July E-Blast

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Stay tuned for upcoming announcement of format and date!

USE OF ISLANDS: NEW SIGNAGE!

The islands on Lac Heney are used by lake residents from time to time. In order to preserve the land and provide guidance on use we have placed signage on several islands. Please respect the signage and help protect our islands.

HIGH WATER LEVELS

Both Municipalities (Lac-Sainte-Marie and Gracefield) are aware of the beaver dam problem and of the resulting high water level of Lac Heney. The dams were manually taken down once again last Thursday and water is running again at the lake outlet. However, the beavers rebuild the destroyed sections of the dams regularly, so both municipalities are working together to find a solution and correct the situation.

BLUE-GREEN ALGAE

Blue-green algae or cyanobacteria are a natural phenomenon occurring in freshwater bodies. The amount of available nutrients (especially phosphorus and nitrogen) can determine the growth rate and quantity of algae present in a water body. Phosphorus and nitrogen can enter the water in many ways:

  • Soil erosion and poor run-off prevention. ENCOURAGE AND MAINTAIN PLANTS AT THE WATER’S EDGE – Please do NOT mow the lawn near the shoreline!
  • Use of fertilizers on lawns and farm fields. DO NOT FERTILIZE.
  • Poor maintenance of septic systems
  • Detergents and phosphate soaps. READ LABELS BEFORE YOU BUY SOAPS. PHOSPHATE FREE!!
  • Grass clippings and leaves blown directly into the water. PICK UP CLIPPINGS IF YOU MUST CUT.
  • **Pet waste. SEE BELOW.
  • Removal of weeds from shallow water at the shore. DO NOT REMOVE PLANTS TO CLEAR A BEACH.

Managing pet waste

Pet waste contains bacteria, potential pathogens, and nutrients. This can reduce opportunities for swimming, fishing, and other lake activities, while contributing to the growth of aquatic plants and blue- green algae. While it may not seem like a big deal if your dog ‘contributes’ some waste to the neighbourhood environment, consider how many homes have a pet. PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET.

Spring 2021 Update

Welcome to the lakes and to the opening up of our region. We are hopeful that the summer and fall of 2021 will be better for everyone as the pandemic starts to subside. 

The Annual General Meeting of the BVLH Watershed will be held outdoors under a tent on Sunday August 29, 2021 on the grounds of the Lac-Sainte-Marie municipal offices: 

Municipality of Lac-Sainte-Marie Community Centre
106, chemin Lac-Sainte-Marie
Box 97
Lac-Sainte-Marie (Québec)
J0X 1Z0

PLEASE JOIN US!!  The association meeting will start at 10:30 am. Lunch will be served at noon. Free BBQ and soft drinks for all members. This is an opportunity to hear about the following:

  • Bay Captains and their work during the pandemic
  • The state of the lakes in our watershed and their water quality (Noir, Vert, à la Barbue, Desormeaux, and Heney) 
  • The new signage for islands on Lac Heney and priorities for protecting their environment
  • Information regarding candidates running in the upcoming municipal elections

Plus:

  • Mugs and shirts will be for sale to support the work of the association.
  • You can pay dues at the meeting if you have not paid online at www.mylacheney.ca

COVID-19 Regulations and Access to your Cottage

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.

Bassin versant du Lac Heney Watershed