The hot weather affects our lake which is eutrophic. This article is extracted from a report of Environment and Climate Change Canada. See the full report HERE http://www.ec.gc.ca/grandslacs-greatlakes/default.asp?lang=En&n=6201fd24-1
Phosphorus and Excess Algal Growth. Solutions and Actions. What is Environment and Climate Change Canada Doing to Address Phosphorus and Excess Algal Blooms?
Within the Great Lakes basin, Environment and Climate Change Canada recognizes the interconnectedness of these issues and has worked with its partners to address phosphorus and excess algal blooms by using a combination of science, governance and action. Setting objectives for phosphorus loadings to the Great Lakes is key to the success of phosphorus reduction efforts. This work is being done in collaboration with partners at the binational, domestic, provincial and local levels……
What Can You Do to Help?
Everyone can practice phosphorus reduction activities. Here are some ideas:
-Compost your food waste instead of using a kitchen food waste disposal garburator. -Keeping food out of wastewater treatment plants helps to reduce nutrient loadings info the lakes.
-Use phosphorus-free and slow release organic fertilizers on your lawn and garden, and use them only when it’s not raining or when rain is not being forecasted.
-Have your septic system inspected regularly and ensure it is properly used and maintained.
The Annual General Meeting and Barbeque on July 7, 2018 was attended by 70 people which included the mayors of Westport and the Township of Rideau Lakes and some of the councilors.
This year the URLA introduced a new website (urla.ca) with information about activities around the lake. It has links to calendars of events and services for surrounding communities, volunteer opportunities for high school students and others who want to improve our community, tourist information for visitors, and information about the ecology of our lake.
Recently, the URLA launched an initiative to have defibrillators available to neighbours at a reasonable shared cost. If a person drowns or has a heart attack, using a defibrillator in the first ten minutes may save their life. In many areas it takes more than ten minutes for emergency services to arrive.
The Ministry of Natural Resources presented information on the fish populations of Upper Rideau Lake. Walleye are not reproducing and a solution being considered is to stock the lake with shoal breeding Walleye that reproduce sustainably. However, the population of bass would have to be reduced so that the young Walleye do not just get eaten leaving us with a lake full of smiling, happy bass.
UPPER RIDEAU LAKE ASSOCIATION
Annual General meeting
July 7th. 2018, 10am
North Crosby Community Centre
8th. Concession/County Road 10
Ron Holman, Mayor, Township of Rideau Lakes
Robin Jones, Mayor of Westport
Joffre Cote, Management Biologist, OMNRF
Presentation on Defibrillators for Road Associations
9:30am – Coffee and muffins
10:00 am – Meeting
Noon – Hot dog BBQ (free)
Everyone welcome – Come and join us
2018 AGM AGENDA
2017 DRAFT AGM MINUTES
Lakes suffering from harmful algal blooms may not respond to reduced, or even discontinued, artificial nitrogen loading. Many blue-green algae responsible for algal blooms can fix atmospheric nitrogen dissolved in the water, and therefore water stewards should focus their efforts on removing phosphorus from lakes to combat algal blooms. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171218120227.htm
There are two new FOCA offers available to members of the URLA
DockinaBox discount – FOCA members get a 10% discount on either a dock frame system, or a boat lift.
InvisiRail offer – FOCA members get a 7.5% discount on an InvisiRail glass rail system for your home or cottage.
We have a new web page with lot of information about our lake, activities around the lake and the latest news in our area. Visit it at urla.ca.