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The Lower Beverley Lake Association

Our Mission:

• 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

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
MEDIA RELEASE
May 9, 2017

Tips for Dealing with Flooding on your Property

Recent heavy rains across the province have swollen lakes and rivers across several watersheds and resulted in water ponding on many properties.  Some properties have been affected by flooding.

Flood water and water ponding around wells and septic systems can affect the safety of your drinking water and how your septic system works. The Leeds Grenville and Lanark Health Unit is advising those whose wells are directly affected by these conditions to boil their water for one minute at a rolling boil before drinking the water.  Have your well water tested for bacteria.

If your septic system has been affected, limit water usage by taking quick showers rather than baths, avoid using the dishwasher, garbage disposal and washing machine and flush your toilets only when necessary. Ensure your basement sump pump is not going into the septic system.

Do not pump out your septic tank when the soil around the tank or the leaching bed is still saturated with water. High ground water levels may cause an empty septic tank to float and break out of the ground, and damage the tank and connecting plumbing.

The following tips will help protect your family during flooding events: 

  • Keep your family safe by keeping family members and pets away from and out of the flood water.
  • DO NOT enter areas where electrical systems have been affected by flood water as you may be electrocuted.  Always wait for clearance from the electrical authority before entering these areas.
  • Building materials, clothing and furniture exposed to flood waters are likely contaminated with sewage and can support the growth of mold.  Some items can be cleaned and disinfected; others may need to be thrown out.
  • Ask for professional advice during clean up.  If you try to save and clean items on your own, wear protective clothing, a mask and gloves.

For more information on flooding please visit the health unit website at www.healthunit.org or call the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853.

Our 2017 Spring Newsletter is available for download HERE

NOTICE FROM RIDEAU LAKES

Did your waste and recycling collection day change?  Find out in your calendar.

About 65% of residents have a new collection day!  Starting January 3, 2017 collection routes changed following an overall of our curbside collection services last summer.

The Township of Rideau Lakes would like to advise you that the 2017 Information Calendar contains all the information you need for your 2017 curbside collection. Please read your calendar to see if your day changed and to review the rules for curbside collection.  See the front cover of your calendar directing you to the complete list of road names in the back pages (1-11).

If you are a permanent resident and have not yet received your calendar in the mail, please contact Amy by email aschur@twprideaulakes.on.ca or by phone at 1-800-928-2250 Ext 285 to get yours.  The curbside collection information is on our website as well, but most importantly in the calendar created for residents.

Seasonal residents will be advised of this change in their tax bill that was mailed out in January.  Calendars will be available for seasonal residents in mid April at bag tag outlets, local businesses and libraries.

The Township will also be holding two additional Open Houses on May 25 and July 6 for seasonal residents to attend and ask questions about their curbside collection and pick up their calendar. Please read the calendar to find out if your collection day has changed.

Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter or have your name added to our residents’ email list by emailing aschur@twprideaulakes.on.ca with the subject line “please add me”.

Have a great day,

Township of Rideau Lakes; Environmental Services Dept

1-800-928-2250 Ext 285

Managing Your Waterfront Property in a Changing Climate

Top 5 Actions Shoreline Owners can take

1. Keep your shoreline natural and enhance it if possible

A naturalized shoreline is generally considered the best multi-purpose approach to protecting the lake’s edge. Protect the natural shoreline by replanting areas that lack vegetation and maintain those areas that already exist.

2. Keep aquatic plant populations intact

Aquatic plants support the insects that fish eat, and are a primary food and habitat source for birds. In addition, aquatic plants help stabilize loose sediment and are an effective natural breakwater keeping waves from eroding the shoreline.

3. Maintain and improve your waterfront property’s health and biodiversity

Enhance biodiversity on your property by leaving rock piles, fallen tree limbs and brush piles untouched so they can function as wildlife habitat.  Re-vegetate bare grounds near streams, rivers and lakes and encourage native species of flowers, shrubs and trees to limit your maintenance work and provide shelter to native species.

4. Manage pests and disease

Understand which insects, diseases and invasive species might be expected at your waterfront property and be on the lookout for them with regular monitoring to enable early intervention and easier management.

5. Stay informed

It is important to stay informed and attuned to developments in science and research and incentive programs that may affect you and your waterfront property. Sign up to receive FOCA’s free monthly Elert (electronic newsletter) today at https://foca.on.ca!

For complete booklet: https://foca.on.ca/managing-your-waterfront-property-in-a-changing-climate/

Shoreline Owner’s Guide to Healthy Waterfronts: This guide gives a quick and easy overview of ways to make the most of your shoreline property, while living in balance with your lake’s fragile ecosystem.  https://foca.on.ca/shoreline-owners-guide-to-healthy-waterfronts/

Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources  www.climateontario.ca

From FOCA:

Electricity Pricing Fall 2016 – Winter 2017

UPDATE December 12, 2016 – Hydro One has filed an updated plan related to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) order to eliminate the Seasonal rate class.  The full 196-page report is linked from the OEB website and is entitled:  HONI_SeasonalRateReport_UPDATE_20161202

Some highlights include:

  • The elimination of the Seasonal Class will result in over 70,000 customers moving to the R1 class and close to 84,000 customers moving to the R2 class, a large majority of whom are low-consumption customers.
  • Hydro One’s detailed analysis demonstrates that the move to all-fixed rates alone (already underway) addresses the key concern of some customers that low consumption customers are not paying their fair share of costs.
  • The analysis also demonstrates that from a customer’s perspective, very little incremental benefit is gained by the elimination of the Seasonal Class. The elimination of the Seasonal Class combined with the move to all-fixed distribution residential rates results in only a small benefit to the 70,000 seasonal customers moving to the R1 class, and very large negative impacts on the 84,000 seasonal customers that would move to the R2 class.
  • Seasonal customers moving to all-fixed R1 rates will see only a small benefit from the elimination of the Seasonal Class s (i.e. a reduction of $7 to $9 in their bill)
  • Seasonal customers moving to all-fixed R2 rates will see large unfavourable impacts from the elimination of the Seasonal Class (i.e. an increase of about $65 in their monthly bill).

In particular, low consumption seasonal customers will see a 177% increase in their monthly bill if they move to the R2 class with an all-fixed rate.

Note: About 46% or 70,000 seasonal customers consume less than 150 kWh/month on average over the year.

FOCA will be intervening in these OEB proceedings on behalf of our customers, and will be advising our members ASAP how they can productively contribute their ideas about their pending electricity bills. 

 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…

 Questions, Comments or Suggestions…. contact me. lynne.jeffries@comcast.net

2 Comments

  1. lbla

    Our shoals are marked by a buoy with a solar light on them (they go in in May and get pulled in September -usually) In general, the lake is pretty deep, just stay away from the rocky points of the island and shores- the points tend to continue into the water. Welcome!!
    Lynne Jeffries
    LBLA President

    • Louise Mantha

      People who are new to the lake should also get a copy of the “Boaters’ Guide to Lower Beverley Lake”, a small brochure that gives the lay-out of the lake, some of the history, and mentions the shoal markers and other safety tips. The brochures are available at our AGM in July