Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQs should help answer some of your questions. If not email info@mvc.on.ca or call 613-253-0006 or visit our office at 10970 Hwy. 7 Carleton Place, ON K7C 3P1 for help.
Remember, contact us early to avoid problems later. MVCA staff can help you with your questions and concerns or point you in the right direction for help please call the office at (613)253-0006, email info@mvc.on.ca, or visit the website at www.mvc.on.ca for more information. It’s better to ask before you act.

Waterfront Development

We have purchased a new, vacant waterfront lot and want to develop it. What are the requirements?
You should contact your local municipality to discuss your plans for waterfront development. In addition, you will need approvals for the installation of a sewage disposal system. MVCA can provide information regarding whether or not the lot is located within the floodplain or fill regulated area and explain the implications.

We are planning an addition (or renovation or re-building) of our cottage. What are the requirements?
You should contact your local municipality to discuss your plans and determine compliance with local by-laws. MVCA may be involved as a review agency if a planning application is required through the municipality. MVCA will be involved if your project is occurring within a floodplain or fill regulated area. Please contact the MVCA Environmental Planner at (613) 253-0006 to discuss your project.

I am interested in purchasing a particular waterfront property but it is in the floodplain. What does this mean?
MVCA is the regulating agency for development in the floodplain. The requirements and restrictions vary depending on location and other factors. Please contact the MVCA Environmental Planner at (613) 253-0006 to provide specific location information so that we can provide advice and information about our regulations.

Click for more information about the role of MVCA with regard to shoreline development.

Shoreline Projects

I am thinking of doing work along the shoreline of my property (e.g., remove aquatic vegetation, make a swimming area, build a boat ramp, build a wharf or boathouse). What permits do I require?
In general, any work in or near water must be reviewed by MVCA. We can also recommend what other agencies, if any, you should contact. Please contact an MVCA Environmental Planner at (613) 253-0006 to discuss your project. Click for more information about the role of MVC with regard to shoreline development.

What permits are required to build a dock?
The proposed design of the dock determines the permit and approval requirements. Several dock designs do not require any permits, contact MVCA before you construct it to be sure.  Click here for our Dock Schedule.

I am concerned about a dock that is too long and is a hazard. What can be done?
Regulating navigation hazards, including design specifications for docks and swimming platforms is the responsibility of Transport Canada. Generally anything over 32 feet long is refered by MVCA to Transport Canada. Landowners are encouraged to consult with Transport Canada.

My shoreline is eroding and the retaining wall is deteriorating. What should I do?
There are various options available to property owners who have a shoreline erosion problem. A site visit can be arranged to assess the problem, discuss solutions and obtain a permit by contacting the MVCA Environmental Planner at (613) 253-0006.

I have seen people cutting down trees along their shoreline. Are there laws against this?
Shoreline vegetation is very important, however, the MVCA’s regulations do not specifically govern tree clearing. Some municipalities have by-laws regarding the maintenance of shoreline vegetation. Please contact your local municipal office to determine if there is an applicable by-law.

I want to pump water from the lake. Do I need a permit?
Water taking is regulated by the Ministry of the Environment. Permit requirements depend on the volume of water to be taken. Please contact:
Ministry of Environment, Environmental Officer
Phone: (613) 549-4000 ext. 2627
Website: Permits to Take Water

Installation of a pump or intake unit may be considered a shoreline alteration which would require written approval from the MVCA. Please contact the MVCA Environmental Planner at (613) 253-0006 to discuss your proposal.

Some of my waterfront property is not usable. Can MVCA get my taxes lowered?
Your best option is to obtain the services of a qualified property tax consultant who may be able to assist with making a case to have your taxes reduced.

Does the MVCA provide approvals for septic systems?
MVCA administers the approvals for septic systems only within the Tay Valley and North Fronenac Townships. Within other municipalities contact the agencies listed below:
City of Ottawa
Ottawa Septic System Office
Phone: 1-800-459-5975 or (613)692-0160
Website:Ottawa Septic System Office
Email: info@healthunit.org
North Frontenac & Addington Highlands
KFL & A Health Unit, Cloyne
Phone: (613) 336-8989
Fax:(613) 336-0522
Website: KFL & A Health Unit
Email: nwoodtke@rcdhu.com

Wildlife

There is a beaver dam causing flooding on my property. What can I do?
It is not always necessary to remove a beaver dam to discourage beaver habitation. There are other options available that may be effective. Refer to the link below for more information. You should be aware that removal of a beaver dam may significantly alter fish habitat which could result in a violation under the Federal Fisheries Act. If you plan to remove a beaver dam, MVCA must review your proposal to ensure there will be no harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat. Please contact MVCA Biologist or call (613) 253-0006.

The beavers on my property are cutting down my trees. How can I address this problem?
All inquiries related to the management of beaver should be directed to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources or Wildlife Management-Beaver.

I am having a problem with nuisance wildlife (deer, bear, raccoons, etc.). Where can I go for information and assistance?
Guidelines for dealing with nuisance wildlife exist under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act administered by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources or Nuisance Wildlife or Living with Beavers.

Fish and Fish Habitat

I have seen many more dead fish than usual in the lake. Who should I call?
To report pollution or suspected fish kills contact the Ontario Ministry of the Environment:

Kingston Regional Office Phone: (613) 267-0974 or 1-800-267-0974
Belleville Area Office Phone: (613) 962-9208 or 1-800-860-2763
Ottawa District Office Phone: (613) 521-3450 or 1-800-860-2195

Are the fish I caught safe to eat?
For guidelines regarding safe fish consumption, contact:
Ministry of Environment
Sport Fish Contaminants Monitoring Program
Phone: (613) 327-6816 or 1-800-820-2716
E-mail: sportfishi@ene.gov.on.ca
Web-site:Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish

I have a question about fish habitat. Who should I call?
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is the agency that is responsible for fish habitat.  General information regarding fish and fish habitat is available at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Surface Water Quality

How can I find out about the water quality of a particular lake?
MVCA has compiled water quality data on many lakes in the Mississippi watershed. These tests are completed on a five year cycle as part of the Watershed Watch Program. You can read the State of the Lake Reports online or contact the Watershed Monitoring Department for a hard copy

If you are inquiring about a lake that has not been recently tested by MVCA, you have the option of testing the water yourself contact:
Ministry of Environment
Lake Partner Program
Phone: 1-800-470-8322
Fax: 1-705-766-2254
Email: lakepartner@ene.gov.on.ca

Do you have information on the water quality of a particular river?
MVCA collects water samples from the rivers located within the Mississippi watershed on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment (MOE). The testing and compiling of data from these samples is conducted by MOE. Contact:
Ministry of Environment
Coordinator, Stream Monitoring Networks
Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch
Phone: (416) 235-6240
Fax:416) 234-6235

Is this lake safe for swimming?
MVCA conducts nutrient testing, not bacterial testing which is linked to public health issues. Your local health unit may have data for the lake you are inquiring about, particularly if it has a designated public beach.
Contact:
City of Ottawa
Public Health Ottawa
Phone: (613) 722-2242
Email: healthsante@ottawa.ca
Website:City of Ottawa Beaches

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Counties
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, Smith Falls
Phone: (613) 283-2740
Email: info@healthunit.org
Website: Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit-Beaches

North Frontenac & Addington Highlands
KFL & A Health Unit, Cloyne
Phone: (613) 336-8989
Fax:(613) 336-0522
Website: KFLA Public Health Unit-Beaches

Greater Madawaska
Renfrew County and District Health Unit
Phone: 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097
Fax: 613-735-3067
Email: nwoodtke@rcdhu.com
Website:Renfrew County and District Health Unit-Beaches

How do I interpret my water testing results?
Please refer to Ontario Drinking Water Standards at Ontario Drinking Water Standards

Water Quality

How do I report a hazardous spill?
Contact:
Ministry of Environment
Spills Action Centre
Phone: 1-800-268-6060
Web-site: Spills Action Centre

Livestock on a nearby farm are accessing the lake/river and I am concerned about pollution they may be causing.
MVCA does not have a role regarding livestock access to waterways, contact:
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Agricultural Information Contact Centre
Phone: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info@omaf.gove.on.ca
Web-Site: OMAFRA

I am concerned about a potential leaking septic system.
Residential septic systems are approved and regulated under the Building Code Act. This process is ultimately the responsibility of the local municipality. Many municipalities have contracts with Health Units, Conservation Authorities or private consultants to administer this program. Specific concerns regarding septic systems should be addressed to the following organizations depending on location:

City of Ottawa
Ottawa Septic System Office
Phone: 1-800-459-5975 or (613)692-0160
Fax: (613) 692-1507
Website:Ottawa Septic System Office

Tay Valley Township – Mississippi Valley Conservation
Phone: 613-259-2421
Fax: (613) 259-3468
Email: info@mvc.on.ca

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Counties
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, Smith Falls
Phone: (613) 283-2740
Email: info@healthunit.org
Website:Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

North Frontenac & Addington Highlands
KFL & A Health Unit, Cloyne
Phone: (613) 336-8989
Fax:(613) 336-0522
Website: KFL & A Health Unit

Greater Madawaska
Renfrew County and District Health Unit
Phone: 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097
Fax: 613-735-3067
Email: nwoodtke@rcdhu.com
Website:Renfrew County and District Health Unit

Will MVCA remove garbage, fallen trees, dead animals or other debris from my waterfront?
It is up to the property owner to arrange removal of the debris if desired. Please note that some objects, particularly woody debris that has been in the water for a long time may have become fish habitat. MVC is responsible for reviewing any proposed work that may impact fish habitat. Please contact MVC Biologist or call (613)253-0006.

Why does a lake become green and overgrown with weeds?
Pungent green lakes are usually the result of excessive algae growth. This is a symptom of nutrient enrichment, a natural process that is often accelerated by human activities.

What can I do to help improve the water quality of my favourite lake?
Become educated and involved! Contact MVCA to learn about stewardship and volunteer opportunites info@mvc.on.ca or 613-259-2421.

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