As the Covid-19 situation continues to evolve, we understand that frequent changes to public health regulations can be confusing and frustrating for everyone, particularly our members who cross a provincial border to get to their cottages. Please note that, given how quickly the situation and the provincial governments’ responses continue to change, it would not be prudent for the Association to provide advice or guidance on the impact of COVID-19 regulations on our members.
However, the provinces of both Ontario and Quebec publish the latestinformation on the following websites:
If you have any other questions or would be interested in learning more about the Association and its mandate to protect the quality of the watershed lakes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and to get involved.
In the meantime, we continue to wish all of our members and their families health and perseverance during these difficult times, with the hope that things will begin to get better in the months ahead.
As in previous years, the clean-up of ditches and roadside areas is planned for the weekend after Earth day, which is April 22 this year. The clean-up is on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25 2021. ALL volunteers are encouraged to participate and rid the roadsides of bottles, cans and various litter.
The proposed budget for this year includes an in-person Annual General Meeting and BBQ tentatively planned for the end of the summer.
Science and Environment Committee
The 2020 Annual Report regarding watershed lake water quality shows the average total phosphorus in Heney to be 10.9 ug/L as measured in the late fall. Dissolved oxygen levels near the sediment water interface were 5.1 mg/L during summer, which is a significant improvement from conditions observed in the early 2000’s.
The committee is also investigating methods to increase dissolved oxygen through mechanical bubblers. This has the potential to lower phosphorus levels by enhancing retention in the sediments. Preliminary discussions regarding a demonstration on Lac Desormeaux (similar to the project on Lac Hotte) are underway.
Membership and Communications Committee
The Committee is developing a plan for more consistent messaging to the membership.
Bay Captains will have additional materials to distribute to watershed residents in the spring. More Bay Captains are needed to cover all designated areas in the watershed. Interested individuals should contact the association.
The Municipality of Lac Ste-Marie supports the Association’s desire to reduce the impacts of island camping. Signage with a “Leave No Trace” style message is proposed.