Bursary Available from Friends of the Tay Valley

Do you know a continuing student who could use a little financial support?

The 2019 Water Guardian Bursary is open to a graduating student or an alumnus of a Tay Watershed high school pursuing post-secondary studies in Environmental Science or a related program concerned with the environment and water sustainability. 

Being a bursary as distinct from a scholarship, this opportunity offers the student financial assistance based not on marks, but on a passionate interest in the environment and water sustainability. 

Notices have been posted and application forms made available at each of Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute, Perth and District Collegiate Institute, St. John Catholic High School in Perth and the Granite Ridge Education Centre in Sharbot Lake. Check with the Guidance Councillor. 

Information and an application form are also available at http://www.taywatershed.ca/documents/BURSARY-2019.pdf Applications and supporting letters may be submitted to the appropriate school person for bursaries and scholarships for onward transmittal to The Friends of the Tay Watershed Assn. 

Applications may also be submitted directly to the Friends of the Tay Watershed Assn
by e-mail to friends@taywatershed.ca  , subject “Bursary”
through Canada Post to P.O. Box 2065, 57 Foster St., Perth, K7H 3M9

Parks Canada Water Management Update from the Rideau Canal

Please see below for the water management update from the Rideau Canal for May 4th, 2019.

“Parks Canada's water management team continues to actively monitor water levels and flows, and weather forecasts across the Rideau Canal.

Recently, Parks Canada launched the Ontario Waterways Water Management InfoNet on the Rideau Canal website at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/Rideau/info/infonet The InfoNet contains background information on water management practices, water management updates, frequently asked questions about water management, various reports on water management, and the most recent water levels of lakes along both the Rideau Canal and the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Of specific note is the water levels tool within the InfoNet which provides lake levels data from the last 30 days and graphic representation of levels for the current year. The information comes from hydrometric gauges located at key points along both waterways and is vetted by trained and experienced Parks Canada water management staff.

This information is intended as supplemental information only. Stakeholders should continue to refer to their respective Conservation Authority or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as the primary source for relevant flood forecasting information specific to their area.


The five day weather forecast is predicting  a relatively dry period with less than 5 mm of rain.  


In the short term, water levels and flows are now receding. The Rideau Canal Water Management team will be actively monitoring the changing conditions. Any watershed condition updates will be released by your Conservation Authority. 

Cataraqui River

Lake levels have stabilized and are near the average for this time of the year. Water levels in Colonel By Lake remain high but are receding.

Tay River

Bobs Lake and Christie Lake levels remain above full, have stabilized and are declining. The levels on both lakes will continue to be monitored. The Tay River has peaked and is receding.

Rideau River

Wolfe Lake , Upper Rideau Lake and Big Rideau Lake levels are all near the average values for this time of the year. All the river reaches from Smith Falls to Burritts Rapids are at or near seasonal levels.  Levels on the Long Reach are now below full and flows in Rideau River have stabilized but remain above average for this time of the year.”

RVCA Releases its Annual Report

Media Release: “The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has released its 2018 annual report, and among our many accomplishments from the past year, the planting of our six millionth tree stands tall.

“Every year we partner with landowners to reforest abandoned farm fields and other unused land,” said Scott Danford, manager of the reforestation program at RVCA. “Putting this land to work promotes wildlife and biodiversity, protects soil from erosion and improves water quality, while improving the look and value of these private properties.”

And that’s just one program of many at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, which monitors watershed health across a vast swath of land from Central Frontenac to Merrickville-Wolford and all the way to downtown Ottawa.”

Click here to read more.

Open House on Rideau Lakes Official Plan Update

Join the community conversation!

Rideau Lakes is embarking on a major update to its Official Plan. This regular process of review and update is required under the Planning Act. The purpose of an Official Plan is to ensure that future planning and development meets the community’s needs. Any updates to this document will be prepared through extensive public consultation to identify what those needs are.

There are 2 upcoming meetings of interest to the Rideau Lakes community:

1. Open House Date: April 16, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Newboro Community Hall at 15 Drummond Street

Purpose: As part of the Community Consultation Strategy for the Official Plan Update this session will discuss Tourism and Recreation.

2. Council Meeting Date: May 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Purpose: To discuss the revisions that may be required to the Township’s Official Plan and to hear from the public about what your concerns are in regards to the Official Plan, prior to developing a draft of the future changes.

Click here for more information about this process; the current official plan can be accessed here.

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Environmental Commissioner Speaking in Ottawa on February 1st

Due to changes the Ontario government is making to the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) and the Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), after May 1st the office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario will no longer exist.

Join ECO Dr. Dianne Saxe for an opportunity for a report on energy, climate change, the environment and government performance under the EBR.

Click here for more information on the event.

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