Waste Management Survey
Peterborough County is updating the Waste Management Master Plan.
Survey closes April 30th. Average time to complete is 6 minutes. April 12\18
Environment Day in Buckhorn
The Buckhorn Transfer Site will host a County of Peterborough Environment Day on Sunday, June 10th, 2018.
- Hard cover books
- media (dvd,cd,tapes)
- Child safety restraints (car seats)
- Mattresses, $11 each
Hazardous waste will be collected using the on-site depot. April 12\18
Disposal at Buckhorn Transfer Station
Here's just a few of things you can bring to the Buckhorn Transfer Station:
- compostable organics
- leaf, yard waste and brush
- household hazardous waste (seasonal)
- hard plastic (may be acceptable this summer)
- household batteries and rechargeable batteries
- waste electronics and electrical equipment
- scrap metal
- alcoholic beverage containers
- items for reuse (seasonal)
Read what goes into a backyard composter here.
Organics Program in Buckhorn
Read what goes into the organics program at the Buckhorn Land Transfer Station here.
If you find garbage on the road, please take a photo and email the photo to the Trent Lakes Municipal office or give them a call. They will send someone to pick up the garbage or you may take the unsorted garbage to the transfer station with prior approval.
Here is the contact page on the Trent Lakes website. April 12\18
If you lend or rent your cottage, please ensure that occupants understand how to properly dispose of garbage. If you don't make arrangements for them, don't assume they'll take the garbage home.
You can purchase a Cottage Kit at the transfer station. It includes a single pass and disposal bags. Click on the image below for more information.
Trent Lakes Fire By-Law
Pursuant to By-Law
lanterns are prohibited
in Trent Lakes and
fireworks are prohibited
during a Burn Ban.
ext 301 for burn ban
information. May 31\17
Nature - Our Best Defense Against Flooding
THINK twice before you harden your shoreline or change a wetland. You could affect our ability to combat flooding.
Read the full article on the David Suzuki
Excerpts from the article:
Floods have become one of the most visible signs of the effects of climate change in cities, towns and rural areas throughout Canada.
Spring floods aren’t unusual, but the intensity and frequency of recent rains are breaking records.
Deforestation, wetland destruction and artificial shoreline projects worsen the problem.
Green Cleaning Recipes
We're including a homemade spray cleaner in our welcome packages.
Try our recipe and adjust the essential oil to suit you.
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp liquid castile soap
- 10 drops essential oil (thyme)
For more homemade cleaning recipes, see the Queen of Green
article on the David Suzuki website.
Green Personal Care Recipes
Liquid castile soap can be used on its own or as a base for home cleaning and personal care as well. Try it as a laundry liquid, shampoo, shower gel or bubble bath. It's great for shampooing your dog too. You can even mix it with water to spray aphids, but be sure to rinse your plant leaves within a couple of hours.
For deodorant, use a simple two step process with coconut oil and cornstarch or arrowroot powder or try this Queen of Green recipe for deodorant.
Caution: when melting beeswax for a personal care recipe, never microwave or use direct heat. Use a double boiler or fashion one out of a steamer. Beeswax does not boil when it gets hot, it catches fire!
For toothpaste, melt coconut oil and mix in baking soda or try this Queen of Green recipe with a couple additional ingredients to make your own
toothpaste. May 31\17
This non-toxic alternative can be used on weeds and grass in your driveway.
- 1 tsp. of dishwashing liquid
- 1 tsp. of salt
- 1 cup of vinegar
Stir and pour on the weeds. The exposed part of the weeds will dry up within a couple of hours. It works best in a sunny location. You may still need to pull or rake the weeds to remove them.
Try weeding after a heavy rain when the ground is softer. You won't need to apply anything.
Native Plants Offer More Bugs for Birds
Here's another reason to plant native trees. Native trees attract more insects, which in turn feeds more birds. Native plants in general feed our wildlife, non-native plants do not and invasive non-native plants crowd out our useful plants.
Read the full article on the Audubon website.
Kawartha Conservation is launching a new Forest Bathing program this spring to help connect people across the watershed to nature and improve their physical and mental health.
Read the full
article on the Kawartha Conservation website.
Come and enjoy some forest bathing with us at our Spring Nature Walk on May 5th. See our homepage for details. April 12\18
Lighting at Night Can Destroy Habitat in an Instant
From The Land Between website:
Dark skies are often overlooked as important parts of habitat….but lighting instantly affects all species.
Humans sleep best without glaring lights – and so do animals!
Having lights on at night destroys the sleeping areas for many animals, such as Hummingbirds and songbirds; but also confuses and changes the natural order of the world.
For more information on how night time lighting affects wildlife and what you can do about it, go to the full article on The Land Between website. March 20\18
Invasive Plant Species
Check before you plant
For a plant to be classified as invasive it must be a non-native with a tendency to spread, threaten the environment, social or economic health of the area. The problem is simple to understand; as there are no natural diseases or pests to control them, like native plants, they can spread uncontrollably and crowd out our native plants. There are over 400 species of invasive plants in Ontario.
Last year’s brilliant and well meaning campaign by Cheerios to “bring back the bees” resulted in 400 million seeds being sent out across Canada and 1.5 billion were sent out in total across North American included forget-me-nots. Forget-me-nots are native to Africa and were introduced to gardens because of their beauty, and because they have no natural checks and balances they can quickly escape their boundaries.
Many invasive plants are beautiful and some have even been sold innocently by garden centres, such as periwinkle and ornamental grasses. An ornamental grass can be controlled in a city but when people bring them to the cottage and let them grow uncontrollably we create a situation that can disrupt our healthy biodiversity. Phragmites is an invasive perennial grass that originated in Eurasia and is quickly becoming Ontario’s worst invasive plant. Phragmites release toxins from their roots that obstruct the growth of other native plants as they outcompete them for sunlight, water and nutrients. They will kill off the natural bulrushes and cattails. With their dense clusters there is no wildlife that will live within it; no nests or wildlife activity, just quiet.
To learn more about Phragmites and how to identify it go to:
Invasive Phragmites – Best Management Practices.
If you think you have seen an invasive species please report it to:
Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or by email: email@example.com
You can check out what to grow instead here: Grow Me Instead.
Demonstration Site Plants
This is a list of the native plants that were used for our demonstration site:
- Sweet gale
- White Turtlehead
- Potentilla yellow
- Potentilla white
- Woodland sunflower
- Smooth Rose (aka wild rose)
- Beebalm (aka red bergamot)
- Joe pyeweed
- Blue lobelia
Our top perennial picks for your shoreline are: Swamp Milkweed, Blue Flag Iris, Blue Lobelia and Joe Pye Weed. Great shrubs are Red Osier Dogwood, Willow and Sweetgale.
See Native Plant Nursery Catalogues on our Links page and find your new favourite. Note: these nurseries are wholesalers, so consider grouping your order with a neighbour's and be sure to call ahead.
Why native plants? Native plants provide food for birds, bees and other pollinators. May 31\17
Identify it. Avoid it.
Poison Ivy may be difficult to identify. It spreads by runners. It can be very small or tall and bushy depending on how established it has become. Leaves are reddish to green when starting to show in May, but will turn solid green. The leaves turn red when it dies off in the fall. Leaves can be shiny or dull, droopy or upright. There are always three leaves, two opposite each other with a third lower leaf.
It is a native plant. If it is on your property and it is difficult to avoid, you can spray it with a weedkiller, but it will grow back. The pesticide ban in Ontario does allow you to spray poison ivy, but is not allowed for cosmetic use, i.e., grass or dandelions in your driveway.
If you are able pull out poison ivy, dispose of it in the garbage. Do not burn or compost. If you are allergic, you can react to debris in an area where poison ivy once was.
For details click
Biodiversity is the variety of life. We cannot survive independently of each other. We need to have diverse plants and animals.
In an effort to increase biodiversity and improve our water quality, we are educating our lake residents about the importance of natural shorelines. We'll be planting a demonstration site on the lake. Also, we are distributing native plant starter kits.
By planting a variety of native plants along your shore, you'll:
- attract pollinators
- support the food web
- provide a buffer against species loss
- deter geese from your property
- prevent toxins from entering into the lake
- reduce pests
- eliminate the need for fertilizers
- reduce erosion
2017 E.coli Test Results
Click on the image below to see the 2017 E.coli Test Results as of September 11th. We had a high reading on September 5th. Retesting on September 11th showed normal results.
2017 Water Quality Report
Click on the image below to see our 2017 Water Quality Report, dated May 6/17.
2017 Water Testing
Thank you to David Stanyar for doing the Phosphorus and Secchi Depth testing and to Rich Corbin for doing E.coli testing again this year.
Phosphorus and Secchi Depth testing starts in May and will be done 6 times between May and September.
E.coli will be tested on July 3, 17, 24, 31, Aug 14, Sept 4.
We will be posting results here and on our Facebook page. May 6\17
2017 E.coli Testing Sites
Click on the map below to see the sites that are being tested in 2017.
2016 Phosphorus and Secchi Depth Results for Big Bald Lake
We receive phosphorus testing results each spring for the previous year through the Lake Partner Program. You can review the 2016 results and see how other lakes did by going to the Lake Partner Program
Phosphorus is tested mid-lake. It was tested in another location for a few years, which may account for the increase from 2015 to 2016 or it may be due to the hot dry summer in 2016.
Click on the image below to see the full phosphorus testing history from the Lake Partner Program site.
Secchi Depth Results
Click on the image below to see the Secchi depth history.
How we can reduce E.coli
The following is an excerpt from an article in the KLSA Lake Water Quality 2015 Report, Protecting the Natural Beauty Around Us.
We can help keep our lakes cleaner by:
- discouraging large populations of waterfowl
by keeping our shorelines well vegetated. (Clear
sightlines from the water to lush green grass are
very inviting to geese!)
- reducing erosion, e.g., interrupt the flow of water
off the land with plants and curving paths
- minimizing lake sediment disturbance, e.g., keep
your boat’s power down until you are in deeper
... and from our Water Quality Testing Report
Tips on Protecting our Lake and Yourself
- Don't feed geese and other waterfowl.
- Naturalize shorelines.
- Don't swim after a heavy rain.
- Clean up and properly dispose of any animal waste from geese and dogs.
- Don't overload your septic - spread out your laundry loads.
- Have your septic tank pumped out every three years.
Acquatic Weeds as Fertilizer
If you don't want to haul your acquatic weeds to the dump, try mixing them with dry leaves to make a great natural fertilizer for your gardens. Just make sure you have a natural shoreline to ensure those nutrients don't get washed back into the lake. April 12\18
2016 FOCA Lake Stewards Newsletter and
Peterborough Public Health - Blue-green Algae
What are blue-green algae?
Blue-green algae are not really algae, and they aren’t even always blue-green. They are actually a type of bacteria called “Cyanobacteria” that get their energy through photosynthesis, like plants do. Cyanobacteria are known for rapidly reproducing and collecting to form large, highly visible blooms that can appear throughout the water, on the surface of water as a scum, or on the lake bottom as a mat. Some species of cyanobacteria can release toxins into the water when the cells that make up the bloom rupture or die. Some species do not; blooms contain a mix of species, but it is estimated that up to half of cyanobacterial blooms are non-toxic.
Factors affecting blooms
Within lakes, cyanobacteria can occur naturally in low numbers,
but under certain conditions their numbers can
increase dramatically, leading to blooms. A wide variety
of factors are linked to the formation of blooms, but the
most significant ones are increased nutrient input to
lakes, and a number of specific meteorological conditions
such as high water temperature, low rainfall/precipitation
and reduced wind speeds.
Consequently, blooms typically develop in shallow,
sheltered bays and during the summer or fall when these
meteorological conditions are most likely to occur.
How you can help
Management of nutrient inputs into lakes remains
a crucial step in controlling the occurrence and
frequency of algal blooms. Your personal actions
in support of this effort could range from using
phosphate-free products, to naturalizing your
shoreline which helps reduce erosion and phosphorus
loading. Reducing phosphorus loading will serve
to reduce one of the major predisposing conditions
necessary for bloom occurrence.
What should I do if I think I have spotted a blue-green algae bloom?
If you see an algae bloom that you think may be blue-green algae, report it to the MInistry of the Environment (MOE) by calling 1-800-268-6060. If it is the first blue-green algae bloom of the season on that lake or in that area, the MInistry will take a sample of the algae and identify whether it contains cyanobacteria. They will also test the toxin level from a dense area of the bloom, but will not return to confirm that the bloom or the toxin levels have dissipated. Subsequent blooms will not be individually identified.