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Sep 2019

Screen Shot 2019-09-02 at 10.40.53Message from the President

This is my first message in my new role as President of our lake association.  I’d like to share some of what we’re doing to support our lake.

First of all, the AGM in July was very successful.  Weather was good, and we had a very solid turnout of our members.  We heard from a number of elected officials, and also Michael Yee, a senior official from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA).  The core of Michael’s message was that we all need to “give back to our lake”- and that simple message has been in my mind ever since. MORE


Most of Ontario’s waterfront property owners rely on on-site wastewater treatment systems to manage our household water. Understanding how our systems work and the importance of maintaining them is important to protect our lakes and rivers from contaminants. MORE

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 which will be sourced in or near the park.

Birch Bark Murphys Point Raffle

To purchase tickets contact Don Goodfellow: email dlg@kingston.netphone 613-273-2132. He will be happy to make home delivery of tickets.


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.

We visit your site and work with you to create a custom plan suited to your shoreline and your aesthetics.

In the Fall, we’ll come and plant the plants. We work with sponsors to subsidize the costs!

Our shorelines are designed to need minimal maintenance. Over the next few years, you’ll see your shoreline transform!

Interested? We have funding for Southern Ontario! Contact us


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New Water Samplers

Screen Shot 2019-09-02 at 11.21.49.pngTrudy Counter goes over the sampling instructions with our new sampling crew of Layla and Mason Cheikh Our sample location is outer Kanes Bay in a depth of 45’ or 13.6 m for our new generation of samplers  More pictures here: New Volunteer Water Samplers.pdf


Lake Links workshop day


Please mark Saturday, October 26th on your calendars.
You can register now by contacting  or by contacting Melissa Dakers at   or by calling 613 264-1244
The focus this year is on the important contribution that Citizen Science initiatives play in helping to understand more about our lakes, our watersheds and even more broadly, the world around us – and how you can get involved.
We are fortunate that Kat Kavanagh, from Water Rangers, will be the Lake Links 2019’s keynote speaker and Kat, along with presenters from other great Citizen Science programs such as Bird Studies Canada, Lake Partner Program and OFAH’s Invasive Species Program, will share information about their programs, their goals and the valuable contributions that Citizen Science data collection makes to understanding more about the world we live in. As well, some of the local lake associations will have an opportunity to share information about a few of the great local initiatives that are underway.

shorline gardenIf you want to be happy for a day, get drunk;
for a week, kill a pig;
for a month, get married;
for life, be a Gardner. 

Chinese proverb.


Interested in the history of the Rideau and the Upper Rideau Lake?

Visit our web site page: History of our lake.Screen Shot 2019-09-03 at 13.04.12
The Rideau Canal, opened for navigation in 1832, is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America. In 1826, Lt. Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers was assigned to create a navigable waterway from Kingston to Ottawa through a wilderness of rough bush, swamps, and rocky terrain. Five years later, in the fall of 1831, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century was essentially complete. The Rideau Canal is one of North America’s most beautiful navigable waterways, with exquisite stonemasonry admired to this day.  MORE

Dark skies

dark skies lakeHave you ever wandered around at night without a flashlight?

At first, you can’t see a thing. Yet over the next 20 minutes, your eyes slowly adjust to the darkness of the night. Yet if we shine our flashlight again, we go right back to not being able to see a thing. –

AFTER ABOUT FIVE MINUTES in darkness, our eyes become up to 30 times more sensitive than they are to bright light. After about a half hour, they become 100,000 times as sensitive. –2

On a clear night in 1994, an earthquake rumbled beneath Los Angeles and caused a city-wide power outage just before dawn. Startled awake, some residents who had stumbled outside called various emergency centers and a local observatory to report a mysterious cloud overhead. –3. MORE



OPP marine unitBriefing from OPP Marine Unit

On August 29th, at the Rideau Lakes Lake Associations Committee meeting, OPP Officer Brian Johnson spoke about the OPP Marine Unit’s work in our Township.  His main messages were:

  • The OPP Marine Unit visits each lake in the Township more than once/year, principally to enforce provisions of the Canada Shipping Act;
  • Boating accidents are a real risk (and the recent fatal accident in Lake Joseph was top of mind for those present);
  • If a vessel is “pulled over”, the OPP will check that there are enough life jackets for everyone on board (and that these are an appropriate size for passengers– e.g., for children).  The OPP will also request the driver’s Pleasure Craft Operators License;
  • Liquor (and now, cannabis) cannot be consumed while the vessel is underway.  It can only be consumed on board if the vessel is moored/anchored, and also has a permanent washroom (head), kitchen, and sleeping facilities;
  • Anglers aged 65 and over do not need a fishing license – but still need a boating license;
  • “Speeding” can be enforced in reduced water speed areas (i.e., where there is official designated signage, like the 10km/hour zones we see on Upper Rideau), and within 30m from the shore; and
  • In case of an emergency, people should  call 911.

Should people have questions or need clarification, they should contact the OPP Leeds County (Brockville) detachment 613-345-1790.  

A “Safe BoatingGuide” is available online, from Transport Canada, at


img_0612Time to renew URLA membership for 2019. Fees are due now

Support us by renewing your membership. 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: Click here.

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You may also join by mailing in your information and your cheque URLA_MEMBERSHIP_FORM.

Benefits of Membership You can help keep our lake beautiful and save money on exclusive member benefits

Become a corporate sponsor

volunteers neededPlease volunteer for a couple of hours

We are looking for volunteers on committees to run the programs people liked in our First survey summary. You can volunteer for a couple of hours, a day or on a regular basis. For example you can take a boat ride and collect water samples which can teach your kids about the environment and about volunteering.

Please volunteer by completing this contact form.



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