Keep Our Lake Alive
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
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
| 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".
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com.
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)
The Coalition Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Will Dubitsky, Daniel Piché, Chantal Crête, Marie-Claude Langlois, Dave Clark, Paul Isabelle, François Rhéaume
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