Summer is almost here! The Municipality of Wentworth has just posted it’s latest information about boat washing and boat washing station hours. SEASON 2020 / SCHEDULE (click HERE)
Probably the most important objective of the program was to teach residents how to continue the surveys on their own. Obviously this could be more difficult, or impossible this summer, given the pandemic related restrictions on all of us. A forum on Aquatic Invasive Species organized by CRE Laurentides was to be held in June of this year. Hopefully it will be rescheduled. Thank you to all the volunteers who have worked on this project since its inception in 2016, and to the experts from CRE Laurentides.
The aquatic plant survey was held last summer on August 15 th , 2019 and was headed up by Marianne Ford and Leslie Comfort. The sky was blue. The breeze was gentle. Armed with sunhats, bright green shirts, nets, aquascopes and sampling equipment, our band of intrepid aquatic plant hunters set out on the lake. The crew included: Barb Campbell, Lynn Chase, Susan Hawker, Cathy Deacon, Michel Gosselin. One of the boats carried Samuelle Durocher, the liaison for the projet de lutte contre le myriophylle à épi or LCMAE (Project for the Battle against Eurasian Milfoil) from Le Conseil Régionale Environmentale (CRE) des Laurentides, based in St-Jérome.
As many of you may know, this is a program run by CRE Laurentides, to map and then monitor aquatic plants growing in the shallow areas of many Laurentian lakes. Volunteers, usually from local lake associations like ours, work with experts from CRE. The idea is for all involved to become familiar with both the native and non-native plants so that anything invasive (like Eurasian Milfoil), can be recognized early if it appears. Mme Durocher’s report on the four year project can be read here:
Invasive species were found in 21% of the 102 water bodies studied directly by LCMAE. Eurasian Milfoil was the most abundant. About 40 Laurentian lakes have been infected with it, as of 2019. Luckily our lake is not one of them, at least not yet. Other invasive species were found in the area, though, again, luckily, not in our lake. They are not quite as well known, but they also pose a danger to delicate lake ecosystems. You may have seen them in nurseries where some are sold for water gardens: European Water chestnut, Water Soldier, European Frogbit, and Curly-leaf Pondweed. Eradication of invasive aquatic plants is, so far, almost impossible, but chances may be better if they are spotted early. Our best hope remains prevention. This is why it is so important that any new boat to our lake passes through a municipal washing station first.
Aside from the result that Louisa has no invasive species as of last summer, the highlights of the report relating to our lake are: The impression of the group working on Aug. 15th was that the area covered by aquatic plant growth has increased, and the problem of sedimentation was noted in one of the bays. Biodiversity is a good thing. 21 different types of native plants have been found in our lake. You can see a few of them here. Thanks to Marianne Ford for the photography.
The Réseau de Surveillance Volontaire des Lacs (RSVL) transparency monitoring results for 2019 are out. Lake Louisa’s fell into the oligotrophic category again this year. This is encouraging and indicates a relatively low level of plant nutrients and a high level of dissolved oxygen at the test sites. Thank you to Danny Miron and his crew for coordinating our testing efforts once again. We hope to continue testing this summer, but like many other areas of life these days, everything depends on the public health directives with respect to Covid-19.
The LLPOA has removed a post on it’s website dated September 6th, 2019. This is a gesture of reciprocation to the olive-branch extended by the mayor as announced during the October 7th regular municipal meeting.
The LLPOA is heartened that the Council has since declared that the protection of Lake Louisa and surrounding environment is recognized as a high priority for them.
A review of many aspects of the WITRI story over the last few months are to be found in this article by Marc Thibodeau from La Presse Plus.
James Morgan, journalist for The Review newspaper, was in attendance at Wentworth’s General Council Meeting and his report of the meeting made their front page!
Read more here.
The days are a little cooler but it’s still warm enough to wear a T-shirt when the sun comes out. We even have T-shirts for small people.
Send us an email or get in touch with one of the directors. They are 20$ each and proceeds go to the Action Group. We’d love it if you send us a photo of yourselves wearing them for our gallery.
Kieran and Noah were our student canvassers this summer. They traveled around the lake visiting residents handing out printed information promoting lake health and raising awareness of the LLPOA. They did a great job.
Thank you to all our members for attending our annual AGM. The LLPOA Board and many members sported this years signature Red T-shirts as a show of support for the community we all love and are committed to protecting.
The LLPOA is seeking a volunteer with WordPress experience to help us get the most out of our website. We need someone that could:
- Help us create pages and posts
- Keep the site up to date
- Maximize the effectiveness of our site
This would not be a time consuming task, but would help us greatly! If you are interested, drop us a line through the Contact section of our website or in person, via any director.
All proceeds go towards the Action Fund to protect the lake from the WITR development. Orders can be made through the Contact Us section or by getting in touch with one of our directors. Adult and youth sizes available.
For those of you that had difficulty accessing PayPal on our website, the problem has now been corrected. Our apologies for the inconvenience.