DCLA Newsletter, July 2021
Providing stewardship of the lakes and surrounding environment for present and future generations.
We are an association of permanent and seasonal residents as well as visitors and supporters of the lakes.
Dog and Cranberry Lakes are located in eastern Ontario and are a part of the Rideau Canal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are known for the scenic beauty of their shorelines which are typical of the rugged, rocky Canadian Shield of the Frontenac Arch - a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The combination of natural deep basins and shallow "drowned lands" provides aquatic habitat for a variety of fish, including bass, crappie, pike and splake.
This year we are in the process of developing a Lake Health Action Plan with a focus on water quality. One of the key determinants of water quality is the preservation or restoration of a natural shoreline. Here are three great resources for shoreline protection and improvement.
The Lake Protection Workbook was created as a self-assessment tool for lakeshore property owners. It was designed to help us understand how our actions might be affecting the lake and provides helpful tips on improving the natural environment along the shoreline.
The Cataraqui Conservation Authority (CRCA) has valuable information for anyone planning to work on their waterfront properties or near watercourses, floodplains or wetlands including information regarding permits that may be required from the CRCA or the local municipality.
Watersheds Canada - The Natural Edge guides landowners through the process of restoring a natural shoreline. Love Your Lakes assesses the entire shoreline of a lake and provides every landowner with a confidential, personalized property report and recommended actions for improving lake health for people and wildlife