Tay River Watershed Management Plan – “Gap Analysis”
– A Review of Implementation Activities and Needs 

Updated May 22, 2008 - following Stakeholders Meeting of May 6, 2008


Recommended Action

Activity in 2006 and 7

Activity Planned for 2008

Areas requiring Action

Proposed Players

1.  Distribute and Promote the TRWP

Promoted awareness of Plan, through events: FoTW AGM,       Maplefest;   GBCLA AGM;

Watershed Discovery Evening (WDE); Doors Open Perth; Perth Market; Native Plant Workshop;

Printed and distributed watershed CD - Plan; reports; etc. 

Completed Tabloid in 06

Wide distribution of Tabloid to neighbouring watershed areas;

No more printed copies of Interim Report

Continue promotion at Maplefest 2008; GBCLA AGM;  WDE; Perth Market; AOBG;

Re-print Tabloid (seek funding);

FoTW participate in Historica Fair

Continue printing/distribution of watershed CD;

Consider organization of a Tay River sub-watershed plan;

Supplement information in plan regularly using web sites, links

Print more copies of Interim Report.  RVCA does annual monitoring reporting

High priority All public events and fairs

Make reports available by CD (all watershed reports and maps)

Friends of the Tay


All Stakeholders

2.  Develop Communications Network/Strategy for Implementation

No Annual Implementation meetings held in 07

FoTW published newsletters, Established ‘’Perspectives on Water” speaker series, with First Nations speaker at WDE;   

RVCA produced annual monitoring reports


Annual Stakeholders meeting (May 6 08) 

FoTW to continue 2-3 newsletters per year

RVCA to release annual monitoring reports

FotW Continue “Perspectives on Water” with DU talk Feb 13, Maude Barlow Sept 24 and WDE Nov. 4

Need regular newspapers columns highlighting activities on the Tay

Continue implementation meetings every 2 years

Participate in committees as needed to address particular issues e.g. water quality, water levels, land use, recreation, biodiversity, municipal liaison committees

Include business community in implementation

RVCA and/or FoTW


RVCA to take lead role, all stakeholders to particpate

Business Community/FoTW

3.  Update Official Plans to include Goals of watershed plan (Promote inclusion of watershed plan goals in Ops)

RVCA does plan input and review for development near water in Tay watershed (45 Planning applications in Tay Watershed 14 sec 28)

FoTW Participation in and presentation to Official Plan meetings of TVT, DNE, Central Frontenac, South Frontenac, & Rideau Lakes, re recognition of  TWMP and of upcoming management plans from area lakes;

MNR updating OPs with fish habitat information

Ongoing plan input review activities by RVCA (50+ anticipated for 08)

Lake associations with completed lake plans influencing OP and ZBL’s to reflect findings of Lake Management Plans

Follow up approaches to twps. where final reply not received (South Frontenac);

Monitor watershed related issues in six twps. and Perth;

Bobs and Crow lakes attempting to influence OP of S. Front with findings from completed LMP

Have municipalities circulate pertinent amendments to FoTW

Compare and Standardize OP’s, ZBL’s across watershed (consistency)

Have municipalities do blanket OPA to incorporate recommendations of the plan

Have municipalities post all amendments, permits etc on their CGIS system and make available to public

Monitor OP’s , variances, by-laws

Have municipalities include information and recommendations of Lake Plans in all OP’s and ZBL/s




Municipalities, FoTW, Lake Associations, etc.

FoTW, Lake Associations, etc

Lake Associations, Municipalities

4.  Create an Information Repository

RVCA has Watershed Information System (WIS) up and running

FoTW Participated in annual OMYA water-taking data presentation (Feb. 15);

Maintained website as major source of watershed information;

Disseminate watershed CD;


WIS updated regularly and posted on RVCA website

Participate in annual OMYA water-taking meeting; Secure acceptance of OMYA water data in HYDAT database;

Disseminate watershed CD;



RVCA to continue updating WIS

Need commitment from all players to feed into data base any new studies/reports,  etc.  Make dbase 2 way

Agreement that everyone in Tay watershed share information – co-ordinate information sharing

Facilitate access to information through advertising d base

Encourage groups to feed into information sharing e.g. events, upcoming studies, projects, initiatives (need bulletin board on websites)

RVCA/All stakeholders

RVCA/All Stakeholders




All Stakeholders


FoTW, groups in TRW

5.  Distribute Educational Materials to all Stakeholders

(workshops, demonstrations, etc)

FOTW completed Tay Tabloid and distributed


FOTW distributing other group’s materials e.g. LLGreen, REAL, CSW

Bedford Mining Alert active in influencing policy regarding private land claims and changes to Mining Act 

New group (Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium) working on education of impacts of mining.  Report to be produced

Annual Watershed Discovery Evening held (Oct. 18);

Display at Lake Links Workshop;

Board member at Rideau Waterway Symposium (27/11);

Provided presenter at province-wide Latornell Conservation Authority Symposium, Nov. 14 2007;

FoTW Annual Watershed Discovery Evening, Nov. 4;

Distribute watershed teaching materials to local schools (Cons. Ont.); Display at Lake Links Workshop; Display, workshop, & award at Historica 2008; Continue Perspectives speaking series – DU, Feb. 13; Maude Barlow, Sept. 24; WDE, Nov. 4;  to continue distributing information

BMA and CCAMU continuing to lobby gov’t towards changes to Mining Act


Encourage two way communication with schools, libraries, NGO’s, municipalities, government agencies, etc

Promote use of internet as source of information

All stakeholders



6.  Conduct Studies, collect data and monitor as required

RVCA expanded monitoring program includes:  water quality of lakes and rivers, water levels, fisheries habitat, precipitation, groundwater

RVCA has 22 stream monitoring sites, 2 watershed watch lakes, 1 lake partner lake and 14 lakes for invasives monitoring in 07

RVCA has 19 baseflow sites (since 03)

Queen’s U undertaking water study

Perth undertaking study of dams (see #23)

Four permanent water quantity gauges exist in watershed monitoring water levels and flows (includes OMYA gauges)

RVCA has 1 precip gauge

Two groundwater wells monitored for levels

RVCA has 6 Ontario Benthic Baseline Network monitoring stations

Formatted and printed for distribution ‘Mining and Geology of Tay Watershed’ report;

MNR updating fish habitat information

Joe Slater (Bobs Lake) contributing hydrologic data within watershed to HYDAT – Env’t Canada’s dbase.  Have created over 230 years of data


RVCA to continue stream sampling, will undertake all Tay Lakes for Watershed Watch Program, invasives monitoring to continue, continue baseflow monitoring

Queens’ U Study continuing

Source Protection Plans underway (RVCA and municipalities)

Water quantity, quality, baseflow and OBBN monitoring to continue by RVCA in 08

RVCA to apply Macro Stream Protocol to 6 small watercourses in the Tay Watershed in 2008 to classify thermal regimes, assess fish community structure

RVCA continues to provide support to the Marsh Monitoring Program.

RVCA working with MNR Kemptville to develop criteria for identifying and mapping significant woodlands.

Continue to collect and enter hydrologic data to HYDAT

FoTw promote dev’t of volunteer watershed reporting network for data collection

Provide award at Historic Fair 2008 for river and canal history

Use community status to support RVCA student hiring for summer assessment work

Identify opportunities for co-ordination of monitoring and study efforts


Expand volunteer monitoring opportunities in areas of precipitation, water quality, water levels and flows, invasive specifies, wildlife and habitat as priorities

Also monitor for: Water takings, surface/groundwater exchange, baseflow/seepage, effects of heat pumps, pits and quarries,

Identify how land use impacts groundwater and surface water

Identify how groundwater effects ecosystem and role baseflow plays

Monitor effectiveness of stewardship programs

Monitor septic systems (re-inspections) for effectiveness

Monitor water quality “hot spots”

Monitor groundwater quality

Undertake Study to identify in-stream needs of aquatic life

Undertake beaver dam surveys – role re:  hydrologically, biologically

Determine the value of water

Identify and monitor critical habitat and linkages

Evaluate all wetlands in watershed.  Determine hydrologic and biological role of wetlands.

Determine assimilative capacity of water bodies

Undertake property assessments of all shoreline properties.  Assess for BMP’s.  provide report/guidelines to improve BMP’s.


Report on major projects within watershed


All stakeholders involved in studies/monitoring

RVCA/watershed residents








Volunteer monitoring  MoE/FoTW

Volunteers, RVCA




RVCA, academics, schools




Lake Associations, FoTW, Stewardship Councils, CSW, RVCA, LLGreen

Queen’s University


7.  Establish a Tay Watershed Management Working Group

FoTW support an innovative approach to managing this watershed through a trial coordinating “board”



Monitor effectiveness of present working situation  further discuss formation of more formal management board if needed

Participate in Source Protection Plans and other such planning mechanisms as appropriate

Assess effectiveness of watershed management at each annual reporting






8.  Support Friends of the Tay (build capacity)

RVCA supports through publication of tabloid in 06, implementation of watershed plan

FoTW Increased number of formal exchanges with organization from 23 to 26 orgs.; Maintained association structure (incorpn. &  charitable status);

Carried out minor membership promotion; 

Developed Honorary Patron position (Hon. James Bartleman);

Concluded fund-raiser - “Wee Lassie” lottery, April 28;

FoTW linked with Ottawa Riverkeeper to keep lines of communication and support open

RVCA to Continue to support implementation, support of group

FoTW to Maintain & expand association network and relationships;

Continue recruitment of volunteers;

Maintain incorporation status of association; build & maintain provincial links through Water Guardians, OEN; Ottawa River Keeper

Consider new fund-raising activities

Continue with support for FoTW by all stakeholders

Seek funding to support FoTW (sustainability, capacity) and its projects as required

All stakeholders


9.  Create New and Promote Existing Stewardship Programs and Activities

Rural Clean Water Program running in watershed

Tree plant programs active – RVCA planted 6,000 trees in 06 and 07

RVCA has new regulations that may affect development on shorelines.  Limited to 2 lakes now, more later

FoTW Member of Rural Clean Water Cttee. of RVCA;

FoTW Cooperate with Town of Perth in addressing sewage capacity challenges;

Otty Lake completed shoreline survey

MNR applying CFWIP program (in conjunction with Fish Habitat Mngt plan)

WellAware program running providing guided self assessments of well use and assessment

RVCA plans to plant  19,000 trees in 08

FoTW Cooperate with Town of Perth in addressing sewage capacity challenges;   Organize a shoreline naturalization demo. site at Code Park;  FoTw continue support REAL/ LL Green Well Aware Program

RVCA to continue Rural Clean Water Program, expect 120 water quality projects in 2008

Anticipate Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program to expand to program delivery in 08

Well Aware in 2nd of 3 year program funded by MoE

Real Deal re-opening in June


Continue existing stewardship programs

Co-ordinate stewardship programs and activities

Identify and promote opportunities to engage in existing programs eg. Clean water program CFWIP, MAPLE, Living by Water, shoreline visits, Well Aware, Great Lakes Habitat Fund

All groups to promote others’ programs

FoTW to actively promote programs that meet the goals of the watershed plan e.g. MAPLE, CWIP, Well Aware,

Create bursary/scholarship for students working on improving health of Tay watershed

Expand shoreline visit program to include all shoreline properties in the watershed


Infuse funding into MAPLE program

Encourage Participation in Wetland Habitat Fund

Invite DU to be stakeholder in TRW

Encourage better co-ordination of programs to avoid overlaps

All stakeholders


All players, FoTW, RVCA, MNR, Lake Associations,


All players





CSW, FoTW, Lake Associations, Stewardship Councils




All applicable stakeholders

10.  Determine Water Budget of Watershed

Queen’s U undertaking modeling exercise of Tay

RVCA completed hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of Tay

RVCA undertook Mike 11 modeling upstream to Glen Tay

Water Budgets being completed by RVCA through Source Protection Planning

Mike 11 model extended to Christie Lake in 06

Part of Source Water Protection

Support Queens and RVCA work – Groups to provide update of their work

Participate in Source Protection

Co-ordinate efforts under actions 10, 13, 14, 19 via water budgets

RVCA, Queens, FoTW, watershed community


MoE/RVCA through SPP

11.  Undertake Groundwater Study and Aquifer Vulnerability Study

RVCA monitors 2 provincial groundwater wells

FoTW:  County study included in watershed CD;

 Tour of Queens U. Tay River groundwater migration study site

Topographic mapping undertaken through SPP

Groundwater quality monitoring to be undertaken by RVCA in -08

Promote information on Queens U. Tay River Groundwater Research;

Work being done through SP by CAs;

Information from groundwater study needs to be released to the community and partners e.g. well quantity and quality data –

All stakeholders to implement recommendations of the plan

Expand monitoring efforts of groundwater throughout watershed:  quality and quantity



FoTW/RVCA, All stakeholders

Volunteer Monitoring community  RVCA, FoTW, volunteers

12.  Undertake Septic System Surveys

Tay Valley Township now has annual septic Re-inspection program (through RVCA) – report complete

Re-inspection programs new to S. Front., Rideau Lakes Twps

300 re-inspections in above 3 municipalities

FoTW Supported lake management planning initiatives aimed at increased septic controls and re-inspections; Septic system booth at Watershed Evening;

6 lake associations sponsored workshops on septics in 06 and 07.  6 workshops also held at TVT


Continue TVT re-inspection program.  Program to continue to South Front. And Rideau Lakes Twps.  Anticipate 200 re-inspections in 08

Continued support via LMPs; D/NE to commence septic re-inspection

Health Unit to undertake 50 septic re-inspections on Otty lake portion of North Elmsley

Continue discussion with other municipalities re:  septic re-inspection

Encourage all municipalities to undertake re-inspection programs

Combine with shoreline assessments and assess effectiveness of existing systems

Report on effectiveness of programs

All Municipalities, FoTW

Lake Associations, LLGreen, CSW


13.  Identify methods to determine Environmental Requirements for Surface Water

RVCA doing modeling.  Could be used as background information re:  flows

MoE researching methods to determine flows for in-stream needs

RVCA has Mike 11 model available to estimate changes to hydrologic regime

Support and encourage MoE efforts to complete

Assess feasibility of applying findings to Tay watershed




14.  Inventory all Water Takings

Ongoing monitoring of water-taking permits;

Monitor MOE work and water-taking permits; Work being done through SP

Encourage Queen’s to include in their study

MoE to report to FoTW all new water taking applications

FoTW to regularly monitor EBR

Determine non permit water takings – hire student

Queens, FoTW, RVCA




15.  Identify Terrestrial habitats and existing and potential corridors throughout watershed

FoTW Hosted Ducks Unlimited to Perspectives series presentation (Feb. 13);

MNR leading ecological land classification system

A2A Conservation Association goal to connect/link Algonquin Park and the Adirondacks Region with terrestrial linkage


Shoreline classification of Tay River to be done 2006 (desktop) by RVCA

Land Classification of Off-Shield areas to be done in Lanark County (MNR)

Establish wetland monitoring sites (RVCA)

Begin discussion on Conservation Blueprint to create natural heritage system network (RVCA, NCC, MNR)

RVCA working with MNR Kemptville to develop criteria for identifying and mapping significant woodlands.

FoTW Establish cooperation with A2A;

Continue cooperation with Ducks Unlimited;

Undertake ecological land classifications in Tay watershed

Identify linkages and potential linkages throughout watershed

Identify significant forest areas and undertake landscape connectivity project





FoTW, EOMF, schools, LSC, MNR

All Stakeholders RVCA


16.  Undertake Fisheries Habitat Management Plans

Fisheries management plan completed in 2003 used by RVCA to comment on development applications

Disseminate Habitat Study

MNR applying Fish Habitat Plan where applicable

RVCA to continue to apply recommendations of report

FoTW to Disseminate Habitat Study

Apply recommendations of plan in plan input and review and other water management decisions

Undertake fisheries updates on a regular basis on major reaches and lakes throughout watershed

Undertake recommended fisheries habitat rehab and enhancement projects

Municipalities, RVCA




FoTW, local fisheries group, lake associations

17.  Celebrate the Watershed

Many interest groups holding and participating in fairs, festivals

FoTW:  Assisted in bringing the Voyageur canoes to Perth weekly;

Annual watershed awards;

Provided information to canoe/kayak visitors to the watershed including information on website;

Promote organization of celebration of  Tay Canal 175th Ann. 2009;

Continue annual watershed awards;

Consider establishment of a Legacy Fund; Several display booths;

Continue to have parties to celebrate the Tay

Establish “Tay Days” or other festival with focus on water

All players

FoTW and community

18.  Establish a “Tay Discovery Centre”



Continue supporting centre if interest continues

Seek funding to permanently establish

All players

Perth, FoTW

19.  Define Rules for the use of water

Modeling being done by RVCA

Monitor EBR postings to monitor new water use applications;

See 10 and 13 above.  Include this aspect in Queen’s study

Queen’s U.

20.  Undertake Lake Management Plans

LMP’s completed  by  – Bob’s and Otty Lake Associations

Complete 3 year LMP pilot program in July

Christie and Pike Lakes part of program

Trillium application submitted to continue and modify program another 3 years

List of all lake associations updated annually

Other lake associations outside of program undertaking plans (e.g. Farren)

FoTW Continued activity in Lake Management Planning Committee (supported by Trillium and other grants); 

MNR assisting with Otty, Chrisite, Farren Lake plans

Lake Networking group evolving and has 45 lake associations in partnership

Bring first LMP Program to successful conclusion (August 2008);

FoTW and RVCA to Secure Lake Management Planning Program funding and expand beyond Tay watershed and township

RVCA looking at new ways to determine Lake Capacity

Pike lake to complete State of Lake Report, do volunteer fish habitat and shoreline surveys, continue to monitor landfill and impacts on lake

Lake networking group continue to spread word, work together about lake issues


Encourage all lake associations to undertake LMP’s

All government agencies and applicable NGO’s support lakes in their quest

Municipalities to incorporate findings of lake plans into OP and ZBL’s

Undertake Lake Capacity Modeling as part of Lake Management Planning (determine methods)

Lake Associations, Municipalities


All government and NGO’s

All municipalities in watershed


21.  Develop School Education Programs to focus on Tay Watershed and its issues

schools all have Tay maps

Encourage continuation of Envirothon program

Published and distributed Tay Tabloid

FoTW to continue distributing materials to schools

Obtained classroom teaching materials from Cons. Ont., for presentation to local schools; Promote teaching materials at displays, eg. Historica; provide ongoing support for students (high school, univ ) doing essays/projects on Tay Watershed

Sponsor watershed Grade 4 student for Eastern Ontario Water Fesitval

Incorporate monitoring program through schools

Develop school program focusing on Tay and incorporate into curriculum e.g. vegetative cover, habitat inventories

Create scholarship for works focusing on Tay watershed

Ensure all schools and libraries have LRC Product Line



RVCA, FoTW, Schools

FoTW, Schools



LandOwner Resource Centre

22. Establish a Volunteer Data Collection Strategy

RVCA uses volunteers in Watershed Watch and invasives monitoring, precip and water level monitoring and OBBN

FoTW Provided an informal information clearing centre for the watershed on a continuing and volunteer basis

Continue encouraging volunteers where opportunities exist

Continue information clearing service for the watershed; Support RV student hiring for summer assessment work;

Promote development of volunteer watershed reporting network for data collection;

Complete volunteer monitoring strategy document outlining what, how, where of volunteer monitoring  to include  precipitation, water levels, water flow, water quality (surface and ground), invasive species, shoreline health, etc. opportunities

RVCA. FoTW, lake associations, watershed community, Queens U

23.  Review the Status of Dams and Dam Operations

Study completed in Spring 2004.  Feasibility study completed in 05.  Rec. to replace Haggart Dam with concrete weir

FoTW Provided input to review of Haggart and Rainbow Dams; 

MNR participating and advocating for fish ladders

Decision to replace both weirs in Perth and Rainbow bridge (cost $850k)  Perth and RVCA have secured 50% of funding, other 50% from province is pending  (should know in May)

Dam inventory being undertaken province wide

Parks Canada developing Emergency Preparedness Plan for dams

Apply recommendations of dam study

Inventory all dams, their condition and function in watershed

Review status and effectiveness of emergency response re:  dam failures

Perth, RVCA

MNR, RVCA, Parks Canada


24.  Undertake Flood Plain Mapping

RVCA completed air photo coverage of river corridor.  Updated flood information

RVCA produced new flood plain data and maps to come from Glen Tay to Christie Lake

New flood plain mapping on Tay River upstream from Glen to Christie Lake coming in 2009;

FoTW promote new flood plain mapping


RVCA, municipalities


Protect wetlands in the Tay watershed


General support

RVCA running Mike11 model to determine hydrologic response to wetland removal

FotW cooperate with DU  Hosted talk by DU


Cooperate with DU;


Monitor water-related policy, legislation and regulations



Monitor and provide input to water-related policy discussion;

Submitted comments to Environmental Bill of Rights on source protection cttees;

Supported Frontenac initiative to ban Hydro use of Garlan 4 herbicide;

Submitted comments to EBR on Clean water Act, May 11;

FoTW Board member appointed to regional SWP Cttee.;

Support to anti-uranium mining group (CCAMU);

Member of Advisory Committee to Minister on Ont. Drinking Water Stewardship Program; Continue participation in regional SWP committee;

Continue support to anti-uranium mining activity (CCAMU);