I am writing on behalf of the Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation (RLEF), a non-profit foundation working with our local lake associations, Big Rideau Lake Association and Upper Rideau Lake Association since 1991. We are a charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency and issue tax receipts for donations. For the past few years, we have been funding scientific research to ensure that we maintain and improve the water quality that is essential to the continued enjoyment of our lakes. We… Read More »The Rideau Lakes Need your Help
The Township of Rideau Lakes has called a public meeting on Thursday August 25th to review the report on the future development of campgrounds. If density, development, water quality and the lake environment concern you, please review the Agenda package (available from the Township web site) and either attend the meeting or contact your councillor to make your opinions known. The future of our lake requires your input!
Three Research Projects Funded The Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation has again funded several research projects that will add to and enrich knowledge of our local environment. Our stewardship of natural resources depends on developing knowledge of how ecosystems function. Your support of the RLEF enables us to ensure we include our unique environment in ongoing research. At the Fisheries Conservation Foundation, work will continue to understand the impact of reduced fishing during the years of COVID-19 travel restrictions on the… Read More »RLEF Funds Research for Summer 2022
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 firstname.lastname@example.org A Zoom Virtual Public Open House is being held Thursday… Read More »Feedback wanted: TRL Campground Land Use Study
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
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
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 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
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
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.