -Cottage country septic systems overview -Friends of Murphy’s Point birch-bark canoe raffle -Province Moves to Constrain Conservation Authority Programs and Services -Protect your lake by restoring a natural shoreline -New Water Samplers -Lake Links workshop day -Interested in the history … Continue reading URLA newsletter
- Friends of Murphy’s Point birch-bark canoe raffle - Friends of Murphy’s Point provincial park is conducting a raffle of a birch-bark canoe with the draw date being October 14. The canoe will be built next month in the park by Chuck Commanda who is a member of the Algonquin First Nations utilizing materials such as birch-bark, spruce roots and spruce gum most of … Continue reading Friends of Murphy’s Point birch-bark canoe raffle
- You are invited to the next Rideau Lakes Lake Association Committee Meeting - The URLA is working – in concert with other lake Associations in the township of Rideau Lakes – to support more rigorous municipal development policy and enforcement. Rideau Lakes Council, led by Mayor Hoogenboom, has established a new Committee, the “Rideau Lakes Lake Association Committee” (quite a moniker!), which includes representation from our Association and … Continue reading You are invited to the next Rideau Lakes Lake Association Committee Meeting
- Summer Block Party Sep 1, Westport, 5:30pm -
- Province Moves to Constrain Conservation Authority Programs and Services - NEWMARKET (August 19, 2019) Conservation authorities and Conservation Ontario are stunned by a letter that the Province circulated recommending that conservation authorities start shutting down any programs not related to their ‘core mandate’ as described by the Province in the proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act earlier this year. MORE
- Protect your lake by restoring a natural shoreline - Why are shorelines important? Throughout their lifetimes, over 90% of wildlife species use these land-water interfaces for food, shelter, breeding, and rearing areas. Shorelines also protect your property from erosion, and prevent harmful substances getting into your lake. The less human effects, the less likelihood you get algae blooms too. Plan We visit your site … Continue reading Protect your lake by restoring a natural shoreline
- URLA email update - UPDATE ON THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT WALLEYE STUDY OF UPPER RIDEAU LAKE The owner of lot on the North Shore Road will be repairing environmental damage to the property after the building of a path to the shore last month. Protect your lake by restoring a natural shoreline New Water Samplers … Continue reading URLA email update
- A flicker of hope in the insect world: Firefly, monarch butterfly numbers up, say Ont. researchers - More fireflies are flickering across lawns, parks and campsites in Eastern Canada this summer compared to recent years, says a researcher at Ontario’s University of Guelph. Monarch butterflies are also fluttering around Canada this year after a strong winter season in Mexico and a wet spring in Texas that saw the butterflies prepare … Continue reading A flicker of hope in the insect world: Firefly, monarch butterfly numbers up, say Ont. researchers
- UPDATE ON THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT WALLEYE STUDY OF UPPER RIDEAU LAKE - August 1, 2019 The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)- Kemptville district has provided the URLA with its decision on fisheries management options for our lake. Readers will recall the the MNRF was considering introducing significant numbers of Walleye fry and reducing the numbers of existing fish (largely bass), to help these introduced fish to grow to adult-hood. The … Continue reading UPDATE ON THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT WALLEYE STUDY OF UPPER RIDEAU LAKE
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