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Joins us for the 2023
Upper Rideau Lake Association

34th Annual

General Meeting

Saturday, July 15, 2023

9:30 am - Noon

North Crosby Community Centre

875 Concession Rd 8, Westport

2023 URLA AGM Agenda

9:30 am - Coffee, tea, breakfast goodies & information displays

10:00 am - Introduction and welcome

10:05 am - Speaker presentation & Q&A: Dr. Jesse Vermaire (See details below)

10:35 am - Mayors messages and Q&A session

11:00 am - Business Meeting



2023 Financial Statement


Director's Reports

Noon: Closing remarks and adjournment

Click here for more agenda details.


Can't attend the AGM in person?

The AGM will be streamed live on from our Facebook Page.

If you are a current member of URLA who cannot attend the Annual General meeting on July 15, 2023 but want to cast your vote, please print, complete, sign and date this proxy vote form and mail to:

Secretary URLA
Box 67, Westport ON,
K0G 1X0

Or you can scan and email to

It must arrive by July 13, 2023  to be counted. 



Guest Speaker

Dr. Jesse Vermaire

Why aquatic plants are important to a healthy lake

and what we can do to manage (or try to live with) invasive aquatic plants

Aquatic plants are an important part of lake ecosystems because they provide shelter, breeding habitat, and food for animals, reduce shoreline erosion, and bury nutrients and contaminants in their beds.


At really high abundances, though, aquatic plants can be a nuisance to lake users by reducing recreational activities such as swimming, boating, and fishing.


This talk will discuss some of the reasons why aquatic plant beds are needed for a healthy lake ecosystem, what climate change might mean for aquatic plant biomass in Ontario lakes, and touch on some ongoing research projects on how to manage invasive aquatic plant biomass. 

View Presentation Slides


Dr. Jesse Vermaire is currently an Associate Professor with the Institute of Environmental Science and cross-appointed with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.


His research focuses on the long-term impacts of human activity on our freshwater resources. Jesse maintains research interests in human impacts on near-shore habitat in lake ecosystems, micro-plastic pollution of freshwater, and the environmental impact and recovery of aquatic ecosystems exposed to legacy contamination.


He employs a number of approaches ranging from paleolimnology to bioindicators to understand the long-term impacts of human actions on freshwater systems to help inform management and conservation of lakes and rivers in a changing environment.

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Let’s Get the Lead Out of
Upper Rideau Lake!

Bring your fishing tackle box to the URLA Annual General Meeting

A Let’s Get the Lead Out rep from Wolf Lake Association will go through it with you to help identify lead tackle.


They will have a display of information and anyone who brings in lead tackle will be entered into a draw for great prizes.  In addition, you will get a voucher to purchase new lead-free tackle.

Loons eat grit off the lakebed, inadvertently swallowing toxic lead sinkers and other tackle.

Help save our Loons and other aquatic life from lead poisoning from lead fishing tackle.

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