Here you can find Tips and Hints, pages on boating, fishing, bears, recreation, being good neighbours and more.
The following links to other websites and resources may also be of interest:
Important safety information from Canada Safety Council.
Be Tick and Lyme Disease smart. What to wear, how to protect yourself & family,how to recognize ticks and what to do if you find one. See the Health Unit and put “ticks” in the search box. You can download the information and post it in your cottage.
A citizens group concerned about Lyme Disease, started by two mothers has a most informative and supportive website. Those interested can read updates on research and subscribe to a newsletter. Www.lymehope.ca
West Nile Virus
Health Unit information on West Nile Virus
Managing Water Wells
Managing your water well in times of water shortage
Opening and Closing
For useful opening and closing the cottage reminders and suggestions, see this page from the Electricity Safety Authority and put “closing cottage” in the search box.
Be prepared for a power outage – checklist from Hydro One.
Algae and Weeds
People, Aquatic Plants and Healthy Lakes: Finding the Balance in Eastern Ontario Project
Identification illustrations of some weeds (although this is an educational page it is on a commercial aquatic control site whose product is not recommended)
Blue-green algae in Ontario (MECC) How to spot and what to do.
Algae Blooms in Ontario Lakes: Analyzing the Trends (MECC)
Public Health- Leeds, Grenville & Lanark
Recently the Association has purchased copies of the “Lake Protection Workbook” produced by Watersheds Canada for members. Also available to each property owner is a copy of the booklet “A Shoreline Owner’s Guide To Healthy Waterfronts”. These excellent publications provide background information and advice on ways to make the most of your shoreline property while living in balance with the lake’s fragile ecosystem. Contact your Area Representative if you do not have a copy.
Here are two other publications with pertinent information for property owners:
Living By Water and RVCA’s Shoreline Naturalization Program
A most informative pamphlet, “Who to Call”, produced by RVCA is useful when doing projects around the cottage:
There are a lot of environmental concerns that are specific to waterfront living. See below for a list of websites for additional resources, information on household products and links to Management/Stewardship Plans of neighbouring Lake Associations.
|Rideau Valley Conservation Authority||www.rvca.ca|
|Mississippi Valley Conservation||www.mvc.on.ca|
|Friends of the Tay Watershed||www.tayriver.org|
|Ontario – MNR||www.mnr.gov.on.ca|
|Centre for Sustainable Watersheds||www.watersheds.ca|
|Ontario – MotE – Lake Partner Program||Lake Partner Program|
|Ontario – MNR – Biodiversity||www.ontario.ca/biodiversity|
|Ontario Land Trust Alliance||www.olta.ca|
|Eastern Ontario Model Forest|
|Lanark Local Flavour||www.lanarklocalflavour.ca|
|Rideau Valley Field Naturalists||www.rvfn.ca|
|Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists||mvfn.ca|
|Ministry of Housing – Ontario Building Code||A Guide to Operating & Maintaining Your Septic System|
|LandOwner Resource Centre||www.lrconline.com|
|Guide to Less Toxic Products||www.lesstoxicguide.ca|
|Beaver Baffler – MNR||Beaver Baffler|
|Health Canada – Hazardchecheck||Hazard Check|
|Green Communities Canada||www.greencommunitiescanada.org|