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Lake Networking Group Meeting Notes

posted Apr 10, 2016, 11:43 AM by Pike Lake Webmaster

On Friday, April 8th I attended the Lake Networking Group meeting on behalf of the PLCA. This group consists of representatives from 25 plus lakes in the Rideau Valley and Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority regions and some from the Frontenac area. It meets to discuss best practices among lake associations and to hear news from the Conservation Authorities and other parties of interest to lake associations.

The RVCA reported on its involvement in a number of projects including the identification and management of blue-green algae, a shoreline naturalization program and a project on people, aquatic plants and healthy lakes.

The Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association (FOCA) wants cottage owners to know about their seminar called “Keeping the family in the family cottage”, a cottage succession seminar, to be held at the Perth Legion on Sunday, August 14th from 12:30 to 2:30. If you’re considering passing down your cottage to family members you should consider attending this seminar. Since the PLCA is a member of FOCA this seminar is free to our members.

And, Watersheds Canada is again organizing the Lake Links workshop, open to all interested, on October 22 at the Perth Civitan Hall. Admission is $20. The topics of the day-long event are ‘building stronger lake associations, core values of lake associations, and communications’.

We heard that the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit will hold a workshop on the topic of wild parsnip, a particularly poisonous plant that is spreading in our region. The workshop is Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 until noon at the Lanark Civitan Hall. We heard that some Townships have been spraying to control this invasive weed. Wild Parsnip is an invasive plant that is increasingly common within the City of Ottawa in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as on and surrounding rural and residential properties. Wild Parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant. This can result in long-term scarring of the skin.

The PLCA has been invited to a meeting with the OPP to discuss issues related to cottages in the region. Often this has to do with ways to protect your property through the winter and with promoting safe boating practices.

Lake associations provided brief updates on their activities. I reported on our work on a new constitution and on our September Town Hall meeting. Others spoke of loon nesting programs, fish habitat enhancement, shoreline restoration programs, the Love your Lake Program, photo contests, breakfasts and bar-b-ques, floatillas, a cookbook project, marker buoys, membership booklets and lake stewardship plans. Some of these activities our Association may look at as a way to meet our mission and build the community.  

Terry Kimmel