News from: June 2018

RIDEAU WATERSHED, June 21, 2018 — How healthy is the Tay River? Readers can learn all about it in the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority’s (RVCA) Tay River Subwatershed Report. This information-loaded report summarizes the subwatershed’s health by looking at four indicators: forests, wetlands, shorelines and water quality. This is the second subwatershed report for the Tay River and compares baseline information collected from 2006 to 2017. Changes are small, but understanding how to prevent cumulative long-term changes is essential.

The Tay River begins its journey at Carnahan Lake, south of the Town of Sharbot Lake. From there it meanders northeast, draining water from 55 lakes into the Lower Rideau Lake at Port Elmsley. Along its way, the Tay flows through the Canadian Shield that defines many of the lakes in the area, including Long, Eagle, Crow and Bobs Lakes. From here downstream, the Tay takes on a more river-like form as it flows towards Christie Lake, before beginning the long descent through rich farmland and the Town of Perth to where it empties into Lower Rideau Lake.

RVCA’s monitoring efforts help us better understand watershed trends and help focus stewardship activities where they are needed the most. These subwatershed reports summarize RVCA information and are valuable tools for decision-makers at all levels — individuals, families, municipalities, counties and the province.

Conditions along the Tay River have remained similar to past years; however, now is always the best time to take steps to maintain, protect and improve our watershed conditions.

Efforts can be simple things like keeping shorelines natural and planting trees to more complicated municipal planning and development projects that protect surface water quality and aquatic habitat through the creation of riparian buffers, and application of stormwater best management practices. The report identifies what the RVCA, municipalities, residents, businesses, community groups and agricultural associations can do to help make environmental gains. 

For landowners looking to do their part, the RVCA provides a number of stewardship programs designed to improve watershed health. The programs provide technical expertise, grants and manpower. By connecting with landowners, the goal is to make real, on-the-ground improvements. Landowners who are interested in learning about possible projects can call the RVCA for details.

This report is part of a series including reports on the Lower Rideau (2012), Kemptville Creek (2013), Rideau Lakes (2014) and Middle Rideau (2015) and Jock River (2016), Next year, similar comparisons on watershed health will be made for the Lower Rideau Subwatershed. 

For your copy of this and other subwatershed reports, call the RVCA at 613-692-3571 ext. 1177 or visit For those looking for more scientific information, monitoring results will be available online this fall through the Tay’s 14 catchments reports.

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Rideau Valley Rural Clean Water Program Area

The Rideau Valley Rural Clean Water Program (RVRCWP) offers grants and technical assistance program for on-farm and rural projects that protect water quality in the Rideau River watershed outside the City of Ottawa (see map). We work in partnership with individual landowners to help protect the land and water we all rely on. 

The RVRCWP is guided by a Steering Committee made up of local citizens drawn from farm organizations, environmental interest groups as well as all levels of government with a direct link to the water environment.

Projects completed create a win-win situation all around. The landowner gets a helping hand with the financing of conservation work, the program sponsors get the pleasure of giving back to their community, and our children and grandchildren get to enjoy a clean healthy Rideau River as our legacy to them all.

Funding is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Projects completed prior to contacting RVCA will not be eligible for funding. 

Eligible Landowners

  • Farmers who have completed a 3rd edition or newer Environmental Farm Plan (EFP)
  • Rural non-farmers who have completed a Healthy Home Guide, may be eligible for funding
  • The Healthy Home Guide will be provided uring site visits

Applicants must:

  • Apply prior to starting work on your project
  • Obtain all necessary permits, approvals, and meet all legal requirements
  • Complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). 

What is generally eligible for funding?

  • Permit / approval costs
  • Purchased materials and supplies
  • Contract labour and professional fees

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please contact the RVCA AT 613-692-3571 ext. 1136 to register your information and confirm eligibility

Download your application form here.

Do you have more questions about the RVRCWP?: Click here to view our FAQs (frequently asked questions).

RVRCWP Eligible Project Categories

Eligible Projects/ Click here to view project details,
download RVRCWP brochure
Maximum Grant %Maximum Grant $
Clean Water Diversion* 50% $5,000
Surface/Wastewater Treatment/Management* 50% $5,000
Livestock Restriction from Water–Livestock Crossing, Alternate Watering, Fencing* 90% $7,500
Pesticide/Chemical/Fertilizer/Fuel Storage and Handling Facility* 50% $1,000
Nutrient Management Plans/Precision Farming* 50% $1,000
Manure Storage/Treatment* 50% $15,000
Controlled Tile Drainage* 80% $1,000
Erosion Control - Field and Tile Outlet* 90% $3,500
Cover Crops* $50/Acre $1,000
Land Retirement* $150/Acre $1,500/Year
Erosion Control - Shoreline 90% $3,500
Buffers 90% $7,500
Windbreaks 75% $6,000
Forest & Wetland Management Plans 75% $750
Private Sewage System Repair 50%  $1,000
Well Upgrade 50% $500
Well Decommissioning 90% $1,000
Well Replacement 50% $2,000
Education Initiative 75% $1,000
Innovative Projects 50%   $5,000

 *Available only to farmers with an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP)

Please note: program grant rates may change without notice or be adjusted by the Review Committee.

BEFORE YOU COMPLETE YOUR PROJECT, contact RVCA for program information. 

  • Submit completed application to: 
    Rural Clean Water Program,
    Box 599, 3889 Rideau Valley Dr.,
    Manotick, ON K4M 1A5 or
  • Be sure to attach your estimates/quotes and any necessary permits
  • A site representative will visit your property
  • Project is reviewed by our Review Committee
  • Project proceeds if approved
  • Payment issued upon completion of work, inspection by site representative and submission of all permits, approvals and proof of payment

Download your application form here

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Foley Mountain Forest School offers an alternative education in which children spend most of their time outside, learning through experiential, hands-on opportunities that promote curiosity in an active and authentic learning environment. Students will receive the benefits of repeated and regular visits to a natural area, in a play and inquiry-based education setting.

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Forest School FREE Family Programs

We’re excited to announce this spring and summer Foley Mountain Forest School will be offering 12 FREE morning programs for families with children of all ages. Children and parents can experience nature hands-on, as a family, connect with the outdoors and build a lifelong relationship with the natural world.We’re excited to announce this spring and summer Foley Mountain Forest School will be offering 12 FREE morning programs for families with children of all ages. Children and parents can experience nature hands-on, as a family, connect with the outdoors and build a lifelong relationship with the natural world.

We will spend time wandering and playing in the forest, exploring new treasures, listening to stories, and building creations after a lovely hike. Come out to find community as we walk the trails and play before heading back out into the world.

General Information: 

  • This is a drop-in group — everyone is welcome! 
  • Pre-registration is not required
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • FREE of cost
  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day
Summer DatesFall DatesCamp Hours Register
Thursday, August 23
Monday, August 27

Monday, September 24
Monday, October 22
Monday, November 26

10:00 to 11:30  Registration Form


Forest School Kindergarten Program — Open House Tues, Aug 28!

This fall, Foley Mountain Forest School will be accepting registrations for our NEW Kindergarten morning program for children ages 3-6 years. Students will be engaged in a child-centered learning environment that is active, challenging, experiential and authentic.

General Information:

  • Fall session begins September 10, 2018
  • Pre-registration is required
  • Children ages 3-6 years welcome
  • Cost per Session (See chart below)
  • 9:00 a.m. to 12pm (3 hours), two days a week
Registration Information
Program Session — 12 weeksDateTimeFeeRegister
Forest School Kindergarten - Fall Session (ages 3-6) One morning/week
9am – 12pm $300 Registration Form
Forest School Kindergarten - Fall Session (ages 4-6) Two morning/week 
9am – 12pm $600 Registration Form

The following items need to be completed and included for full registration in the Foley Mountain Forest School Kindergarten Program:

Once you have completed all items on this checklist, send completed registration packages by email to:

Rebecca Whitman at or by mail to: Foley Mountain Conservation Area, P.O. Box 244, Westport ON K0G 1X0


Rebecca Whitman
Foley Mountain Area Supervisor and Camp Director

Tel: 613-273- 3255
Fax: 613-692- 0831


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EASTERN ONTARIO, June 6, 2018: The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) is pleased to report that 275,000 healthy native tree seedlings have been planted in the Rideau Valley this spring. These young trees add to the total as RVCA and its planting partners strive to plant a total of 6.5 million trees by 2020. 

Tree planting is one of the most practical ways to take care of our watershed and the wider environment. RVCA’s reforestation programs are a great way for landowners to improve their property by:

  • Increasing forest cover
  • Improving wildlife habitat
  • Increasing biodiversity
  • Protecting soil from erosion
  • Improving water quality and water conservation and so much more!

The RVCA offers a full-service reforestation program for landowners interested in having one acre or more (0.4 hectares) planted in trees. The land must be suitable for tree planting and the landowner must be willing to plant 1,000 trees or more. The RVCA’s full-service program includes free site visits with forestry experts, development of planting plans, site preparation, tree planting operations, follow-up assessments and operations to ensure long-term tree establishment. “Our program is focused on increasing forest cover throughout our watershed. So much of the land is privately owned so we work with local landowners to provide them with easy and affordable tree planting services,” said Scott Danford, RVCA Forestry Manager.  

Typical costs for the full-service tree-planting program are $0.15/tree ($120/acre). The RVCA and its planting partners cover all additional costs. “We have numerous community-minded partners who support our tree planting program and help reduce the costs for landowners,” said Scott Danford. Planting partners include the City of Ottawa, Forests Ontario, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, Eastern Ontario Model Forest, Pratt & Whitney Canada, McGarry Funeral Homes, Newcap LiVE 88.5, Carleton Refrigeration, Pratt & Whitney Canada and the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation.

Trees are vital for a healthy and sustainable future; start planning now for planting next spring. If you would like to plant trees or to get more information call Scott Danford at 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1175 or visit 

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3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504


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