We get it: summer is brief, and aquatic plants and algae can be annoying when you're trying to make the most of #docklife. It can be tempting to rip them out, install an expensive water circulator or even use an herbicide to get rid of them.
But many of the plants growing in and around your shoreline are actually good for you, the water and the thriving ecosystem that makes your waterfront getaway so great.
A 15-acre swath of Hydro Ottawa land will soon be a buzzing metropolis of bees, birds and butterflies as the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) helps plant one of the largest pollinator meadows in Eastern Ontario.
We get by with a little help from our friends, and Foley Mountain Conservation Area is no exception.
Friends of Foley Mountain, a charitable group that has aided the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority's Westport site since 1996, has continued its support despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The RVCA's tree planting program has many branches of support, but it's the sturdy trunk of Forests Ontario that holds it all together.
The provincial not-for-profit manages the 50 Million Tree Program, which provides two-thirds of RVCA's tree planting funding each year to help private landowners undertake largescale afforestation (the creation of new forests) for just pennies per tree.