The Lower Beverley Lake Association
• to foster preservation of the pristine character of the lake environment • to serve as a focal point for lake stewardship and improvement projects • to provide information concerning matters related to the lake community • to provide a forum for lake users to meet and to get know each other
This is a busy week for lake association activities
Do you own a cottage? Are you concerned about your ability to pass it on to the next generation?
The Lower Beverley Lake Association is sponsoring an informational video viewing. FOCA (Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations), of which the Lower Beverley Lake Association is a member, has made available a DVD of the information they provide at their seminar “Cottage Succession.” As a service to the community, LBLA will be showing this DVD free of charge to the pubic on August 3, 2016 in the Delta Fair Building at 7pm. The video lasts about 60 minutes and is filled with information about to keep your cottage in the family. (Bring something to take notes with. There is a lot of information in this video)
If you are unable to attend this event, FOCA is hosting one in Perth: Sunday, August 14th, 2016 12:30–2:30pm at the Perth Legion, 26 Beckwith Street East, Perth. This is free to lake association members because LBLA is a member of FOCA.
The Lower Beverley Lake Clean-Up day will be on Thursday, August 4th at 10:00 a.m. with a rain date of August 5th. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Delta Mill Creek boat ramp; pizza lunch will be provided. Everyone is welcome!
The Lower Beverley Lake Association’s Annual Picnic will be held in Kendrick’s Park on Saturday, August 6th starting at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join Association families for an afternoon of food and fellowship. Bring a dish of food to share; hot dogs will be provided.
Algae — Too Much of a Good Thing
RIDEAU VALLEY, July 11, 2016 — Have you noticed an excess of green algae on your lake or river this spring?
Algae and aquatic plants play an important role in maintaining the health of our waterbodies. But when you have too much — it can negatively impact recreational use and threaten our aquatic ecosystems.
Excessive algae and aquatic plant growth can have natural causes like warm water and air temperatures, early ice-off dates, strong sunlight exposure and extended periods of calm water. Quite often, excessive growth can be caused by high levels of available nutrients — both naturally occurring and man-made.
While we have little control over the natural causes of excessive algae growth, there a number of things landowners can do to make sure they are not contributing excess nutrients to our lakes and rivers:
1) Good septic system maintenance — In addition to being a source of potentially harmful bacteria, malfunctioning septic systems can release high levels of nutrients like phosphorous and nitrogen into our waterways. Property owners should have their private sewage systems inspected and pumped every three to five years. Be sure to watch for warning signs of a leaky septic like foul odours, soggy areas and unusually lush grass around leaching beds. Better yet, if you live in Rideau lake country, contact the Mississippi Rideau Septic System Office for more information or to book a septic inspection.
2) Increase plant cover on your property — Native trees and shrubs are especially important along shoreline areas — so keep it natural by creating a “no-mow” zone along 75 percent of your shoreline frontage and plant deep-rooted, native tree and shrubs. Vegetation helps by taking up and filtering out excess nutrients entering the water through run-off, increasing infiltration and shading waterbodies. Need help? RVCA’s Shoreline Naturalization Program can help by providing site visits, custom planting plans, native plants and assistance with planting.
3) Reduce your runoff — Every time it rains, water “runs-off” hardened surfaces on your property picking up contaminants and adding warm, polluted stormwater to our waterbodies. You can reduce runoff on your property by reducing hardened surfaces including paved walkways and even turf grass, installing rain barrels, encouraging infiltration through grassed swales, rain gardens and soak away pits and maintaining a strip of vegetation along your shoreline.
Want to learn more about algae and aquatic plants and what you can do to reduce your impact? Visit www.rvca.ca to review the new booklet Algae and Aquatic Plant Educational Manual funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. For more information on algae and aquatic plant growth, contact Kaitlin.Brady@rvca.ca, 613-692-3571 ext. 1154.
To book a free site visit through the Shoreline Naturalization Program contact- Meaghan.Mcdonald@rvca.ca, 613-692-3571 ext. 1192.
For information on septic inspections in lake country, contact Eric Kohlsmith at email@example.com, 613-253-0006 ext. 256
What is the Natural Edge?
The Natural Edge Program is designed to help landowners create a natural shoreline by planting a selection of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, groundcovers, and grasses suitable for their property. It is an easy step-by-step process that works with landowners to restore the areas of their shoreline that aren’t necessarily used for water access. The plants chosen help reduce soil erosion, improve water quality by filtering runoff, and are essential to providing habitat, including shelter and food, for over 90% of wildlife. Therefore, Watersheds Canada (WC), in partnership with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, with funding from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund (GLGCF), invites shoreline property owners within the Cataraqui watershed to participate in the Natural Edge shoreline naturalization program.
What will you receive?
We are offering an Ecological Toolkit containing: Planting of a wildflower garden, Planting of native trees and shrubs, 2 bird houses and 2 bat boxes. These all work to create habitat for wildlife such as mammals, fish, birds, bats, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.
How can you get involved?
Throughout the spring and summer, we’re offering FREE site visits for landowners! Following the site visit, project staff will create a customized planting plan indicating the recommended areas for planting and a list of suitable native tree, shrub and wildflower species. We strive to ensure our clients get their perfect shoreline as the goals and wishes of the landowner drive the plan, and all advice is optional; we will work with you to create a plan that works for you!
Planting your shoreline!
Once you approve the planting plan and sign a stewardship agreement (indicating your commitment to reasonably care for your new plants), Watersheds Canada will coordinate the ordering, delivery, and planting of all the plants on your shoreline. We will provide all the tools, materials, and labour to complete the project. We invite landowners to participate in the planting, but it is optional and voluntary.
Planting will occur in Fall 2016!
This program is funded by WC and the GLGCF. To participate in this program, landowners are required to contribute 25% of the total project costs. The cost for each project varies depending on the size of the shoreline and the number of plants and materials used. For more information, visit watersheds.ca or contact: Chloe Lajoie at Watersheds Canada: 613-264-1244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ONTARIO 2015-2016 FISH EATING GUIDE
Ontario’s new 2015-2016 guide for eating lake caught fish is out. The only contaminant concern for Lower Beverley is mercury. The whole guide can be found here. I have isolated the information regarding Lower Beverley and put it in a Word Document or an Excel Document. You can download whichever you prefer – they contain the same information
Do you have a Cottage that you have for rent on the lake??
As a service to our members and others who love and enjoy Lower Beverley Lake, we are trying something new… We will publish information about cottages on the lake that are available to rent. In order to put information regarding your cottage, you must be a paid member of the association for 2016. The cost for listing your cottage will be $60 for the season. follow link…