This page contains important notices that are too lengthy to fit on a single line in the Advisories box on the Home Page. As new information is received, additional posts will be added here. When a news item is closed off, the posts will be transferred to the archives section below the double-dash line.
The deadline for application is THIS FRIDAY, 4 Oct 2019. Private Road Associations located in Beckwith Township can apply to receive a private road maintenance grant. Here are the documents you need to make an application:
BECKWITH ROAD MAINTENANCE GRANTS for PRIVATE ROAD ASSOCIATIONS
initially posted 4 Sep 2019; updated 19 sep 2019
REMINDER: for Road Associations in Beckwith Township, the deadline for applications is 4 October 2019.
The MLA Roads Committee has become aware that some Road Associations are not making use of this great opportunity to obtain extra funds to help with their road maintenance costs. View this list to see if your Association qualifies and what funding you can obtain simply by applying. If you have not already applied, you are highly encouraged to do so. If you need help to complete and submit an application, please contact Richard Teahen, Chair of the MLA Private Roads Committee, for assistance.
What about the other Municipalities?
To date, only Beckwith Township has such a program in place. The origin of this program is a report completed in 2008 recommending the establishment of a Private Roads Equalization Program (PREP). Pages 25,26 of the final report list 45 Road Associations, the recommended allocations, and the 2009 actual allocations. The MLA is pleased that Beckwiith Township chose to launch this program, but notes that the actual allocation amounts have not changed since 2009 despite increases to maintenance expenses and taxes in the past ten years..
The MLA is continuing its efforts to encourage the other municipalities to introduce a similar program. Please take time to read the Road Committee's report on this issue, which was recently mentioned in the Your Mississippi Minute e-newsletter. This topic was discussed at the 2019 AGM in May. Also, the MLA held a Town Hall in June 2019 on this specific topic, with good turnout - but now this interest must be converted into positive action to engage the Townships. If you are a property owner on a private road around Mississippi Lake, please help the MLA to send a clear message to your municipality that a PREP or similar program should be introduced.
The main question is: why is little to none of your tax dollars being applied to help Road Associations maintain their roads?
2019 FLOOD - DRAO ACTIVATION FOR LANARK COUNTY
The Disaster Relief Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program has been activated for Lanark County. Here is the map of the areas activated.
Details on registration can be found at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/apply-disaster-recovery-assistance
The separate application forms for Homeowners and Tenants, or for Small Businesses, Not-For-Profit Organizations and Farms can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/apply-disaster-recovery-assistance#section-3
29 Apr 19 Sunfish Sailboat
sailboat was reunited with its owner on 1 May 2019
A Sunfish sailboat with hull marking 1571 has drifted up on Ebbs Shore, Big Lake.
Please contact Brent or Nicole at 613-434-1894 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Three photos of the sailboat:
March 2019 - MVCA Videos
7 Mar 19: Flood Forecasting and Warning
14 Mar 19: Stoplog Operations
21 Mar 19: Municipal Preparedness
28 Mar 19: Snow Courses
8 Nov 18 - ROAD MAINTENANCE GRANTS FOR PRIVATE ROAD ASSOCIATIONS
Beckwith Township published an application package on 8 Sep 2018. For Road Associations in Beckwith Township, this is a reminder that the deadline for applications is 14 Nov 18. The MLA Roads Committee has become aware that some Road Associations are not making use of this great opportunity to obtain extra funds to help with their road maintenance costs. If you have not already applied, you are highly encouraged to do so. Here is the info package.
To date, only Beckwith Township has such a program in place. The origin of this program is a report completed in 2008 recommending the establishment of a Private Roads Equalization Program (PREP). Here is the full report. The MLA is continuing its efforts to encourage the other municipalities to introduce a similar program. Please take time to read the Road Committee's latest report on this issue, which was recently mentioned in the Your Mississippi Minute e-newsletter. The main question is: why is little to none of your tax dollars being applied to help Road Associations maintain their roads? If you are a property owner on a private road around Mississippi Lake, please help the MLA to send a clear message to your municipality that a PREP or similar program should be introduced.
6 Oct 18 - UPDATE ON BLUE GREEN ALGAE - here's a report on recent blooms detected on the lake.
BLUE GREEN ALGAE (BGA) BLOOM ON COOKE'S SHORE
A large algae bloom in the Big Lake was first reported on 14 Sep 2018. As this was suspected to be BGA, the Health Unit took samples for analysis and issued an Advisory. The bloom has since dissipated, however the analysis confirmed that this was BGA and that toxin was present. Here are the results.
Two more blooms were reported after this first bloom, which prompted the Health Unit to issue a third Notice, dated 28 Sep 18. The results of these latest blooms are not yet available (as at 6 Oct 18). Here is a recap of everything that has happened so far.
If you observe an algae bloom and suspect it to be Blue Green Algae, do not hesitate to report it:
to the Health Unit using the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853 or by email at email@example.com
and to advise the MLA at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can inform our lake community.
New Dates for Invasive Plant Survey 2018
The info published in the YMM Newsletter on 1 July 2018 has been updated. Please note these new dates:
Coordination meeting: 13 Aug 2018, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, at the MVCA Offices
Survey timeframe: 18-31 Aug 2018
Sign up for one of ten spots at the 25 July Watersheds Canada seminar, design your Shoreline, and get free plants! See poster for details
12 Apr 2018 Report of Proceedings for the Road Association Town Hall
Spring's Coming !
We're not there yet, but hopefully the remainder of Winter will be less painful than it has been. With Spring comes a new season of boating and fun on the lake, and other issues such as (hopefully minimal) flooding, weeds, fishing tournaments, Road Association AGM's, MLA membership renewal, etc.
In the coming weeks, MLA intends to host a Townhall meeting to invite Road Association representatives to attend and discuss what issues most affect their communities, and what issues we could address together to find options and solutions to improve your particular situations. A short list of possible topics include:
To Incorporate or not - Advantages and Drawbacks
Collecting Road Dues - tools available to get people to cooperate
Membership in the MLA - what you are getting for your $10 fee?
Membership in FOCA - what are the advantages and costs?
Water levels in the watershed - how does MVCA manage these?
Private Roads - who is responsible, and for what?
Please visit this site regularly to find out what we're planning. Better still, tell us directly what you want to see addressed.
In the meantime, please read the latest article on how to deal with weeds around your waterfront. Thank you very much to Alyson Symon from MVCA for this very informative piece.
30 Nov 17 - Fishing Tournament Town Hall
5 Nov 2017 - Aircraft Carrier adrift on the lake
NOTE: as at 27 Nov 2017, no new information has been received regarding this model. If you think you know who the owner is, please inform the MLA.
A model of an aircraft carrier has appeared on Cooke's Shore (see attached photo). It is about 6' long, made of plywood and does not appear to be motorized. It likely broke free of its moorings as a result of high winds and water levels. There are no identification markings. The owner should contact Tanis Cordick for details on how to recover the model.
Lake Links Workshop Beyond the Shoreline: Science to Stewardship
Saturday, 21 Oct 2017, at the Perth Civitan Hall. You are most welcome to attend this highly informative forum for discussing how lake health is impacted by EVERYTHING that lies beyond the shoreline. Agenda and registration details
MARKER BUOYS WERE DEPLOYED 7 JUN 17
MARKER BUOY DEPLOYMENT - DELAY
We are experiencing an abnormally high lake water level for this time of the year. Although MVCA has terminated its recent Flood Warning on 15 May 2017, it assesses that water levels and flows will be higher than normal for at least the next 7-10 days. The MLA marker buoys cannot be deployed at these high water levels. People might wish to consider delaying deploying any boat docks and/or cradles until the lake level returns to normal.
We will delay buoy deployment until the level stablizes at around 134.45 MASL. The current level is 135.22 MASL, so we will wait for a drop of at least another 77 cm (approx 2.5 ft) before deploying the buoys. We will make an update announcement at the AGM on Thursday, and will update the website as water levels drop.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
at Brunton Hall, Beckwith, 7-9pm, 18 May 2017.
Doors will open at 6:30 pm for Membership registration and renewals.
In addition to the regular business of the AGM, there will be a presentation by Watersheds Canada regarding their highly successful Natural Shorelines program, and there will be a vote on a Special Resolution to adopt an updated By-Law #1 for the MLA. All MLA members are highly encouraged to attend this meeting.
Please review the following documents which will be presented at the meeting:
Nominations for Directors
2017-2018 Proposed Budget
Proposed updated By-Law #1
UPDATE: the AGM took place as scheduled but was disrupted by a power outage just before the mid-point Break. The meeting Agenda continued nevertheless without the benefit of the slide presentation. The slide presentation is availalbe as a PDF on the AGM page of this website.
CARLETON PLACE HOME SHOW
at the Carleton Place arena, 7-9 April 2017. We will be at the Home Show throughout the weekend. Come and visit us, and learn about the Lake Plan and the recently completed and highly successful Love Your Lake program.
4 Nov 16 No new reports have been received. If anybody has any info to share, please inform the MLA.
16 Oct 16 No further information has been received regarding this raft.
9 Oct 16 A blue and yellow inflatable plastic raft, about ten foot in diameter, has been spotted on Burnt Island between Burnt and Pine Islands on Mississippi Lake. These islands are located at the East end of the Big Lake, near Ebbs Bay. The raft was last seen (on 9 Oct 16) lodged in a small cove on Burnt Island, but winds could easily dislodge the raft. Please advise the MLA if you spot and/or recover this raft.
BLUE-GREEN ALGAE BLOOM
4 Nov 16 No further reports have been received. With decreases in temperature as we head into Winter, it is unlikely that there will be further sightings of this bloom.
16 Oct 16 Water samples from the lake, taken on 7 Oct 16 by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), have confirmed the presence of ANABAENA algae in the bloom. This species as the potential to produce harmful levels of toxin, but in this particular case, the levels were within safe limits.
Total Microcystins Amount detected was: 0.2 micrograms per liter.
Ontario Water Quality Standard for drinking water is: 1.5 micrograms per liter.
Health Canada Guidelines for recreational exposure is: 20.0 micrograms per liter.
|PLEASE NOTE: conditions in the lake and river are continuously changing. You must still exercise caution if you desire to use the lake recreationally. Contact the Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060 if you detect a bloom in the water, and please take photos if you can.|
8 Oct 16 The Health Unit issued an advisory note on 7 Oct 16 regarding a suspected blue-green algae bloom on Lake Mississippi in Drummond North Elmsley Township. A local report indicates that the bloom was located along Ebbs Bay and Rothwell Shore, however it appears that the bloom has since dissipated.
MLA will post further bulletins/updates from the Health Unit as we receive them.
Here are two photos of the bloom on 7 Oct 16
DROUGHT CONDITIONS - view the MVCA Statement issued 20 Jun 2016.
LOW WATER ADVISORY - view the MVCA Statement issued 26 May 2016
18 May 2016
Effective today, MLA has deployed the marker buoys on Lake Mississippi for the 2016 boating season. Please refer to the map on the Home Page (Quick Links) for the general location of the buoys, and to the "Marker Buoy" web page for additional information regarding this program. The marker buoys will remain in position for the season, and will be withdrawn in October.
The marker buoys are placed near known hazards/rocks in the lake, to assist boaters to navigate safely. THE BUOYS INDICATE SHALLOW WATER AND UNDERWATER HAZARDS. KEEP WELL CLEAR OF THESE BUOYS, AND DO NOT NAVIGATE YOUR BOAT THROUGH A GROUP OF BUOYS.
If you spot a buoy that is drifting, or you think that it is not in its proper position, please contact the MLA and let us know! We will certainly take action to retrieve the buoys and to return them to their proper position(s).
We are looking for volunteers to join our Buoy Watch Program to assist the MLA in monitoring buoys throughout the boating season. If you are interested in joining our team, please let us know and we will be pleased to add you to this important team.
Pitch-In Canada program
The Township of Drummond/North Elmsley has registered with the national Pitch-In initiative to "...clean up litter and other garbage from urban, rural and wilderness areas". The program takes place during the week of 17-23 April 2016. Please visit the Pitch-In website for further details regarding this wonderful project. Residents of DNE who wish to participate are requested to contact the municipal office at 613-267-6500, and/or visit the DNE website.
Boat Hoist off Hughes Island
16 Apr 16 - The boat hoist on a floating platform was recovered and returned to its proper location. Thanks to everyone who has helped get the word out!
1 Apr 16 - A boat hoist was reported floating or drifting with the ice along the east shore of Hughes Island. No further information is available. If you spot this boat hoist, or have newer information, please inform the MLA and we will add the information here.
6 Apr 16 - FOUND: an aluminum boat lift on floating wooden raft with blue barrels under for flotation. The blue barrels are breaking through the wooden platform. It is currently secured to the shore along Squaw Point Road. Please contact Jeff or Gord at Dockmaster (613-253-0437) for further details.
11 Apr 16 - to date, nobody has come forward to contact MLA or Dockmaster to claim this item.
9 Apr 16 - no further information is available, and nobody has contacted us to claim the hoist. If your boat lift is missing or know somebody who has lost one recently, please contact the MLA or Dockmaster (info provided above) to get further details.