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KLA Update: Gypsy Moth Information and Webinars Available

by Sue.MacGregor on July 29, 2020 No comments

There have been a lot of discussions and emails about Gypsy Moths and the benefits or not of organising to aerially spray next year. The Kashwakamak Lake Association (KLA) believes that every property owner needs to make an individual choice as how best to proceed.

To assist you in this process we have collated resources to help you make the best decision for your property. If you are a KLA member, then you are also a member of the Federation of Ontario Cottage Association (FOCA) and we have emailed you the details of a FOCA seminar focusing on the Gypsy Moth that you can attend on line FREE of charge this Thursday July 30th at 2:00 pm. (If you’re not a member yet, you can still join as either a Member (property owner) or Associate Member for only $15/year. Contact Don Cory, Membership@kashwakamak.ca to sign up today!

There is also an Invasive Species webinar on August 18th at 11:00 am. Please see below for more details.

Federation of Ontario Cottagers (FOCA): Thursday, July 30 at 2:00 pm (members only)

1. Invasive Species Webinar: Gypsy Moth
In response to member concerns across south central Ontario, FOCA’s next member webinar is scheduled for Thursday, July 30 at 2:00 pm: Understanding the Gypsy Moth

Join FOCA and partners for an overview about invasive gypsy moth: its life cycle, preferred habitats, forest implications of infestation and treatment considerations. This free webinar is being brought to you by FOCA and our event sponsor, Zimmer Air Services.


Important Note: pre-register by noon on July 30th at the latest, to ensure we have time to confirm and reply to you.

2.  “Forests Under Attack: The History, Dispersal and Management of Gypsy Moth”

Invasive Species Centre: Tuesday August 18, 11:00 – 11:00 am

Presented by David Dutkiewicz from the Invasive Species Centre, this webinar will focus on the history of European Gypsy Moth and its subsequent arrival into Ontario in the 1980s. It will also discuss the current affected areas throughout Canada, and the areas where gypsy moth has the potential to spread. Lastly, this webinar will examine best management options for gypsy moth and the measures landowners can take to help slow the spread and protect our forests.

  Go here to registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2378727844159323151

3. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)

The KLA reached out to the MNRF to specifically ask for a recommendation and this was the response we received:

“As per our phone conversation:

Gypsy moth is an introduced pest, and as such is a regulated pest by the federal government under the mandate of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Gypsy moth is widespread across Ontario and can be found south of a line from Sault Ste. Marie to Mattawa and is beyond the stage where it can be eradicated, and also beyond the stage where its population can be suppressed to keep it from reaching outbreak levels. Gypsy moth is expected to continue to have periodic population increases. In some years it will reach outbreak levels and cause defoliation, and with repeated years of attack may cause mortality. Outbreaks typically collapse within a few years from the combined effects of predators, parasites, starvation, and diseases such as the gypsy moth virus.

When outbreaks do occur, property owners, landowner groups, municipalities may wish to conduct spray programs or take other actions to keep the trees from being defoliated. The usual goal is to keep the trees alive and healthy until the natural controls can bring about the collapse of the outbreak. 

The MNRF does not currently conduct control programs for gypsy moth but does undertake annual surveys to aerially map the defoliation caused by gypsy moth which can be useful information for those considering control actions on their lands. MNRF also provides scientific advice and guidance to landowners, municipalities, and others on gypsy moth biology, egg mass surveys, and control programs.”

Here are the links to the MNRF website with some more information:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/managing-invasive-species-ontario

https://www.ontario.ca/page/invasive-species-ontario

Gypsy Moth link: https://www.eddmaps.org/ontario/species/subject.cfm?sub=165

4. North Frontenac Township

The Township has some limited information on its website: 

“If you have inquiries regarding Gypsy Moths please contact the Invading Species Hotline: 1-800-563-7711 or info@invadingspecies.com or http://www.invadingspecies.com/   

Based on Council Resolutions #183-20 and #225-20 (amending #183-20) Council does not permit spraying of Gypsy Moth on Township property. If you have inquiries about illegal or improper use of pesticides, please contact the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks at 1-866-663-8477 (24 hrs Public Reporting Hotline).”

https://www.northfrontenac.com//en/recreation-and-leisure/outdoor-safety.aspx

There is also an abundance of “natural” solutions out there such as banding trees as we’ve seen discussed on this Group page.

We know this is not an easy decision and there will be differing views. Please take the time to do your own research and discuss it with you neighbours where necessary.

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Love Your Lake Shore Assessment and Stewardship Program is a Go!

by Sue.MacGregor on July 3, 2020 No comments

The Love Your Lake Shoreline Assessment and Stewardship program is a go!  By now all property owners on the lake should have received a letter and LYL Values Survey to your home mailing address. If not, please email vp@kashwakamak.ca and we’ll get it sent to you. The assessment starts this Monday July 6th and will last about 2 weeks. Please note that no one will come on your property or ask you any questions. Just wave hello to our Love Your Lake team hard at work in their boat.  The process is simple, free and they won’t bother you at all. 

As our members know, the Kashwakamak Lake Association (KLA) has been working with Watersheds Canada to deliver this program to shoreline property owners on Kashwakamak Lake. During the summer, they will be assessing your shoreline property, following all provincial safety guidelines for COVID-19, and generating a free report for your reference.  The Love Your Lake program has been developed by two conservation non-profit charities, the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) and Watersheds Canada, and is delivered to lakes in Canada by regional partners. The goal? To improve the health of Canada’s lakes by encouraging actions by shoreline property owners that will benefit their lake.  This is the KLA’s major Lake Sustainability Implementation (hyperlink to Sustainability page) initiative for 2020.

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Water Safety

by Sue.MacGregor on February 20, 2018 No comments

February 20, 2018 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED— With above seasonal daytime temperatures and several millimetres of rain forecasted over the next few days, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is advising residents to use extreme caution if venturing onto rivers and lakes as ice conditions may be unstable. Please note that MVCA does not monitor ice conditions.

General flooding is not expected at this time. However, runoff amounts may result in higher water levels in area creeks and streams and along roadside ditches.
As spring approaches, parents are urged to remind their children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water.
Residents in low lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:
• Ensuring sump pumps are clear and in good working condition
• Removing or securing items that might float away as flows and water levels increase
Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/.
The MVCA flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.

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Contact:
Jennifer North.
Water Resource Technologist
613-253-0006 ext. 243
info@mvc.on.ca www.mvc.on.ca

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LOST: 16′ x 6′ dock with polished aluminum ladder attached

by Sue.MacGregor on June 1, 2017 No comments

Having returned to Kashwakamak Lake recently we found that our dock was torn to bits (Mitchell Bay) and one 16′ x 6′ section is missing. If anyone finds it – please let us know. 

Thanks and regards, Brent & Cheryl

Please send email to webeditor@kashwakamak.ca for contact information

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Sue.MacGregorLOST: 16′ x 6′ dock with polished aluminum ladder attached

Employment Opportunity – Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief, Clerk and to assist with the CLSP

by Sue.MacGregor on May 17, 2017 No comments

The Township is seeking resumes for a vacant position from a highly motivated, experienced, hands-on person to join our municipal team as Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief, Clerk and to assist with the Crown Land Stewardship Program (CLSP).

Working under the direction of the Deputy Treasurer/Administrative Financial Coordinator, the incumbent will perform municipal office administrative duties and provide assistance to the applicable Managers and for the Crown Land Stewardship Program (CLSP), while following guidelines established by the policies of Township Council and/or the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and in accordance with Legislation.

The salary range is $19.08 – $22.68 per hour and the normal work week is 37.5 hours. Hours may vary and overtime may be required to meet the job requirements.

For a copy of the Role Description or further information, please contact Sandra Lessard, Deputy Treasurer at (613) 479-2231 ext. 226 or email “deputytreasurer@northfrontenac.ca”.

Information gathered relative to this position is done so in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will only be used for candidate selection purposes.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. The Township of North Frontenac is an equal opportunity employer. We would be pleased to provide accommodations, upon request, throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities to ensure equal participation.

Please apply with a detailed resume by
Noon local time on Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Clearly marked “Confidential – Administrative Assistant” to
Cheryl Robson, AMCT CAO
Township of North Frontenac
6648 Road 506, Plevna, ON K0H 2M0
Phone: (613) 479-2231 Ext. 221 Fax: (613) 479-2352
E-mail: cao@northfrontenac.ca

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Sue.MacGregorEmployment Opportunity – Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief, Clerk and to assist with the CLSP

2017 Events at the North Frontenac star gazing pad

by Sue.MacGregor on May 12, 2017 No comments

Check NorthFrontenac.com events calendar for event updates. Events begin at sunset. Contact Corey Klatt, Manager of Community Development for more information. recreation@northfrontenac.ca, 613-479-2231×233

 

 The following events are taking place at the North Frontenac Star Gazing Pad at 5816 Road 506 between Plevna and Fernleigh. 

 

May 20 & 21

Jupiter rising. Spring constellations and “The Realm of Galaxies”

June 3

Gibbous Moon near Jupiter. 2 Moon shadows on Jupiter at 10:22PM. Lunar mountains and craters up close.

July 22

Summer constellations. Jupiter. Saturn! Summer Milky Way.

August 12

Perseid Meteor Shower! Despite the presence of Moonlight, a meteor per minute could be visible. Summer Milky Way.

September 16

Last chance to see Saturn, its rings and moons this year. Spotting Uranus with the naked eye is a distinct possibility. We’ll show you how.

October 14

The autumn sky. Second chance to see Uranus unaided. Our nearest major galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy, well-placed.

 

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FLOOD WARNING – MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED – Update # 3 May 12, 2017

by Sue.MacGregor on May 12, 2017 No comments

May 12, 2017 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED—The FLOOD WARNING issued by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) on May 9, 2017 remains in effect for the Mississippi Valley watershed as water levels remain very high.

The dry weather over the last few days has resulted in all areas of the watershed peaking and some lakes and watercourses have begun to decline. Mississippi Lake and the river downstream are the last areas to peak and that is occurring now. No further increases on the lake are anticipated and residents should see water levels noticeably decline by the end of the weekend.  All lakes in the upper region of the watershed have been slowly declining since Wednesday but it will be at least a week or two before they reach summer target levels. Levels on Dalhousie Lake peaked on Wednesday as well and have dropped several centimetres since that time. Flows on the Clyde River have been dropping steadily since Tuesday. “There is some rain in the forecast for the next few days. As long as the forecasted amounts are correct (less than 20 mm over 4 days) this should not cause any further increases in water levels. If the actual totals received are in the range of 30 to 40 or more millimetres, that could cause some additional flooding, especially on Mississippi Lake but that is not the forecast at this time,” indicates Gord Mountenay, MVCA Water Management Supervisor.

Residents are being advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

The FLOOD WARNING for the Ottawa River remains in effect through the weekend but levels are steadily declining at this time. This FLOOD WARNING update for the Mississippi Valley watershed is valid through May 15, 2017. Additional statements will be issued when or if conditions are expected to change significantly from this outlook.

Only if it is safe to do so, the public is encouraged to share photos of water conditions in their area via MVCA Facebook (Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority) and Twitter (@MVCAuthority).

For more information regarding the Ottawa River, visit www.ottawariver.ca. Daily water levels and flows for the Mississippi Valley watershed are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/.

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.

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Contact: Gord Mountenay, C.E.T.
Water Management Supervisor
613-253-0006 ext. 233
info@mvc.on.ca   www.mvc.on.ca

Media Inquiries Only:

Shannon Gutoskie

Community Relations Coordinator

613-253-0006 ext. 225

Cell: 613-793-2848

sgutoskie@mvc.on.ca

 

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FLOOD WARNING – MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED – Update #1 May 7, 2017     

by Sue.MacGregor on May 7, 2017 No comments

May 7, 2017 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED—Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is updating the FLOOD WARNING issued May 6, 2017 for the Mississippi River from Mazinaw Lake downstream to Dalhousie Lake, to include the entire watershed.

Continued rainfall yesterday has resulted in levels and flows across the watershed to continue to climb. The majority of the upper lakes in the system are at or nearing historical high water conditions. Levels on Dalhousie Lake have increased 30 cm since yesterday and are expected to increase 10 to 30 cm over the next 24 to 36 hours. Flows on the Clyde River have also increased and are expected to reach or slightly exceed those encountered earlier this spring. The Clyde River is expected to peak late Monday or Tuesday depending on how much rainfall occurs today. It appears that the Carp River has peaked and flows are expected to steadily decline over the next week. Levels on Mississippi Lake and downstream are expected to be slightly higher than the peak reached earlier this year and are not expected to peak until Thursday or Friday. Residents should expect levels on the lake to increase by 30 to 50 cm over that time frame. With the amount of water currently in the upper reaches of the watershed, residents are advised that it is expected to take at least 3 weeks for conditions to return to more normal levels and any rainfall over that time frame may exacerbate the situation.

Residents are being advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

The FLOOD WARNING for the Ottawa River and this FLOOD WARNING update for the Mississippi Valley watershed are valid through May 9, 2017. Additional statements will be issued when or if conditions are expected to change significantly from this outlook.

Only if it is safe to do so, the public is encouraged to share photos of water conditions in their area via MVCA Facebook (Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority) and Twitter (@MVCAuthority).

For more information regarding the Ottawa River, visit www.ottawariver.ca. Daily water levels and flows for the Mississippi Valley watershed are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/.

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.

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Contact: Gord Mountenay, C.E.T.
Water Management Supervisor
613-253-0006 ext. 233
info@mvc.on.ca   www.mvc.on.ca

Media Inquiries Only:

Shannon Gutoskie

Community Relations Coordinator

613-253-0006 ext. 225

Cell: 613-793-2848

sgutoskie@mvc.on.ca

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FLOOD WATCH – April 12, 2017 Update # 3

by Sue.MacGregor on April 12, 2017 1 comment

 

mississippi-valley

Warm temperatures and rain/snowmelt cause water levels to increase again, will remain high for at least the next week

APRIL 12, 2017 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED— The Mississippi River and most of the larger tributaries west of Carleton Place saw an unexpected increase in water levels and flows on Tuesday.

“There was significantly more runoff from rain/snowmelt yesterday than we anticipated,” indicated Gord Mountenay, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) Water Management Supervisor. “The inflows into Dalhousie Lake, Clyde River and Fall River were all trending downward as was the flow on the Mississippi River at Fergusons Falls, just above Mississippi Lake. The temperatures we experienced Tuesday, coupled with the small amount of rainfall recorded at our gauges, did not suggest we would see this much of an increase across the western portion of the watershed. However, Monday’s thunderstorm activity could have included some significant rainfall that our gauges didn’t capture.”

With warmer temperatures and rainfall forecasted through to Sunday, flows and levels are not expected to peak before the end of the weekend; they are expected to remain high through all of next week as water from the western portion of the watershed makes its way through the system. Water levels on Dalhousie and Mississippi Lake could increase by 10 to 15 cm over the weekend.

Flows on the Carp River continue to drop steadily and are not expected to increase over the weekend.

This FLOOD WATCH update statement is valid through April 14, 2017. An update to this statement will be issued on April 14.

Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.

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Contact: Gord Mountenay, C.E.T.
Water Management Supervisor
613-253-0006 ext. 233
info@mvc.on.ca               www.mvc.on.ca

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