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Fall Dinner & Silent Auction – Tickets Available!

by Cameron MacGregor on August 29, 2018 No comments

We still have some tickets available for the Annual Fall Dinner and Silent Auction being held on Saturday September 15th at Fernleigh Lodge starting at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm. Dinner tickets cost $30/person.

Why attend?

The purpose of this event is to bring the Kashwakamak Lake community together for fun, fellowship and an opportunity to raise some money for a local charity. Through the Silent Auction (people bring in gently used items) and a 50:50 draw we’ve been able to support local groups like the local Food Bank, Pine Meadow Nursing Home and the Land O’Lakes Rescue Petting Farm. We also donate non-perishable food items to the local food bank each year. This year we will be donating the Auction proceeds to the food bank as well as the non-perishable food items we collect at the dinner.

Interested?

You can reserve your tickets by contacting Sandy Allin either by phone at 613 336-2933 or by email at events@kashwakamak.ca . Once your tickets are confirmed, please send your payment via Interac to treasurer@kashwakamak.ca with the security question: Short name for lake and answer: Kashlake or you can mail a cheque to the KLA, 1715C Kashwakamak Lake Road, Arden ON K0H 1B0

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Cameron MacGregorFall Dinner & Silent Auction – Tickets Available!

KLA Annual General Meeting, July 7th 9:30-11:30 am – All Welcome!

by Cameron MacGregor on June 29, 2018 No comments

We hope that you are planning to join us on Saturday, July 7th for our Annual General Meeting which is being held at the Northbrook Lions Hall, from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Doors open at 9:00 am. Please come early if you need to settle up your 2018 KLA Membership fees.

Why should you attend?

Our guest speaker is:

Coleman Boomhour, Arborist, Trees & Beyond Ltd.

Bring your questions about tree maintenance, Forest Tent Caterpillars, and best practices for keeping your shoreline and tree canopy healthy.

AGM Agenda

BBQ Deadline to RSVP is Saturday June 30th!

We are having a FREE barbeque immediately following the AGM, which is being sponsored by Chris Winney, Royal LePage.

Please RSVP to Heather Nowlan, secretary@kashwakamak.ca  by Saturday June 30th and let us know how many hungry mouths you’ll be bringing and what your food choice is: Hamburger, Sausage on a bun or Veggie burger.

We look forward to seeing you all there – and please feel free to bring your neighbours and encourage them to join our Association either as full member or associate member. It’s a great value for $15/year! You don’t need to be a member of the KLA to attend our Annual General Meeting.

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Cameron MacGregorKLA Annual General Meeting, July 7th 9:30-11:30 am – All Welcome!

Let’s Get Tracking! Flora & Fauna Sightings on the Lake

by Cameron MacGregor on June 29, 2018 No comments

Track your sighting now: Click Here

 Over the winter months, the Flora & Fauna Lake Sustainability Implementation sub-committee worked diligently to develop a way for people on the lake to help us keep track of interesting plant and animal life. The KLA is proud to announce the official launch of the new Let’s Get Tracking! web survey which will allow you, your friends, family and anyone on the lake to take part.

Tracking sightings of flora and fauna (plant and animal life) around the lake is an important part of the implementation of the Kashwakamak Lake Sustainability Plan. Your sightings will help us know where you see birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians as well as flora. With your help, we’ll be able to track threatened or endangered species, as well as keep an eye on species of “special concern”.

Completing this quick survey will only take a few minutes. In fact, in pre-test the average time was under 4 minutes. It’s been designed so that you can enter only one species sighting each time you use the link so that we can easily tabulate the entries. Please come back and let us know whenever you see something of interest and send us your photos too!

Please remember that the survey is a work in progress, so we may update and/or tweak it based on your feedback.

Survey Link: Let’s Get Tracking!

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Cameron MacGregorLet’s Get Tracking! Flora & Fauna Sightings on the Lake

UPDATE: MVCA Flood Warning Remains in Effect for the Mississippi River Watershed

by Cameron MacGregor on May 1, 2018 No comments

FLOOD WATCH is now in effect for Mississippi Lake. The FLOOD WARNING for the upper Mississippi Valley watershed including Mazinaw Lake, Little Marble Lake, Marble Lake, Ardoch Village, Snow Road Village and Dalhousie Lake continues. 

Water levels across most of the upper watershed have stabilized. There is significant rainfall in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday which could cause levels to increase again. Levels in the Snow Road area above High Falls and in Dalhousie Lake have begun to drop and are expected to stabilize as flows from the upper watershed reach that area. The levels may increase again later this week if the forecasted rainfall amounts occur.

Flows in the Clyde River watershed peaked on the weekend and are dropping. The forecasted rainfall is not expected to cause this river to increase although it may cause the level to stabilize for a couple of days. Flows in the Fall River have just peaked and are expected to start dropping through the early part of this week.

Flows within the Indian and Carp Rivers are not expected to rise significantly and they continue to drop steadily.

Water levels on Mississippi Lake are still expected to increase another 20 to 25 cm over the next two days bringing levels to 135.20 to 135.25 m. Any significant rainfall could cause this lake to increase. Flows and levels throughout the watershed will remain higher than normal over the next two weeks.

Residents are strongly urged to remind children of the dangers of hypothermia from cold water and playing near fast flowing rivers and creeks.

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 increase

This FLOOD WARNING UPDATE is valid through May 3, 2018. Additional statements will be issued when or if conditions are expected to change significantly from this outlook.

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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Cameron MacGregorUPDATE: MVCA Flood Warning Remains in Effect for the Mississippi River Watershed

MVCA Flood Warning Extended to Include Upper Mississippi River Watershed

by Cameron MacGregor on May 1, 2018 No comments

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is extending the area encompassed by the FLOOD WARNING to include the upper Mississippi Valley watershed including Mazinaw Lake, Little Marble Lake, Marble Lake and Ardoch Village. With rainfall overnight and additional rainfall in the forecast for tomorrow, flows and levels are expected to continue to increase into next week.

Levels in the Snow Road area above Dalhousie Lake have begun to drop but may increase again with additional rainfall.

Flows in the upper Clyde River and the Fall River watersheds had begun to drop but may also start to increase again depending on how much rainfall those areas receive.

Flows within the Indian and Carp Rivers have been dropping steadily over the last two days but are beginning to increase again with the rainfall overnight.

With the increased flows in the upper watershed, residents on Mississippi Lake can expect levels to increase as much as 40 cm over the next three to four days bringing levels to 135.20 m. This would be comparable to levels reached on the lake in 2017. Flows on the Mississippi River are not expected to peak until late next week. Flows and levels throughout the watershed will remain higher than normal over the next two weeks.

Residents are strongly urged to remind children of the dangers of hypothermia from cold water and playing near fast flowing rivers and creeks.

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 increase

This FLOOD WARNING UPDATE is valid through April 30, 2018. Additional statements will be issued when or if conditions are expected to change significantly from this outlook.

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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Cameron MacGregorMVCA Flood Warning Extended to Include Upper Mississippi River Watershed

Septic Savvy Workshop May 26, 2018 – Register Now!

by Cameron MacGregor on April 17, 2018 No comments

As part of the Lake Networking group, the KLA recently found out about an interesting workshop about Septic Systems. It will be held in Perth on Saturday May 26th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The cost is only $5. (Please view this PDF for all the information).

The Septic Savvy 2018 workshop will focus on the importance of properly functioning sewage systems. Properly functioning sewage systems are integral to a healthy lake AND for a safe drinking supply.

You are encouraged to pass this information on and to pre-register and attend this important workshop.

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Cameron MacGregorSeptic Savvy Workshop May 26, 2018 – Register Now!

Watershed Conditions Statement – April 12, 2018

by Cameron MacGregor on April 17, 2018 No comments

Flows and levels expected to increase over the next week

APRIL 12, 2018 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED— Forecasted rainfall over the next 10 days indicates mixed precipitation with between 40 to 100 mm of accumulated rainfall mixed with snow over the Mississippi Valley Watershed. Flows are anticipated to begin increasing as the rain occurs; the timing and magnitude will depend on the rainfall amounts.

No significant flooding is anticipated at this time however residents in flood prone areas are advised to maintain a close watch on levels and flows. Ice jams could also lead to water levels rising quickly and while not expected, could occur at any time along any part of the river.

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) again reminds the public to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and, when combined with current weather conditions, pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses and off frozen water bodies, which have been weakened as a result of increased flows and water temperatures beginning to increase.

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 increase

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

This statement remains in effect through to Monday April 16th, 2018.

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
Water Management Supervisor
613-253-0006 ext. 233
info@mvc.on.ca   www.mvc.on.ca

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Cameron MacGregorWatershed Conditions Statement – April 12, 2018

KLA Water Level Update: From Gord Mountenay MVCA

by Cameron MacGregor on April 8, 2018 No comments

Our present plan of operations for the system is as follows:

Snow conditions are significantly lower than the historical average for the last month and long range forecasts indicate that single digit temperatures are to be expected. With some wind in the forecast, there is a high likelihood that any remaining snow not protected by bush lots will sublimate and little runoff is anticipated from that snow. It is also expected that the snow in the bush will hold on for a while until temperatures get into the double digits. Ice conditions are still expected to be significant on most of the lakes but it is getting greyer by the day (at least in the lower section of the watershed). We have begun to slowly start filling the lakes to capture what little runoff there was last week. We do not anticipate aggressively filling the lakes at this time as long range forecasts do have some rain in them. Those forecast amounts are changing daily so we will continue to monitor them closely and operate the system with four objectives in mind

  1. Ensure adequate storage in the upper lakes to mitigate spring flooding should that be necessary.
  2. Ensure summer target levels are reached by the end of May
  3. Minimize ice movement as much as possible while meeting the requirements of the previous two objectives.
  4. Maintaining consistent outflows and stable or building water levels for fish spawn throughout the region from mid-April to late May.

If the members of your association require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks and have a great day.

Gord Mountenay, C.E.T. | Water Management Supervisor | Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority

10970 Highway 7, Carleton Place, ON, K7C 3P1

www.mvc.on.ca | t.613-253-0006 ext 233 | f. 613-253-0122 | c.613-850-0203 | gmountenay@mvc.on.ca

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Invitation to Open House discussing Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review for the Township of North Frontenac

by Cameron MacGregor on March 8, 2018 No comments

You are invited to an Open House to discuss the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review
for the Township of North Frontenac. Come prepared to have the opportunity to provide
general comments and ask questions about the Proposed Zoning By-law.

The Open House will be held on March 31, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the
Council Chambers at the Municipal Office, 6648 Road 506 Plevna, Ontario.

The Zoning By-law affects all lands within the Township of North Frontenac. It is a Bylaw
to regulate the use of land, buildings and structures within the Township.

For more information about this matter, view the invitation from the township of North Frontenac

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Cameron MacGregorInvitation to Open House discussing Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review for the Township of North Frontenac

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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