March 20, 2019
To the Wentworth Mayor and Council Members,
On behalf of the Lake Louisa Property Owners Association, I am writing to express our alarm about the presentation at the Wentworth Community Centre on February 24th.
We recognize the potential economic benefit for the area if the Wentworth Integrated Tourism Resort Inc. (WITRI) proposal goes ahead, however we fear the probability of irreversible environmental damage to our lake.
There are 816 residential properties in Wentworth now, over 450 of those are around Lake Louisa. They have a reasonable expectation that their municipal government will represent their best interests and will do everything within its power to protect the reason they are here. That reason is Lake Louisa itself.
Our residents have worked hard to protect our lake. They are proud of how clean it is. They make use of the information on ecological practices provided to them by the LLPOA, and abide by the protective bylaws put in place by the municipality. They understand the delicate balance between human activity and the health of the lake must be maintained, which would be impossible with a development of the size proposed.
We appreciate that some modifications have been made to the plan to make it more agreeable to the community, such as forgoing the use of the Lake Louisa North Road and any direct access to the lake which may be available to the WITRI, however, these changes would not alleviate the threat to the lake water itself.
By their own admission, the WITRI and its affiliated group will be testing a concept created for use in other environments and climates. As was discussed in the presentation, their project in our municipality would be the first of other developments they hope to build in North America. We are not at all convinced that the construction of a 5 village development and a golf course in a prohibitive terrain could be realized without significant environmental damage. Moreover, it is common knowledge that the negative environmental impact of a golf course is enormous, especially since its placement is directly within our watershed. This is of great concern to our residents, judging from the pulse of the attendees, LLPOA members and residents on the lake.
On behalf of our members, we urge you to use all mechanisms at your disposal, to either block this plan in its present form, or to shape it into a project that will not threaten the health of Lake Louisa. We would be happy to work with you to develop strategies that will minimize any impact on the health of the lake, our flora and our fauna.
President Lake Louisa Property Owners Association
Hello fellow Lake Louisa residents,
Following a beautiful summer where many of us were fortunate enough to take full advantage of the lake and the wonderful people, the LLPOA is pleased to share with you the results of the diver’s report conducted in August, the minutes of our August 5, 2018 AGM, as well as the Algae bloom presentation.
Most people who were at the lake between September 15th and 26th, may have heard about or actually noticed the formation of blue green algae blooms at the lake. We heard random reports that people saw what they thought was "gold-coloured pollen" floating on the water during this time period. These were very likely blooms.
On September 15th a few residents along the Lake Louisa North road reported significant pea soup coloured blooms in the water near the shore. The blooms continued throughout that very warm weekend there, as well as in Echo Bay and around Hope’s Island. They seemed to peak on Monday, September 18th when Claire Ropeleski took these photos on the north side of the lake where in some areas the pea soup colour reached as far as 20 feet out from the shore.
We asked the biologist, Vanessa Nadeau, who ran the shoreline mapping project for the LLPOA this summer, is there any way to minimize the chances of seaplanes bringing invasive species into the lake? She suggested the link to the video below.
The video is quite informative not only for pilots, but also for boat owners, as it illustrates clearly the damage some of these species can create, and how easily the transference can happen between bodies of water on a boat or a plane. As you know, Eurasian Milfoil is the one we are most concerned about and it is prominently featured in this video.
The results are available in French only.
Your stalwart group of volunteers have done yeoman service yet again - Roger Elliott and Bonnie Seale at Site A, John Perkins at Site B, Debbie and Randy Sinclair at Site C and Dany Miron and Jack Davis at all three sites as chemical testing was being completed. Here are the results of their efforts. Please note that, once again this year, we have exceeded the RSVL requirement for minimum number of tests. Note also that, unless we get a different direction from RSVL, we have completed our chemical testing series and will not be expecting to do that again for at least three years. The transparency testing continues every year.
Perhaps we can use the break to begin/complete other projects that have been left pending. Namely, shoreline mapping and periphyton observation. Additional volunteer support would be welcome to complete these daunting tasks.
Click the following link to watch a special presentation from the LLPOA.
This presentation focuses on the threats which the aquatic plant named Eurasian Milfoil present to Lake Louisa.
Eurasian Milfoil is an invasive species which will come to Lake Louisa if we do not take preventative measures.
The LLPOA hopes that all Lake Louisa residents from both Wentworth & Wentworth North watch this video.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS LINK TO YOUR LAKE LOUISA NEIGHBORS!
The LLPOA serves all residents of Lake Louisa in both Municipalities of Wentworth and Wentworth-North. Our main goal is to help distribute important environmental information to all Lake Louisa residents and to promote sustainable environmental practices which will benefit our Lake.
The work of the LLPOA is supported by many dedicated volunteers from all around Lake Louisa. Please join the LLPOA and support our efforts to help keep Lake Louisa’s water healthy for future generations.