Bitter, Burdock, Little Redstone, Pelaw & Redstone
Practical Lake Protector Tips
We all care about the health of our lakes but who is looking after lake health? Governments of all stripes are cutting back on the people and programs that used to protect our lakes and give us up to date data on lake health indicators. Lake associations can help fill this void but only if all of us step up individually and become Lake Protectors.
What can we do to make a difference? The C.H.A. has some of the most knowledgeable lake health scientists in Canada as scientific advisors and we asked them that the question.
Based on their advice here are the most powerful steps you can take to protect your lake:
Keep your septic system healthy; septics are the # 1 contributor of phosphorous to our lakes in Haliburton County. The more phosphorous the greater the chance of an algae blooms.
take 20 minutes and watch “Poop Talk“ and then take action by:
Keeping anything that can kill bacteria out of your septic system
Minimize and spread out the use of water
Have your system inspected by an inspector who will take the lid off and do a proper physical inspection
Big, small, old or new, all lake associations' purposes are similar - to maintain, protect and improve the quality of its waterways, lakes and watershed, its membership and property owner’s interests and the life style and lake community. It is one of the most important tools in building a strong sense of community and well-being for our lake and adding to your property’s value.
Benefits of joining the Redstone Lake Cottagers Association
We work to protect your property values through close contact with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)
Membership fees are needed to build up reserves (war chest) to deal with any potential environmental issues, i.e. Blue Green Algae, Invasive Species Eurasian Milfoil which would be extremely costly to eliminate from our lakes should they occur
We monitor water quality monthly from May to October at several locations on our lakes
In 2014 we joined the Love Your Lake program and shoreline assessments were conducted. Results and recommendations were mailed out to all property owners who participated
We alert cottagers of potential issues affecting our lake and properties
We have an Annual General Meeting in July with speakers that address topics of interest to our members; water quality, septic maintenance, County road maintenance, boating & ATV safety
Our Executive interacts with local politicians regularly. Your membership increases our strength in defending your interests
RLCA is a member of CHA, Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners’ Associations
RLCA is a member of FOCA, Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations
RLCA is a member of CEWF, Coalition for Equitable Water Flow
Our newsletter is distributed monthly as an email to all our members in good standing
New members receive a map of the Redstone Group of Lakes and 2 RLCA membership signs
We represent Bitter, Burdock, Little Redstone, Pelaw and Redstone Lakes
Our members in good standing enjoy discounts with a number of our local businesses such as Arborview Tree Care, Superior Propane, French’s Septic, as well as insurance companies like Dawson Insurance Brokers, Floyd Hall Insurance Brokers. See our website for details.
We provide a membership confirmation letter to identify you as a member in good standing of RLCA
There is not sufficient natural shoreline within Haliburton County, not by a long shot, according to the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations (CHA).
“This is a very preliminary report,” CHA chairman Paul MacInnes told Haliburton County councillors as he presented findings from the coalition’s shoreline improvement project during a Feb. 22 meeting.
Also called the Love Your Lake program, during the past three summers, the CHA has hired evaluators – typically university students in the environmental sciences – to travel lakes by boat, assessing properties based on numerous factors including development setbacks, docks, slope, invasive species, retaining walls, etc.
The results of those evaluations are then sent confidentially to property owners, with suggestions on how to better naturalize their shorelines.
KLCOA is organizing a Spring Clean-Up for the stretch of Kennisis Lake Road from before West Shore to Redkenn / Landfill scheduled for May 6th. Brenda Smith is again leading the charge for us on this. You can contact Brenda at email@example.com for this stretch.
RLCA will be organizing a couple stretches i.e. Redkenn Road to the Wolf Centre, Kennisis Lake Road down to Bitter Lake Road, Coleman Lake Rd up to Bitter Lake Road, We could also do Klondike Trail and Bitter Lake Road. If you are interested in participating for an hour or so, please email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Make your morning walk a little more interesting, each volunteer would be given a short stretch. BTW, this is a great way for kids to get in their volunteer hours for secondary school so we'd appreciate their help as well as that of "we oldies"....
Dates are Saturday July 9th (10AM – 4PM) and Sunday July 10th (10AM – 3PM). This event is like that Studio Tour but featuring the local artists of Kennisis Lake and area. All sites are accessible by water and by road. There is good signage on the road to identify the exhibitors. For more information visit http://www.klcoa.org/