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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.

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

URLA Shoreline Restoration Program Funded

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

Westport Review Mirror Profiles RLEF Grant Projects

We Made the Front Page! We’re thrilled that the Westport Review Mirror has profiled three RLEF-Funded Research Projects in their August 19th issue. It’s great that the science that helps us to understand our environment is being featured in our local press. We’re also very pleased that the work of our small not-for-profit is being brought to the attention of our community. If you would like to support future Research Projects on the Rideau Lakes, please donate online in support… Read More »Westport Review Mirror Profiles RLEF Grant Projects