water quality

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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

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

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

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.

RLEF Chair Launches 2018 Appeal

Dear Friends of the Rideau Lakes, Since 1991, the Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation (RLEF) has protected and preserved the environment of the Rideau Lakes, in collaboration with the Big Rideau Lake Association (BRLA) and the Upper Rideau Lake Association (URLA). A registered Canadian charity, we support projects thatsafeguard and enhance our lake environment. This summer, we supported Carleton University’s Prof. Steven Cooke‘s study of the bass population in the Rideau Lakes. You may have seen his team tagging fish at… Read More »RLEF Chair Launches 2018 Appeal