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September newsletter
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-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 of the Rideau and the Upper Rideau Lake?
-Dark skies

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.

You are invited to the next Rideau Lakes Lake Association Committee Meeting

Logo Township of Rideau LakesThe 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 others. Our first meeting was largely a canvas of the expertise and ideas around the table – and there were plenty of both.
The next meeting – August 29th- will seek advice on a proposal to place development site plan conditions on the title of waterfront property in our township. These meetings are open to the public, and the next meeting is:

August 29th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Portland Community Hall – Township of Rideau Lakes
24 Water St, Portland, ON K0G 1V0

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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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 for their flight north, said Gard Otis, an adjunct professor and researcher at the University of Guelph. MORE



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 MNRF received input from the public, and from the URLA, and others, including the Algonquins of Ontario, the FMZ 18 Advisory Council, and the Westport Area Outdoor Association.  (The MNRF also made a presentation to our 2018 AGM.)

This input supported the importance of the Lake’s naturally-reproducing Walleye population.  At the same time, the input also highlighted the interest of bass and pan fish anglers, among others, and their concerns with Walleye rehabilitation efforts, which have potential to impact this fishery.

The Ministry supports an adaptive management approach to managing the diverse fishery of Upper Rideau Lake.  For a Walleye rehabilitation stocking effort to succeed, fish from a rocky shoal/shoreline spawning Walleye strain are required.  However, this strain cannot currently be produced in sufficient numbers at the Ministry’s local fish hatchery due to limited capacity.

Accordingly, the introduction of Walleye by the MNRF into the Lake is being indefinitely postponed until and unless the Ministry is able to produce the required stock and number of Walleye fry.  (However, Walleye provided by the Westport Area Outdoor Association will be introduced into the Lake to help maintain a small population.  MNRF reports that this fish stocking is not expected to affect the Lake’s bass population. )

In sum, the Ministry will not be changing the Upper Rideau Lake fishery objectives at this time, and any future changes would require further consultation with potentially impacted stakeholders and Indigenous communities.

Should readers have any questions, they should be addressed to 

Mr. Joffre Cote

Management Biologist

MNRF, Kemptville District

10-1 Campus Drive, 

Kemptville Ontario

K0G 1J0