In the Fall of 2015, the LCPW noted several shorewalls in Lagoon City in a state of disrepair. To ensure the structural integrity of the existing shorewalls, the longevity of the canals, and avoid future shorewall collapse and costly future repairs, the LCPW undertook a review project to ensure all property owners are maintaining their shorewalls.
The Township of Ramara's engineers, C.C. Tatham & Associates, were contracted to inspect the shorewalls of the properties included in Phase 1. 58 property owners were contacted in February 2017 and advised of the state of their shorewall and if repairs are required. The deadline for Phase 1 properties to ensure their shorewalls in satisfactory condition is October 31, 2018.
The following documents provide more information on this project:
The LCPW are currently focusing on the completion of Phase 1 and have not yet determined the timelines for future phases.
The maintenance contractor conducts regular water patrols on a weekly basis to inspect/repair signage, collect floating debris and animal carcasses. The maintenance contractor also maintains the two beach areas, including raking of the sand two times per week.
Bylaw 2007.95 – Waterway Management
Bylaw 2007.95, being a bylaw to prohibit and regulate the waterways under the control and management of the LCPW states the following:
- The mooring of boats during the winter months (November to March)
- The use of any equipment or apparatus (mechanical or otherwise) to prevent or inhibit freezing of the waterways
- The construction of any building or structure in or upon a waterway or boat, vessel, water craft, floating object or other floating structure
- The Commission may authorize mooring during the prohibited period upon terms and conditions that the Commission deems appropriate
Weeds are prevalent in the canals and the Commission has the following programs in place to combat the issue:
Beginning in mid to late May, two pieces of orange coloured equipment will enter the canals in Lagoon City to begin skimming the water for debris. A harvester will collect debris and place it into a transporter barge. When full, the transport barge will return to a ramp to be emptied and then return to the harvester to continue.
Due to fish spawning, no cutting may take place prior to July 1. After that time, the harvester will follow a pre-determined route through the canals to cut the weeds underneath the surface of the water.
- Weed Spraying
This annual program begins immediately after the Canada Day long weekend (after fish spawning has concluded). This activity is regulated by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) and is performed by an external company hired by the LCPW. The MOE grants a licence to spray REWARD, a herbicide, for 10 acres at a rate of 25 litres per acre, and this licence must be obtained annually. As such, only the areas affected by abundant weed growth is treated.
When algae are present in the water, there is not too much that can be done. It cannot be raked or picked up by the harvester due to the consistency of the matter, which is slimy, and it just slides through the screens on the equipment. Please take precautions during the presence of blue-green algae.
Province of Ontario's webpage about Blue-green Algae
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's webpage about Blue-green Algae
If you ingest water, fish or blue-green algal products containing elevated levels of toxins, you may experience headaches, fever, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. If you swim in contaminated water, you may get itchy and irritated eyes and skin, as well as other hay fever-like allergic reactions. If you suspect you might have come into contact with cyanobacterial toxins and are experiencing any of these symptoms, rinse any scum off your body and consult your physician immediately.
Children are at greater risk than adults of developing serious liver damage should they ingest high levels of microcystins, because of their comparatively lower body weight.
Animals could become extremely ill and even die. The first recorded episode of animal poisoning attributable to cyanobacteria occurred in Australia in 1878. Since then, there have been many widespread incidents of poisoning, affecting a variety of both wild and domestic animals. Animals are not more sensitive than people to the effects of the toxins; they are simply not as concerned with the way water looks or smells before they drink it.
Geese are abundant in Lagoon City and there are a few things you can do to help deter geese from entering your property from the shorewall:
1. Scare tape is a reflective tape and when hung along the shorewall, the slightest breeze is enough to cause a fluttering sound and mirror-like reflections that will scare away even the bravest birds. This tape is available at the Township office for $8.00, plus HST, per 200 foot roll.
2. Ornamental grasses planted along the shorewall will also deter geese from entering your property. Geese are attracted to manicured lawns with tender grass.
3. Limit food sources and never feed the geese. Clean up seeds from under bird feeders.
There are two private
parks within Lagoon City which are for the use of Lagoon City residents and
their guests. The
residents of Lagoon City pay a levy for the management, maintenance, regulation
and control of certain lands and waterways in Lagoon City including the two
parks and adjoining beaches.
proper use of the private beaches, the LCPW implemented a wristband program to
ensure the users of the private beaches are residents of Lagoon City. The LCPW Policy PW-01-18 – Private
Beaches Wristband outlines the procedures and regulations of the
There are two-foot
bridges within Lagoon City. The North Foot Bridge connects Poplar Crescent to
Old Indian Trail, and the South Foot Bridge connects Turtle Path to South
Island Trail. These bridges are meant for foot traffic only and are available
for all to use.
North Foot Bridge was
replaced in 2012 and the South Foot Bridge was replaced in 2017.
Are ornamental grasses permitted along the shorewalls?
Council has amended its long grass bylaw to permit planting of ornamental grasses to assist with the uploading of phosphorus and to deter wildlife from the shorewall area.
What is scare tape and where can I purchase it?
Bird scare flash tape is a reflective tape and when hung along the shorewall, the slightest breeze is enough to cause a fluttering sound and mirror-like reflections that will scare away even the bravest birds. This tape is available at the Township office at $8.00 (plus HST) per 200 ft. roll.
How close can the harvester get to the shorewall?
The harvester cannot get any closer than 6 feet from any boat or shorewall.
What can we do with the weeds from the lagoon?
If you choose to remove the weeds from your lagoon you may compost them or take them to the landfill site.
What can be done about the nuisance animals such as beavers?
We have hired trappers to address the problem of the beavers in the navigational areas. If you would like the list of licensed trappers call the Ministry of Natural Resources at 705-725-7500 or visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/trapping-ontario for more information on trapping in Ontario.