is a trademarked symbol to recognize environmental standard products. This program was established by the Government of Canada in 1988 but now encompasses North America. These 3 intertwined doves to form a maple leaf are the symbol that shows a product has met strict standards to help protect our environment.
The link to additional information and products can be found at:
This site has a wealth of information on products, fraud, standards, news and resources to help in the purchase of products with the least impact to your septic systems and daily life.
We encourage you to take advantage of this site and look for the EcoLogo shown above when purchasing day-to-day household products.
There are several day-to-day products to use that are safer for you and your family members and have less impact on your septic systems.
The following are some basic "recipes" for some of these cleaners:
The "All Purpose" Cleaners:
1. A 1:1 solution of vinegar and water. This can be used in a sprayer
bottle or bucket. No rinsing necessary
2. Dissolve 3 Tablespoons of washing soda in 4 cups of warm water
apply and rinse
3. Add 1 Tablespoon of borax and 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 2 cups
of very hot water. Apply and rinse.
1. Mix 1 part vinegar to 5 parts water, spray onto glass, wipe off with
(Authors Note: We use these solutions regularly and they work!!!)
Muskoka Watershed Council 2012. Clean & Green.
This site has tips and information to help understand how we impact our watershed and how we can help lessen these impacts by simple changes to every day
Hazardous Waste Information
The following link is the Township of Lake of Bays Waste Management Guide for 2011, 2012. It lists all information related to landfill sites and pertinent dates for hazardous waste disposal.
The Shore Primer, Ontario Edition.
This booklet available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada is a wonderful resource for information on waterfront living and can be viewed at the following link.
It provides valuable information on some of the following topics.
HOW TO PRESERVE YOUR SHORELINE’S TRUE NATURE
•The Littoral Zone: Perfectly Productive Habitat
• The Shoreline: Glue for the Waterfront
• The Riparian and Upland Zones: The Lake’s Buffer
•You Can Save Your Lake from Premature Aging
MAKING AMENDS: WAYS TO RESTORE AN ALTERED SHORELINE
•Before You Restore: The Approvals Process
• Restoration #1: Lessening Your Lawn’s Impact
• Restoration #2: Switching to a Shoreline Friendly Dock
• Restoration #3: Softening a Hardened Shoreline
• The New-Look Waterfront
This resource explains the importance of human impacts related to shoreline alteration and ways and means to help lessen negative impacts.
With the rise in development and growth in Muskoka, it is important to understand the importance of maintaining a "filter" or "buffer zone" along the shorelines. This will help to reduce nutrient and chemical input from stormwater runoff, storm events and nutrients from lawns, pet waste, gardens and roads. Without this protection zone along the edge of the waterway, the contaminants have a direct route into the lake and this can negatively affect aquatic life and lead to increased algal growth.