Bob’s Lake / Bolingbroke Dam Reconstruction

CLA Notices

  • Changes to the Tay Valley Township Official Plan which may affect your property.   The below reports are also archived on the Archives > Notices page:

‘the Report’ was prepared by the CLA Official Plan Committee and approved unanimously at a meeting of the CLA Directors held on February 26, 2014.  An electronic copy of the Report was delivered to each member of the TVT Council, the CAO, the Planner and the Clerk on February 27, 2014.

MNR Notices

  • License free fishing:  The Ontario Gov’t designates two periods throughout the year as license-free.
    • 2017:   February 18-20 (12:01am SAT to 11:59pm MON) and July 1-9 (12:01am SAT to 11:59pm SUN).Participants fishing without a license must fish under the Conservation fishing license limits which are set out in the current Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. With the exception of the licensing requirement, Ontario fishing regulations, fees and limits continue to apply during license-free days. Printed copies of the summary are available at licence issuers and ServiceOntario Centres.For more information visit
  • Below is information from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) regarding broad-scale fish monitoring on Christie Lake.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Steve Vandermeer at the MNRF at (705) 324-5851.Broad-scale Monitoring Program work on ChristieFrom approximately June 13 to September 30, 2016 Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) science crews will be conducting netting operations on lakes across Ontario. Netting on each lake will take five to ten days to complete. Nets are checked and moved daily to a new location.Notices (2016 Notice to Lake Residents and Visitors) will be posted at various locations like the public boat launch and retail stores located on the lake during the netting operations. While the lake is being monitored all nets will be clearly marked with orange MNRF buoys. Please don’t lift the nets or buoys, and avoid recreational activities between and around the buoys.The broad-scale monitoring program is designed to monitor the current and changing state of fisheries across Ontario. This is year four of the second five-year cycle to collect information for fisheries management. Approximately 30 lakes will be assessed this summer in the Southern Region. MNRF science crews will collect information on fish species, take water samples, and check for invasive species. This information will be used by biologists to evaluate the health of fish populations and make management decisions for Fisheries Management Zones 12, 15, 16, 17, and 18.

    Attached is a fact sheet (2016 BsM Informational Poster) with more information about the broad-scale program. A summary of the first cycle is available on the Fish ON-Line website at\fishing.

    If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Steve Vandermeer at 705 324-5851.

  • MNR has proposed regulatory amendments to the Environmental Bill of Rights which may have an impact on waterfront properties.  FOCA is concerned by this approach in that protections now in place may be reduced.   See more on the FOCA website at

RVCA Notices

  • RVCA Watershed Conditions Statement – Drought Condition Update

Drought Condition Downgraded to Minor

(WCS – 1/2017)  January 17, 2017

The drought status in the Rideau River watershed is being downgraded to “Minor” because the recent warm temperatures and precipitation have caused flows to increase significantly in watershed streams.

Rain and snowmelt have caused flows in some streams to approach and, in some cases, exceed the long term historical average flows. Kemptville Creek had low flows of .028 cubic metres per second (cms), 1.5% of average, in mid-October. Occasional thaws with rain since then have caused flows to increase in all streams and fluctuate around the average. Kemptville Creek flows have been consistently elevated since December 27 and reached three times the average on January 9th with a flow of 15.6 cms.

This is a significant contrast to the Tay River as measured in Perth, which had flows close to the average through July and August but declined through the fall as outflows from Bobs Lake fell and is presently about 60% of average. The flow measured at the outlet of Bobs Lake at Bolingbroke presently is about 35% of average for the time of year.

It remains to be seen if the present flows will be sustained. The Tay has continued to have low flows despite the weather. Also, it is unknown how much recharge of groundwater is occurring. In some areas of the watershed, there is minimal frost in the soil and recharge should be ongoing. In other areas, there has been greater freezing that has restricted recharge and, therefore, there is the possibility that the supply of water in wells may still be precarious.

For these reasons, the drought designation of “Minor” will be held through the winter. RVCA staff will continue to monitor conditions and the status will be re-evaluated after the spring freshet.

Levels in the Rideau Canal reservoir lakes, Bobs, Wolfe, Upper Rideau and Big Rideau, are presently above the long term averages and the rule curve targets. Measurements on other lakes are not routinely available so we are unable to say what the water levels are. However, snowmobilers who use the lakes should assume that those rocks and shoals that were exposed with the low water levels could still be hazards and they should travel with caution.

All watershed residents are encouraged to continue to conserve water.

Relevant information sources are as follows:

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change:
Ontario’s Low Water Response program:
RVCA website:
Hourly and daily streamflows and water levels:

In order that we can track impacts of the drought conditions in the watershed, we request that any individuals or businesses in the Rideau Watershed who may be experiencing difficulties with their wells please contact the Conservation Authority by calling 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504, ext. 1128 or by email (instructions at ). There is also the Drought Impacts Map application on the RVCA website under Watershed Conditions.

Conservation Authority staff continue to monitor conditions and communicate with water managers throughout the watershed through the Rideau Valley Low Water Response Team. An update to this message will be issued as conditions warrant.


More Information:

Contact: Patrick Larson, RVCA Senior Water Resources Technician Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1210 or cell 613-799-9423

“Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is a partnership of municipalities within the Rideau Valley watershed created under the Conservation Authorities Act to deliver a range of programs in watershed management and natural resource conservation.”

  • Shoreline Naturalization Program – A RVCA press release dated 16 October 2012 outlines ways to help enhance wildlife habitat on your property and protect the health of our waterways.  They are currently providing free site visits and free shoreline enhancement projects to waterfront property owners.  – pdf 128Kb

 TVT Notices

20-11-10 – Committee of the Whole – Agenda

TVT Report #PD-2020-38 – RVCA’s draft Boathouse Policy

The Municipal Office will CLOSED at 12:00pm on Friday, 23 Dec, and will re-open at 8:30 am on Tuesday, 3 Jan 2017.


Saturday, December 24th – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm – All Sites Modified Hours

Monday, December 26th – ALL SITES CLOSED

Wednesday, December 28th – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – All Sites Open

Saturday, December 31st – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm – All Sites Modified Hours

REMINDER – 2017 Garbage Bags and Bag Tags

On 1 January 2016, Tay Valley Township implemented the use of clear plastic garbage bags for household waste disposal. The Township also reduced the allotted amount of free bag tags per household from 40 bag tags to 30 bag tags in 2016 and will be further reducing the allotted number from 30 bag tags to 20 bag tags in 2017. The 2017 bag tags can be picked up at the Municipal Office after January 3rd, 2017.

  • Fire Restrictions

The DNETV Fire Rescue Department and Tay Valley Municipal Office would like to remind everyone that all burning should be continuously supervised, and that a source of water be accessible at all times to assist in preventing out of control fires.

For questions or concerns please contact the DNETVFR office at 613-267-2596, extension 4.  More information is also available on the Tay Valley Municipal website at


  • NEW 2016 – Clear Bags and Bag Tag Reductions

Starting January 1st, 2016 Tay Valley Township will be implementing the use of clear garbage bags for household garbage. Additionally, the allotted number of bag tags will decrease from 40 to 30 for 2016 and 30 to 20 for 2017.

Tay Valley Township is joining numerous other municipalities in the switch to Clear Bags in order to maximize recycling efforts and minimize the disposal of recyclable and hazardous materials into the Township’s waste sites. Increasing diversion leads to less cost and increased funding from Waste Diversion Ontario.

The change to clear bags was recommended by the Waste Management Working Group to follow the Township’s Strategic Plan and was adopted by Tay Valley Township Council to increase waste diversion. Waste diversion means less cost for residents as our waste sites remain viable for longer periods.

Currently local Municipalities such as Rideau Lakes, North Frontenac, Central Frontenac and Tweed use clear bags for household garbage disposal and have seen significant reductions in the amount of waste disposed into their waste sites each year.

Waste Site Attendants will be able to efficiently capture materials like cans, plastics, used paint, newspapers, etc., reducing the amount of waste being placed into the waste sites.

Personal items such as bathroom waste and health related items may be placed in one small opaque (non-clear) bag. Every clear household garbage bag may contain one small, no larger than 16 x 16” or 42 x 42 cm (i.e. grocery bag) for disposal of personal items.

Additional Information
Clear garbage bags can be found at local retail stores and are sold in a variety of sizes. Contact Tay Valley Township Public Works for more information at 613-267-5353 ext. 132.

The January 1st, 2016 effective date allows residents time to use up non-clear garbage bags. Opaque garbage bags can also be given to local charities, used for clothing donations or given to family and friends in other areas that still accept opaque bags.

Note:  The one for one exchange policy allowing 1 free standard bag of household waste for 1 full standard size blue bin of recyclables will remain in place.

Community Services Notices

  • Safety & Security Tips for Cottage Owners
  • Legacy Cottage ProgramDrummond /North Elmsley Township and Tay Valley Township, home to some 30 lakes, wish to recognize the contributions that members of the cottage community have made by honouring those families whose cottage has been in the family for 50, 75 or 100 years or more by designating their cottage a Legacy Cottage.  This proposed program is one of many plans for 2016 to mark the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the first settlers to the municipalities we now know as Drummond/North Elmsley Township, Tay Valley Township, the Town of Perth, and the Township of Beckwith.In order to know how best to proceed, the 200th anniversary working groups of Drummond /North Elmsley Township and Tay Valley Township request your input on the proposed Legacy Cottage Program. (If you are not the individual in your lake association who can best respond to this request, please pass this email along to the correct person(s).  Please provide your response to the questions on the attached description of the Legacy Cottage program by September 15th.

Lock everything – Remove all valuables at the end of the season – Invest in some DIY tweaks to secure doors and windows – Make friends with your year-round neighbours – Keep your exterior (and possibly your interior) nice and visible.

For more detail see Cottage Life article at

Friends of the Tay Watershed

  • Watershed Discovery Day, Saturday, August 19, at Perth’s Farmers Market, Crystal Palace, from 8:00 to 1:00
    Bring your questions on water to the experts, with something of interest and fun for all ages in the family.
  • Paddle the Tay,  Saturday, September 16, join us for our ‘show and tell‘ paddle event, marking Canada’s 150.  Details follow.
  • Rideau Canal Management Plan Review
    The Ontario Waterways Associate Directors Office in Smiths Falls have announced a number of public meetings to obtain input to the Rideau Management Plan Review.  Regrettably, we have missed the first area one at Smiths Falls on June 22; the next will be at Chaffeys Lock Community Hall, on Monday, June 17, from 4:00 to 9:00pm (the date for a final one at Kingston is under discussion)  Submissions may also be sent to:  The Friends will be submitting comments and would welcome receiving suggestions.  There will apparently be opportunity for further input at a later date.  For more information:
  • Friends’ Water Guardian Bursary
    Each year, the Friends offer a $1,000 bursary to students from a Tay watershed high school who are planning to study or are currently enrolled in a Canadian university or college in a full-time, degree or diploma program that can help make a positive contribution to the environment.  The deadline to apply for this bursary is June 30, 2016.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in this bursary, please pass this message to them. Details for applying can be found on the Friends’ website
  • The Friends Launch 200th Anniversary Bench on the Tay in Perth
    One of the most beautiful viewpoints in Perth – looking over the pond at the top of Haggarts Island – now has a public bench, thanks to a cooperative anniversary project between the Friends and the Lanark County Quilters Guild. At the launch event on June 13, see photo attached, Perth Councillor Jim Graff noted that the bench reflects the cooperation between the Friends and the Town in recent years.  A plaque on the bench states that the ‘bench is donated by the Friends of the Tay Watershed and  Lanark County Quilters Guild to mark the 200th Anniversary in 2016 of the Perth Military Settlement.’  See more photos on our website at Come and enjoy a quiet respite beside the river. 


    • The Friends of the Tay Watershed Association
    •  (613) 264-0094
    •             We all live downstream !’

Algonquin Land Claims

Good news for Christie Lake Residents by CLA President Gordon Hill

I, and others from the Christie Lake Community, attended two public meetings regarding the proposed settlement of the Algonquin Land Claims. The first took place on February 22, 2013 at the Perth Legion Hall and was hosted by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, the Canadian Sport Fishing Industry and the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations. The second was held on March 7, 2013 at the Perth Lions’ Hall and was hosted by the negotiating committees of the Ontario Government, the Federal Government and The Algonquins of Ontario (“the Algonquins”). The “good news” for Christie Lake residents is that no island in Christie Lake, nor any land immediately surrounding it is slated for transfer to the Algonquins. The two parcels of land closest to Christie Lake which are slated for transfer are located near Westport and Sharbot Lake.

There is, and will continue to be, debate about the apparent secrecy of the land claims process, and whether or not the draft agreement in principle is a “done deal”. Although no privately owned lands are slated for expropriation and transfer to the Algonquins, among the concerns which remain is one which relates to rights of access over, and hunting rights in, lands transferred to the Algonquins. And there are many other issues and unanswered questions.

For those who wish more depth about the draft Agreement-in-Principle, select the following links:

Additional information is also available at:

Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association (FOCA)

  • This FOCA link  connects you to the FOCA home page where you may view the latest Elerts as well as the applicable FOCA Year in Review.