August 30, 2019
Water Levels (once again)

Back in April and May of this year, we were concerned about high water levels and flooding. Now at the end of August, members are expressing concern about low water water levels due to the lack of rainfall and limited precipitation.

In conversation with LOBA Environment Chair Caroline Konarzewski, Meghan Powell from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) indicated that we are in a drought situation and water levels are extremely low because of this. The warm temperatures and sunshine are evaporating, on average, 1 cm of water a day from our lake. Water has been released from higher up in Haliburton but no more can be released because their levels are low also.

Please exercise increased caution when boating. Close to shore, rocks and other hazards may be close to the surface. Watch your wake, as waves of any size can cause damage to boats moored in shallower than usual waters.

The Provincial Government has set up a Muskoka Watershed Advisory Group ( read more here ) and has named Doug McNeil as Ontario’s Special Advisor on flooding ( read more here ). The roles and responsibilities of the Advisory Group and Special Advisor are not yet clear, but as we learn more, we will keep you posted.

Real-Time Hydrometric Data Graph for LAKE OF BAYS AT BAYSVILLE
from 2019-01-01 to 2091-08-30

Lake of Bays Association
Propane program
LOBA has again negotiated group rates with our two partner suppliers for the upcoming year. We are pleased that Superior Propane and Grant Energy are continuing to offer our members reduced pricing on propane for home and cottage heating and standby generators.

The negotiated rates are lower than last year. Superior Propane is requiring that the paperwork to initiate a switch be in their office by August 30. Grant Energy has a September 15 deadline.

This past season, one member saved over $3,000 compared to what it would have cost had he not joined the program. 

Both companies offer remote tank monitoring technology, a key benefit for those members who do not have someone checking their place regularly.

Summer is the best time to switch suppliers, as tank replacement & access is easier. Time is of the essence. Contact Fraser Govan at 705 767-3692.
Help secure food for local families in need by dropping off unopened, non-perishable goods as you pack up your cottage for the season.
Please no expired products.

Drop Off locations:
Baysville Marina
Pride of Lake of Bays Marine
Old Mill Marina
Lake of Bays Marina
Port Cunnington Marina
LCBO Stores in Dwight, Dorset and Baysville

If you have household items in good condition that you no longer need, consider donating to the ReStore , Salvation Army Thrift Store or the Reuse shed at your local Transfer Station.
District of Muskoka
Waste Management Strategy

The District of Muskoka, in partnership with its Area Municipalities, is developing a Waste Management Strategy to discover new ways to reduce the amount of waste we produce through further reduction, reusing, recycling and composting.

There will be a Community Consultation at the Lake of Bays Community Centre, 10 University Street Baysville on Monday September 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

To read more and complete a "Waste Matters" survey, click here .
Reading, interesting links and events

Township of Lake of Bays
George Anderson Appointed Councillor Ridout

Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations
Updates on electricity pricing and more.
Enjoy the last, official long weekend of Summer 2019!
photo by Aidan Solway
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