Message from the President: Love Summer; Love Your Lake!

by Mike Thomas, PLCA President

There is never a dull moment when you are involved with your lake association.  Our primary activity this cottage season is to complete the ‘Love Your Lake’ project which involves the shoreline assessment of all Paudash Lake (upper & lower). I discussed this fully in our winter newsletter and thank-you to the volunteers who have offered to drive the boats or house the students from Trent University who are scheduled to be here for the last week of August.

As for a re-cap here is what will be happening: You will see 2 or 3 people in a boat with a digital camera and computer. They are taking a photograph of your shoreline. Later they will analyze the quality of each property’s shoreline in a report that will be confidentially sent to the property owner in the spring of 2017.  

 From left to right: Federation of Ontario Cottage Association (FOCA) President Ken Grant, PLCA Treasurer Allan McKellar, PLCA President Mike Thomas, and FOCA Executive Director Terry Rees, at the March 5thFOCA AGM in Toronto.

From left to right: Federation of Ontario Cottage Association (FOCA) President Ken Grant, PLCA Treasurer Allan McKellar, PLCA President Mike Thomas, and FOCA Executive Director
Terry Rees, at the March 5thFOCA AGM in Toronto.

Hopefully, if your report suggests that improvements can be made which will help improve the quality of the lake water and the shoreline area for animals and plants, you will contact us and the PCLA will then assist you with information about a native re-planting program.

Unfortunately with about 700 properties to do, and being the last lake scheduled for this summer, I found out that if the ‘Love Your Lake’ people are running behind schedule, then Paudash could be deferred to 2017.  Watch our website (PaudashLake.org) for updates.

Jim Sangster (our VP) and I attended a number of meetings with the Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Association (CHA) this past spring and a very ‘real’ example of the importance of good quality lake water to your property value was presented.

Without naming the lake, we were told about a lake in the Haliburton-Kawartha region that has had a terrible problem with blue-green algae forming on the lake for a few years now.  Certainly phosphates in the water are a big contributor to this.  

In 2015 the average resale price of cottages on this lake was down by 40 per cent from three years earlier. This in an economy where cottage values have been going the other way.

Another item that has almost gone unnoticed in 2016 is the new requirement to have an approved dock permit from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) for any rebuilds, new builds or modifications to existing dock 

structures.  Plans need to be submitted to the MNRF office in Bancroft (application is on the MNRF website) who, at some time in the future, will assess them. This came about because of a court case in North Kawartha township last year. The MNRF was not prepared for this new responsibility and have less manpower to look after it.

Again this year (in May) North Bay and Joe Bay received over 5,000 lake trout in the ongoing stocking program the North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery has done now for 2 years and will for the next 3 years (www.fishhatchery.ca).  Please donate on their website to help this organization and their volunteers.  The PLCA does not have to pay them anything for this stocking program.

Our annual General Meeting is July 16th at 9am, at the Lakehouse Restaurant again. Please come out and hear our special guest speaker, Peter Lillico, who is a lawyer in Peterborough and an expert on cottage succession planning.

As always the PLCA needs help from volunteers, in particular, we need people to help getting advertisements for our newsletter and someone to assist with the physical organization of mailing the newsletters. Right now we have to pay an outside company to do this. Please consider a few hours a year for the PLCA.  

Have a safe and healthy summer and ‘Love Your Lake!’