Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation

Appeal sent to URLA Members

Upper Rideau residents invited to support RLEF It’s that time of year again, as charities reach out to their supporters to ask for your continued support. The annual appeal sent to Upper Rideau Lake Association members emphasized the role RLEF can play in ensuring the future of the lake. We want the lakes to be in a better environmental condition when we leave than they were when we arrived. Your support will enable our programs focused on Lake Health to… Read More »Appeal sent to URLA Members

Help out with life insurance

Gifts to charitable organizations — like the RLEF — can have financial benefits as well. This article from The Globe outlines some of the tax benefits of naming a charity in your life insurance policy. You can reduce the taxes owed by your estate with this type of planned gift. Please remember the lake in your legacy, and support the RLEF.

RLEF expresses concern about blue-green aglae analysis

RLEF has joined with the Big Rideau Lake Association, the Upper Rideau Lake Association, the Otter Lake Landowners Association and the Bass Lake Proerty Owners Association to express concern about the turn-around times for analysis of samples in Ministry of Environment laboratories. A letter to Steve Clarke, MPP Leeds-Grenville, Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, notes that despite the presence of a robust protocol for sampling and reporting, it has take upwards of two weeks to learn whether blooms contained toxic… Read More »RLEF expresses concern about blue-green aglae analysis

RLEF announces 2022 Grant Program

Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation (RLEF) Call for Proposals. Small Grants for Scientific Research on and around the Rideau Lakes To develop our understanding of the science that underpins our environmental activities, the Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation (RLEF) sponsors a new program of small grants to support research projects.  We are interested in receiving proposals from scientific researchers working in any discipline that contributes to our knowledge of the flora, fauna, or environment of the Rideau Lakes. Awards can be used… Read More »RLEF announces 2022 Grant Program

URLA Continues Shoreline Restoration Program

Maintaining a natural shoreline helps protect and preserve water quality and preserve our lakes’ environment. The Upper Rideau Lake Association (URLA) has a long-standing partnership with a local supplier of native plants. RLEF funding has enabled them to provide materials to further the naturalization of the shoreline of Upper Rideau Lake. At its October 2021 meeting, the RLEF Board voted to continue this funding through 2022.

Water Quality Research Update at BRLA AGM

Dr. John Smol provided an update to the BRLA AGM on the progess and preliminary conclusions from his research on the lake environment funded partially by RLEF. Smol’s group is analyzing the composition of core samples taken from the lake beds of Big Rideau Lake, Upper Rideau Lake, and other lakes in the area. The historic change in the presence and percentage of various organisms helps us understand the effect of a global heating on the health of the lakes.… Read More »Water Quality Research Update at BRLA AGM

Work Underway: RLEF Small Grants

This summer, RLEF is funding three research projects to build our understanding of the Rideau Lakes environment. Research is being conducted by groups at CarletonUniversity in Ottawa, and Queen’s University in Kingston, strengthening links between local institutions and our local environment. At Carleton, Dr. Steven Cooke is leading an examination of the Broader Biodiversity Benefits of Fishing Sanctuaries. His past studies have shown that fish communities in the sanctuaries are more diverse and abundant than those in similar areas outside… Read More »Work Underway: RLEF Small Grants

Water Rangers Test Sites - Big Rideau Lake

BRLA works with Water Rangers

Monitoring is key to maintaining the health of our lakes. The RLEF has provided funds to the BRLA to purchase testing kits necessary for volunteers to conduct regular tests of the water quality on Big Rideau Lake. Working in conjunction with the Water Rangers, volunteers from the BRLA are regularly taking samples and testing the water in defined locations throughout Big Rideau Lake. You can see the results on the Water Rangers Web site.

Doug Good Shoal Marker Fund Established

The RLEF has established a fund to support the placement and maintenace of shoal markers on the Big Rideau Lake, in memory of Doug Good, a long-time lake resident, past BRLA President, and former member of council for the Township of Rideau Lakes. Lake safety and the health of the lake community were among Doug’s prime concerns. This Fund allows us to honour his memory and ensure that Big Rideau Lake is safer for everyone. Please Give Generously. Secure donations… Read More »Doug Good Shoal Marker Fund Established