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Our Environment

Help! Keep Our Lake Alive

The lake is much more than just a basin of water. It's a living, breathing thing and needs everyone's help to stay alive. Here is your list of DO'S and DON'TS to ensure its preservation.

DO NOT WASH IN THE LAKE: that includes your hair, your dog and your children. Do not pour dishwater in the lake! Detergent, soap and shampoos lead to increased algae, less oxygen and kill fish.

DO NOT CUT DOWN TREES OR DEFOLIATE SHRUBS TO ARTIFICIALIZE THE SHORELINE: this leads to erosion of the land into the lake. The lack of natural shoreline reduces the water quality, increases algae and kills fish. The first 10 meters preserved in its natural state is essential to the survival of the lake: "Please plant shrubs".
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DO NOT BRING IN SAND OR SOIL FOR FILL: you will possibly bring in bacteria or chemicals from another location and alter the lakes natural survival mechanisms.

DO NOT SPILL GAS OR OIL WHEN FILLING MOTORS: one gallon of oil can cover 4 acres of water and never leave the lake. Do maintenance on your motors and fill them away from the lake. Pour the fuel carefully with a wide funnel and stop before it overflows.

DO NOT USE FERTILIZER OR PESTICIDES CLOSER THAN 100 METERS FROM THE LAKE:
fertilizers drain into the lake causing algae growth, which leads to decreased oxygen and dead fish. Pesticides can poison the lake.

DO NOT POUR PAINT, OIL OR TOXIC SUBSTANCES IN DRAINS: as they may find their way to the lake.

DO NOT DISCARD GARBAGE NEAR WATER.

DO NOT THROW CIGARETTE BUTTS IN THE LAKE.

DO NOT PUT LEAVES OR GRASS IN THE LAKE.

DO CHECK YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM AND ENSURE IT MEETS HEALTH AND SAEFTY STANDARDS. Sewage carries bacteria and viruses, inadequate septic systems are a serious health hazard to everyone.

DO BUILD A DOCK WHICH ALLOWS WATER TO FLOW FREELY: any blockage of water movement leads to erosion and sediment accumulation.

DO USE PHOSPHATE-FREE DETERGENT IN YOUR HOME/COTTAGE: phosphates do not "break down" and end up as excess in the ecological cycle.

DO REPORT ALL WATER POLLUTION PROBLEMS TO THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES.


Loon Watch on McGregor Lake

"Loon reproductive success is a sensitive indicator of the overall health of a lake, while signs of trouble from animals lower down on the food chain may be more subtle. Adult Common Loons typically return to the same lake year after year, so breeding pairs and their chicks feed almost exclusively on their nesting lake. Thus, declines in reproductive success on a particular lake are likely due to problems on that lake, and not from elsewhere (e.g., on wintering grounds or while migrating north in the spring). We know these things because of Bird Studies Canada’s Canadian Lakes Loon Survey (CLLS). CLLS participants have monitored Common Loon reproductive success each year since the early 1980s in Ontario, and nationally since the early 1990s. Participants also collected information on the number of breeding pairs on particular lakes, and what influences their reproductive success. Fortunately, Common Loons are easy to identify and fun to watch throughout the summer, making CLLS participation both easy and popular. "
..... excerpts from http://www.birdscanada.org/download/BWCwi13.pdf


Coalition for Responsible and Sustainable Navigation

Hello:

For those who have never heard of the Coalition for Responsible and Sustainable Navigation, consider this an introduction. For those who know of the Coalition but have not heard from us for some time, the message will serve as an update bulletin.

In brief, the goal of the Coalition is to address the environmentally destructive, near anarchy, on Canadian lakes, rivers and other waterways associated with motor boats. More specifically, the current situation is a product of inadequate existing federal legislation, The Canada Shipping Act -- a safety Act under which voluntary codes of conduct are encouraged.

Accordingly, the Coalition has created a scientific and legal counsel team to develop a new environmental science-based legislative framework for presentation to the next federal government in 2015.

Research on boat-related impacts in support of science-based legislation, began in the summer of 2014 by the Université de Québec Montreal campus (UQAM) and culminated with a UQAM report that shows that powerful wake boat waves must travel a distance of 300 metres before they become benign. Further boat impacts studies will take place during the summer of 2015.

But a good legislative product from a science and legal counsel team is not sufficient to get the attention of the next Government of Canada.

That is, the Coalition participation must become too too big to ignore and reflect the wide range of community interests, waterway characteristics and boat category-specific challenges, from across Canada.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN.

First, if you haven't already done so, you are invited to sign the online endorsements.

Further on getting the online signature numbers up, you may wish to assist the Coalition by forwarding this e-mail to those you think may be interested in signing. This could include individuals, residents' associations, municipalities, environmental organizations etc.

On the daunting challenge to establish a pan-Canadian initiative, in the event you wish to explore playing a more pro-active in your community, region and/or province, just let us know of your interest.

Other options for support the Coalition entail online donations to cover professional services, travel and other expenses -- whether it be $10 or $100 would be very much appreciated. You can donate via Donate button with the Coalition web page. (If the donation online function does not work, please advise us info@coalitionnavigation.ca)

Lastly, for those wishing to attend a first Coalition general planning meeting with research, legal counsel, organizational and other key stakeholders in the Montreal area in the Spring, please let us know us with an e-mail to the address info@coalitionnavigation.ca.

In closing, to learn more about the Coalition and review background materials, we invite you to look at the attached document on key Coalition themes and our web site. (click on underlined text)

Sincerely,
The Coalition Team: info@coalitionnavigation.ca
Will Dubitsky, Daniel Piché, Chantal Crête, Marie-Claude Langlois, Dave Clark, Paul Isabelle, François Rhéaume

More Environmental Information


Protecting the Lake's Natural Health

The Shoreline

Littoral Zone

Blue-green Algae

Eurasion Watermilfoil

Phosphorus Pollution

Fecal Coliform


Val-Des-Monts Environmental Policy
This pdf Document is viewable here on line.
Environmental Policy



E-Coli Test Results for
2014

July 2015
Sept 2015



Wake Control to Protect the Shoreline
View Document

Val des Monts Septic and Retention Tank Drainage Program
View Document


EXTRACT FROM VAL-DES-MONTS MAYOR'S QUARTERLY UPDATE
(JUNE 2014) ENVIRONMENT AND URBAN PLANNING

View Document


Summer usage of Pélessier Beach Boat Ramp- 2013
View Document


Climate Change Threatens Loon Recovery
View Citizen Article


Loon Watch Report 2014
View Document


The Latest News from Bird Studies Canada



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