To achieve its objectives, the Upper Rideau Lake Association works closely with a number of partners. These include Associations from nearby lakes such as the Big Rideau Lake Association of the Rideau Valley Conservation Society. URLA has two board members on Rideau Lakes Environmental Foundation.
The Centre for Sustainable Watersheds (CSW) now located in Perth, is an important supplier of services; previously they carried out our water testing under contract and were the lead agency for the Living by the Water Project. With a number of partners the CSW also operates a “Love Your Lake Shoreline Survey Program” that URLA will participate in. The CSW has also developed “Lake Links” a federation of associations and institutions working in our watershed and adjacent watersheds to facilitate information sharing and exchange.
The Lake Partner Program is Ontario`s volunteer-based, water-quality monitoring program. Currently the Ontario Ministry of the Environment has coordinated the program and URLA has participated for many years.
Presently (2013), the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is looking to form a collaborative working group to act as a steering committee to secure funding, guide and direct the Eastern Ontario Green Algae and Aquatic Plant Project. URLA anticipates partnering with other associations on this project. URLA will continue to participate in the Shoreline Naturalization Program. Previously URLA partnered with MAPLE and thousands of plants have been distributed around the lake over the last twenty years. URLA also supports the Friends of Foley Mountain.
URLA also works closely with Parks Canada, which operates the Rideau Canal of which the Upper Rideau Lake is a part, with the Township of Rideau Lakes and with the municipality of Westport. Policies for In –Water and Shoreline Works can be found here, http://www.pc.gc.ca/docs/r/poli/index.aspx. Docks are the most common form of in-water work.
At the provincial level URLA is a member of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations Inc (FOCA) a key provincial body which represents more than 500 cottagers’ associations. Their web site is a key source of information about a number of issues facing URLA and other associations as well.
Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources maintains a TIPS line at:
Some areas in which Natural Resources Violations may occur include:- fishing
-Environment Canada's Canadian Wildlife Service manages wildlife matters that are the responsibility of the federal government, including the protection and management of migratory birds. Recent publications include, “How much Habitat is Enough?”
-The Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) operates a web-site www.foca.on.ca and can be reached by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. URLA is an active member and, as a result, all members of URLA can access their services. One example is their road liability insurance program.
-The Township of Rideau Lakes has an excellent web-site which is located at www.twprideaulakes.on.ca
-A key source of “everything you wanted to know about the Rideau” (yes it is true; everything is not an exaggeration!!) is a web-site operated by Ken Watson www.rideau-info.com/canal/