Even though there are still a couple of outstanding issues with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, manager of development services Forbes Symon recommended South Frontenac Council approve a condominium agreement for Cranberry Cove Condominium in Storrington District at its regular meeting meeting Tuesday night in Sydenham.

Symon said that because of flood watch conditions, the CRCA hadn’t had the manpower to devote to reviewing the agreement but he was confident all its conditions were being met and the Township could remove its conditions and send it on to County. (Frontenac County is the final approval authority on condominiums.)

“The developer has been working with the Health Unit, the CRCA and the Township to satisfy the conditions of draft approval,” he said. “It now appears that the conditions have been satisfied.

“It’s not as complete with a big red bow around it as we would like but it is to a point where we can recommend entering into the agreement with the understanding that there is still an ‘i’ and a ‘t’ to be dealt with.”

Holiday Manor
Council approved an encroachment agreement for Holiday Manor in Battersea to operate an outdoor licenced patio that encroaches on a municipal road allowance.

“From a roads perspective, the encroachment is not a significant matter,” said Forbes Symon, manager of development services.

1 more month for Percy
Council extended the lease agreement with Percy Snider on Stage Coach Road for an additional month to allow Snider to complete a move to his new facility.

“I would like to see it happen so we could celebrate Canada Day with it cleaned up but he is working on it,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal.

EORN
Council passed a motion to support the Eastern Ontario Regional Network’s submission of a business case to support improvement and expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband services across Eastern Ontario. “The County has already supported this and will probably make some financial commitment to it,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal. “They’re just asking member municipalities to support it too, to strengthen the case.”

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The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority welcomed the public to its Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area facility last Sunday to present its first ever Lake Assessment Report and perhaps generate some interest in people getting involved.

There are 170 named lakes in the CRCA’s jurisdiction of which they now have report sheets on 45. The reports as well as the overview are available on CRCA website and include such information as physical features, bathymetry, phosphorus levels, calcium levels, pH levels, oxygen levels, fisheries data, species at risk, invasive species, visibility and where the lake sits on the oligotrophic-mesotrophic-eutrophic (ie water quality) scale. (Just Google CRCA lake reports.)

“Reported lakes within the Cataraqui region are generally healthy with suitable conditions to support aquatic Communities, resist changes in pH, and adapt to external stresses such as changes in shoreline habitat,” the report says. “However, eight lakes within the region have eutrophic conditions and over 40 per cent have been invaded by zebra mussels.”

Eutrophic conditions means that the water body is enriched with nutrients, which induces growth of plants and algae and may result in oxygen depletion. While it can occur naturally, in current times it is often induced by the discharge of phosphate-containing detergents, fertilizers or sewage.

Environmental Technologist Holly Evans said the “seeds of the idea” for the lake reports sprouted from all the calls they were fielding about lakes on a variety of topics.

“Technologists are always getting phone calls,” she said. “Everything from ‘I saw this weird thing on my lake’ to ‘I’m thinking of buying a property on this lake’ to ‘where can I go fishing for this kind of fish.’

“We wanted to put the answers all in one place online.”

For example, the online fact sheet on Loughborough Lake will tell you where it is (including GIS coordinates), where the boat launches are, surface area, volume, maximum depth, average depth and length of shoreline for both the east and west basins. It also features a ‘lake characteristics’ section outlining the various differences between the east and west basins as well as dams and nearby lakes.

But there’s also another reason for inviting the public and getting the word out about lake reports. They’d like some help both for lakes yet to have lake reports as well as ongoing data collection.

With the growing trend towards ‘citizen science,’ the CRCA would like to recruit some ‘partners’ to assist in various forms of data collection.

“The CRCA values the lakes in our region and we’d like to give you more information about them,” Evans said. “But we need the information (and) the best way to gather information is to engage people and build partnerships.

“We’re reaching out.”

They’re interested in just about any aspect of a lake, from temperature readings to observing wildlife. They have kits they will share as well as information on how to use them and gather information.

They’re also interested in any sort of information families may have collected over the years.

“If you live on a lake, chances are you’ve recorded when the ice went in and when it went out every year,” she said. “We want to move that information from the binder and get it online.”

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The Cataraqui Region is blessed with an abundance of remarkably unique lakes. Increasingly, the health and long term viability of these important sources of natural habitat, recreation and drinking water is a topic of great importance to those who live near and enjoy these bodies of water.

With this in mind, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has organized a Lake Information Event. It takes place on Sunday, May 28, in the Outdoor Centre at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m., admission is free.

Led by CRCA staff, this all-ages event will also be the official launch of the CRCA’s first ever Regional Lake Assessment Report and Lake Fact Sheets. The Lake Assessment Report was created to outline the importance, methods, and results of lake monitoring in the Cataraqui Region. As part of this work Lake Fact Sheets were produced for 45 lakes within the region to provide maps, note physical features, assess water quality, identify invasive species and outline aquatic diversity.

This interactive and informative session will give participants a chance to learn all about lakes including monitoring activities and how we determine the health of the lakes in our jurisdiction.

Check out displays and information from organizations including Watersheds Canada, Lake Partner Program, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Invading Species Watch Program and others. Try out lake monitoring equipment, learn about the state of Cataraqui Region lakes and your local watershed, discover the strange and wonderful zooplankton universe, learn to identify invasive species, find out how you can get involved to help collect important scientific information, participate in educational games and much more.

The Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is located on Division Street just two kilometres north of Highway 401..

For more information about the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, visit www.crca.ca or call (613) 546-4228 x 500 or toll free in the 613 region at 1-877-956-CRCA (2722).

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:10

CRCA issues flood watch for this week

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has issued a flood watch for the inland lakes and streams today.

The CRCA watersheds have received between 50 and 70 mm of rain over the last two days, which is about one month's worth of rain. Streams are rising quickly, and are expected to reach the top of their banks today or tomorrow. Localized flooding is expected.

Inland lakes are rising rapidly, and are expected to reach the levels seen earlier this year. There is the potential for significant rain at the end of the week, which could push levels even higher.

Water mangers are conducting operations to minimize effects.

Stream and river banks are slippery, water currents are strong, and the water itself remains dangerously cold. The CRCA is urging residents to exercise extra caution outdoors around lakes and streams, and to stay off the thinning ice cover and away from the cold, deep, fast flowing watercourses, as well as any dams.  The dangers of drowning and hypothermia are heightened at this time of year because of the unpredictability of water flows, ice thickness and near-freezing temperatures.

This Watershed Conditions Statement will remain in effect until May 5, 2017.

Flood Watch: Flooding is possible in specific watercourse or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.

Flood Warning: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.

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Kingston – The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority wishes to inform the media and general public that a scientist from the National Microbiology Lab of the Public Health Agency of Canada will be live trapping rodents on two CRCA-owned and managed properties this week.

Winnipeg-based Dr. Robbin Lindsay is collecting small mammals – primarily rodents – in areas around Kingston and a couple of other areas in Eastern Ontario for the purpose of collecting ticks to see if they are carrying the Powassan encephalitis virus as part of an ongoing active surveillance program, in conjunction with local public health units. He will be putting live traps in locations at both the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area and the Lemoine Point Conservation Area.

The public is being asked to stay on the marked trails and to avoid areas where active trapping is taking place. The trapping program on CRCA properties runs from Wednesday, Sept. 16 through to Saturday, Sept. 19. Animals being studied include mice, voles, shrews, chipmunks etc. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, visit www.crca.ca or call (613) 546-4228 x 500 or toll free in the 613 region at 1-877-956-CRCA (2722).  

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