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
Rideau Watershed still in “Severe” Drought Condition
September 6, 2016 – Sporadic and random rainfall over the last week was not enough to bring the Rideau River watershed out of the Severe Drought status reached in mid-August
Previous rain in August did cause flows and levels to increase but only for a brief period. With rain coming in small cells that affected very limited areas, levels have quickly declined again. Forecast for this week has a total of 20 millimetres possible that will not have a significant impact.
Wetlands in the upper parts of the watershed are virtually dry as are tributary streams to the rivers. The Tay River is only flowing because of outflow from Bobs Lake. This flow is needed largely to maintain a supply of water for the Town of Perth. Residents of Perth can be commended for their efforts to conserve water. Meter records indicate that water use has been reduced noticeably.
All watershed residents are encouraged to follow this lead and make every effort to conserve water be it from a ground or surface source. An example of an unnecessary use of water has been brought to our attention several times by neighbours of people who continue to water their lawns daily from wells. This practice is wasteful and is affecting what is available for other residents who share the aquifer for their water.
With water levels 23 to 39 centimetres below target for the time of year, the Rideau Canal reservoir lakes are closer to what is typical of late September to the end of October. Levels of all four of the reservoir lakes continue to decline as do those of the other lakes in the watershed.
Wetlands are dry and streams have no flow. Lakes have exposed rocks and shoals not usually seen but that are now an obstacle to boating. People are having issues with wells. Trees and other vegetation are going into autumn mode early and fish and other aquatic creatures continue to be confined to disconnected pools in otherwise virtually dry stream channels.
Until it is obvious that the system is recovering, the “Severe” Drought designation will continue to apply. The drought status will be reviewed regularly and amended as conditions warrant.
Relevant information sources are as follows:
- Ministry of Environment and Climate Change:
- Ontario’s Low Water Response program: https://www.ontario.ca/page/low-water-response-program.
- RVCA website: www.rvca.ca
- Hourly and daily streamflows and water levels: http://his.rvca.ca/rvcafwl/
In order that we can track impacts of the drought conditions in the watershed, we request that any individuals or businesses in the Rideau Watershed who may be experiencing difficulties with their wells please contact the Conservation Authority by calling 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504, ext. 1128 or by email (instructions at http://www.rvca.ca/low_water/index.html ).
Conservation Authority staff continue to monitor conditions and communicate with water managers throughout the watershed through the Rideau Valley Low Water Response Team. An update to this message will be issued as conditions warrant.
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
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…