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2024 New Year Communication to SLA Community

The SLA Board is pleased to provide you with our first communication of the year, with updates and news. The topics in this communication were the same topics the SLA Board members discussed at our January 10, 2024 virtual Board of Directors meeting. You will see in the attached document that we're asking you for your input on a few topics. Your responses will help us provide you with as much value as possible as members.

Fall 2023 Lake Network Group Report

The Fall 2023 Lake Networking Group Report is attached along with the presentation from guest speaker, Amy Dickens (Source Water Protection Project Manager Quinte Conservation) and the updates from Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, Cataraqui Conservation and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

Federation of Cottagers of Ontario

Please see this document outlining some of the benefits of Federation of Cottagers of Ontario (FOCA) membership for you to review. FOCA membership is good for one year and can be renewed on an annual basis from the month you join. FOCA membership fees for associations would include a $125.00 base fee and a member fee at $4.00 per association member. Members would include anyone who pays membership dues and would benefit from FOCA membership.

Aquatic Invasive Species

This summer the Cataraqui Conservation's watershed monitoring staff are focusing efforts on priority aquatic invasive plant species.

Reports can be made to the EDDMapS website or by calling the invasive species hotline: 1-800-536-7711.

For details on the project and how you can help please refer to the CRCA's announcement or check out the project website.

Neighbours Saving Neighbours AED Program for Frontenac County

Neighbours Saving Neighbours (NsN) puts automated external defibrillators (AED) into the trained hands of volunteer responders across rural areas of Frontenac County. The idea is that NsN volunteer responders are dispatched by 911 operators via mobile device to possible nearby cardiac arrest emergencies. They may begin CPR and AED treatment in the critical minutes before paramedics arrive. It's time that could save a neighbour's life.

If you're interested check out the program and submit an application!

The program is led by emergency physician and researcher Dr. Steven Brooks in partnership with Frontenac Paramedics, Kingston Central Ambulance Communications Centre, Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada, Queen's University, and others. There's an informative video of Dr. Brooks' presentation on NsN at Queen's earlier this year you can see.

Upcoming Events

What's Going on in South Frontenac?

There's so much to do in South Frontenac! Check out the South Frontenac website for details.

Annual General Meeting

The SLA's 2024 AGM is scheduled for:

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024

Location: Sydenham High School, Auditorium.

Time: 11:00 am + Lunch and Social from 12:30 pm to 2 pm.

Food: As mentioned in our last email to you, the SLA members from our 2023 AGM requested the option of having lunch at the 2024 AGM. Please let us know your preference from these two options:
  1. Catered by a local food truck or caterer with burgers and hot dogs, salad, water, pop
  2. A BBQ, with the BBQ'ing done by SLA Board members with the same menu items as the catered or food truck lunch
The fee per person for either option will be modest (likely between $12 - $15).
Please let us know which option you prefer by June 1.

Presenter: SLA Board Member Graeme Watson has kindly offered to share his Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping expertise with us, showing us how we can leverage GIS as SLA members for our our purposes.

Agenda: In addition to the above presentation, we will also be providing you with details and updates of our financials; water quality and levels; boat ramp access; membership; upcoming community and social events; website updates, combating insects (it sounds like Cicadas will be plentiful this summer!), new business ideas and input from you, SLA members, and information and materials from South Frontenac Township about Community Emergency Preparedness. We will also port this information on the SLA website. If you have other agenda items you'd like us to add, please reach out to the SLA board by June 1.

Incident Reporting

Suspect illegal fishing?

Call the MNRF tips line: 1-877-847-7667

Report unsafe & dangerous boating practices

Call the OPP: 1-888-310-1122

Report a noise bylaw violation

Call the bylaw office: 1-613-541-3213


Community Emergency Preparedness

Be prepared in the event of emergencies:
  1. Fill out a My Emergency Plan to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
  2. Be familiar with the Checklist to Protect Your Home and Property from Wildfires.
  3. The FireSmart Canada website is excellent and has links to various brochures, s uch as FireSmart Begins at Home Guide, and FireSmart Guide to Landscaping.
They are adding a new resources regularly to the South Frontenac Emergency Management page, so make this a regular hub to check out!

Source Protection

The Cataraqui Conservation's Source Water Protection website provides education on drinking water supply protections under the Clean Water Act. This includes the Sydenham Intake Protection Zone.

Also refer to Ontario's guidance on best practices for source protection.

Lake Reporting Dashboard

Lake Reporting Dashboard provides a variety of details about the local ecosystem.

Further information can be attained by contacting Cataraqui Conservation.

Lake Networking Group

This summer, Watersheds Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Love Your Lake shoreline evaluation program! To honour this milestone and continue promoting the health of Canada's freshwater, check out their latest blog post: 10 successful years for Love Your Lake.

About Love Your Lake

Love Your Lake is a shoreline evaluation program designed to encourage waterfront property owners to take proactive steps toward improving lake health by creating and maintaining healthier shorelines. Each property owner on an assessed lake receives a personalized and confidential report that outlines voluntary actions they can take on their property to protect their freshwater. Anyone can discover how to become a steward of their local freshwater and explore helpful tips to keep your shoreline happy and healthy for future generations by visiting LoveYourLake.ca.

About Watersheds Canada

Watersheds Canada is a registered Canadian charity that delivers programs in communities across the country for shoreline owners, community groups, students, and organizations to enhance and protect the health of lakes, rivers, and shorelines. Learn more.

About Canadian Wildlife Federation

The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering education programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes, and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. Learn more.

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