Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation

Cover of Issues and Options Report

Feedback wanted: TRL Campground Land Use Study

Temporary campsite or mobile home park? Changing land use patterns in what were once transient campgrounds pose challenges for the lake environment. Following an interim control by-law passed last year, the Township of Rideau Lakes has begun a study to examine the adequacy of current policies and regulations. An Issues and Options Report has been drafted, and feedback on its content is being solicited. You can send responses to campgroundstudy@fotenn.com A Zoom Virtual Public Open House is being held Thursday… Read More »Feedback wanted: TRL Campground Land Use Study

Screenshot of article from The Star.

Algae a threat to Rideau Lakes Health

BRLA and URLA urge action on storm runoff The presidents of the Big Rideau Lake Association and the Upper Rideau Lake Association together addressed the Township of Rideau Lakes Municipal Services Committee about the critical question of limiting run-off into the lakes. (See the article in the Star.) Nutriets and pollutants are entering our lakes, feeding algae blooms. Toxic blue green algae was found in both Upper Rideau Lake and Bass lake last year. BRLA and URLA are urging the… Read More »Algae a threat to Rideau Lakes Health

2022 Research Projects in Review

Understanding the lake is key to looking after it. So the RLEF has once again launched a Call for Participation for research exploring the environment of our lakes. Proposals are in, and the RLEF Board is now conducting their review. As they read, Board Members are assessing each proposal to ensure that it’s relevant, significant, feasible, and timely. We are looking for project teams that are qualified and connected to our local issues. Past researchers have been able to leverage… Read More »2022 Research Projects in Review

Giving Shares is Tax Efficient

Reduce Tax-Liability with a Donation to a Canadian Charity If your portfolio has done well this year, you might want to consider donating shares directly to your favourite charity. A securities donation is much more tax-effective than a sale, and subsequent cash donation. You can receive a tax receipt for the full market value of your shares, and thanks to a special rule, pay no capital gains tax on the increased value of shares you transfer. The process is outlined… Read More »Giving Shares is Tax Efficient

URLA Shrub and Tree Program Continues

URLA Shrub and Tree Program Continues The Upper Rideau Lake Association (URLA) is pleased to announce the continuation of the tree program in 2022 to support improved lake water quality and our shoreline environment. Thanks to the continued support from the Rideau Lakes Environmental Fund (RLEF) and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA), URLA members can purchase bare-root shrubs and bare root trees for approximately 25% of wholesale cost. One- and two-Gallon Potted Trees & Shrubs are available to URLA… Read More »URLA Shrub and Tree Program Continues

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.

Support the RLEF in 2021

Letter to Lake Residents To BRLA Members and other Friends of the Rideau Lakes: I am writing on behalf of the Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation (RLEF), to ask for your help. Since 1991, our small non-profit foundation has worked alongside BRLA and other local lake associations to focus on protecting, improving and enhancing the Rideau Lakes. Below are three critical areas we need to fund. Water Quality Research As part of our environmental mandate, RLEF has been funding scientific research… Read More »Support the RLEF in 2021

RLEF expresses concern about blue-green algae analysis

RLEF has joined with the Big Rideau Lake Association, the Upper Rideau Lake Association, the Otter Lake Landowners Association and the Bass Lake Property 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 algae 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