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A Natural Shoreline at Silver Lake Maureen Bauer-McGahey

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f there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” —Loren Eiseley

As the summer slowly draws near, many folks gravitate to the multitude of lakes in our region for recreation and vacation time. Our family retreat is a cozy cottage on Silver Lake near Maberly, Ontario. Silver Lake benefits from a newly rejuvenated “Silver Lake and Area Environmental Protection Association.” Silver Lake was one of the lakes chosen for this program partly because it is designated as a “sensitive” lake because of its lake trout habitat. For instance, there is a lake monitoring program that watches for the rise in contaminate levels in the lake such as road salt from Highway 7 which runs next to the lake for much of its length. It also monitors for invasive species in the lake such as

zebra mussels. This year another species was identified as a kind of “zombie weed” called Eurasian water milfoil. This weed is found in a dense band around the shallow perimeter of the lake within 30-40 feet of the shoreline. Negative impacts include reduction of biodiversity since it competes with native plants, reduced oxygen levels in the water caused by decomposing plants that kill fish and it destroys the spawning grounds of native species of fish such as rock bass. Due to the way this weed densely stands, it creates stagnant waters which can become an ideal habitat for mosquitoes. It is critical to prevent the accidental spreading of this weed by cutting it with a watercraft or fishing equipment. If this weed is pulled out and left on the surface, it can migrate to other parts of the lake to root. If residents pull this “weed” out, it is recommended that it be thrown on to the shoreline where it can be dried out and disposed of safely. Even small fragments of the weed can float to another area of the lake to take root.

FREE SHORELINE PLANTING SERVICE In early 2019, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) offered a free shoreline planting service to waterfront property owners. Why? A naturally vegetated shoreline is one of the most effective ways to maintain the quality of the water and it protects the shoreline from erosion. This program is part of an integrated approach to

Thank You, Mom & Dad Thank you Mom and Dad, for raising me poor It makes me appreciate all things in life more When things don’t come easy, are not handed to you You expect to work hard to buy something that is new Some rich people’s children expect and demand Rather than working they hold out their hand If each day you struggle and work for your share Possessions obtained become treasured and dear I’m not knocking the wealthy or those who have more Just thanking Mom and Dad, for raising me poor! Thank you Mom and Dad, for raising me poor Everything I achieve feels like a huge score When I was a little one, not yet in school I thought we were rich, that my family was cool Then kids in their fancy clothes looked at me with a sneer Standing there before them in my home-made gear They didn’t know the love that went into each stitch They were just happy that their parents were rich But I’m not knocking the wealthy or those who have more Just thanking Mom and Dad, for raising me poor! Thank you Mom and Dad, for raising me poor All the wondrous things in life I adore Some people need power, money and bling Owning the world just isn’t my thing I work hard at my job all through the day So evenings and weekends with my family I can play Some of the world’s highest achievers can’t see Just how rewarding a loving family life can be No, I’m not knocking the wealthy or those who have more Just thanking Mom and Dad, for raising me poor! Thank you Mom and Dad, for raising me poor You taught me that life doesn’t come from a store When life throws a curve-ball and its hard making ends meet It’s good to be able to bake bread and pickle a beet But seriously folks, with all joking aside Working hard for what’s yours fills you with pride People who think life’s not worth much without wealth Should pay more attention to their family and their health Honestly, I’m not knocking the wealthy or those who have more Just thanking Mom and Dad, for raising me poor! —Barbara Holden-Trimboli, Roblin

watershed management. Residents were allowed 15 free plants on a first come, first serve basis. I chose my 15 plants in February of this year and picked them up May 25. MVCA regularly meets with property owners to create a natural shoreline and to offer guidance on the shrubs and trees indigenous to the area. With this kind of help, residents can take the initiative to individualized planting designs that will not impact the view or access to the lake. The added benefit of programs such as the The writer’s husband, David McGahey, planting along Shoreline Planting their waterfront on Silver Lake. Program is that Photo by Maureen Bauer-McGahey. property owners can take pride in doing the right thing for “we are not here to save the world only their environment and become true to belong to it more fully.” stewards of the lake and surrounding ecosystem. Not only can we as property Maureen Bauer-McGahey lives on a farm owners help to keep our lakes healthy, near Perth and has a lakefront cottage on but we can also feel empowered to Silver Lake. As a writer, she is concerned continue to advocate for our about the dignity of creation and the ways environment in a way that is sustainable that citizens can help to protect and for our children, grandchildren, and advocate for the environment. generations to come. And I believe that

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The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

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