Do you love to travel by pleasure boat or canoe? Launch your own adventure along Canada’s original highways.
Here’s your chance to create unforgettable memories, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Canada’s waterways.
We had a full house of 130 people inside—and snow flying outside—as FOCA members met in Toronto at the Boulevard Club for the 2019 FOCA Annual General Meeting & Spring Seminar. The theme of the day was “Association Planning: Getting it Right.” The day began with FOCA Updates from Executive Director Terry Rees who presented about the year in review, FOCA’s 20/20 Vision – A Strategic Framework, program updates and priorities for the coming year. MORE
Hazardous wasteThe Orange Drop program provides Ontario residents with a free, safe and easy way to dispose of household products that require special handling. Fully funded by industry, this network of convenient drop-off sites accepts five materials. The objective of the Orange Drop Program is to recover and recycle, or safely dispose of, these materials to ensure they don’t end up in landfills, or poured down sewers and drains.
SEVERE WEATHER DAMAGE
2018 Insurance Costs for Extreme Weather
As reported recently by Water Canada, the Insurance Bureau of Canada has determined that the cost of severe-weather insured damages in 2018 reached $1.9 billion – the fourth highest on record in Canada. Click to read the Water Canada posting.
CottageFirst: the first group program dedicated to cottagers, exclusively available to FOCA members. Get discounts and great coverage on your cottage, home, car & more. Contact Cade Associates Insurance Brokers: 1-844-CADE-1ST or visit www.cottagefirst.comfor a no obligation quote.
Ohio city votes to give Lake Erie personhood status over algae blooms
New law will allow people of Toledo to act as legal guardians for Lake Erie, and polluters could be sued to pay for cleanup cost
There are 45 historic, hand-operated locks along Canada’s Rideau Canal, all manned by polite, khaki-clad lock-keepers. After watching them whirl wheels, push gates and swing entire bridges back and forth, sit back and let the idyllic Ontario countryside float by, hopping off occasionally to visit pretty villages. The cruise is bookended by two of Canada’s most historic cities, the capital Ottawa and former capital Kingston. MORE
FLOOOOOOD. PREP 2019
It’s that time of the year — we need to get all our flood preparation ducks in a row!
RVCA uses stream gauges, weather stations, surveys of snow conditions, meteorological forecasts and computer models to determine the possibility of flooding. With spring melt or severe precipitation, the RVCA estimates the severity, location, and timing of possible
flooding and warns accordingly based on the four stages of the Flood Warning Index. RVCA maintains a flood forecasting and warning system that aims to reduce danger to people and property by providing local agencies and the public with advance notice and information.
As a property owner, you need to assess your emergency plan for minimizing flood-related property damages. If you don’t have a plan, now’s the time to make one. There are lots of excellent online resources on how to prepare your family’s emergency plan. Should flooding occur, the first response is up to you, the homeowner! If the flood is beyond your capability, the Municipal Emergency Response Plan kicks in. Your municipality is responsible for emergency response services during severe floods. It may be a good time to check out your municipality’s website and familiarize yourself with their emergency preparedness plan. Property owners, especially ones in vulnerable areas, need to have emergency phone numbers handy.
To get up-to-date information on local watershed conditions, you can sign up for RVCA’s flood forecasting and warning emails — join our mailing list at www.rvca.ca — look for “Get RVCA News.” For more information call BRIAN at ext. 1141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flood Warning Index
1. Normal — No flood conditions exist.
2. Awareness — Be informed and aware. • Water Safety Statements — High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected. • Flood Outlook Statements — Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lake shore flooding or erosion.
3. Flood Watch — Be prepared to activate your flood response plans, if it becomes necessary. Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
4. Flood Warning — Activate your flood response procedures now! Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.
Interested in accessing real-time information on stream flows, water levels and snow measurements? Our interactive monitoring tool (maps and graphs) can be seen online at www.rvca.ca/water-levels.
You can also use our online mapping tool to search for your property and see if it is located in a floodplain at www.rvca.ca/map-a-property.
RVCA’s Flood Forecasting and Warning and Low Water Response System operates
12 months a year and provides member municipalities and local residents advance notice and information about potential flooding and drought conditions.
Join or renew now. You do not need to be a lakefront property owner. Membership is open to everyone who cares about our lake. Join or renew your URLA membership online now through our partnership with FOCA: Click here.