Protecting our Lakes for the Future

Protecting our Lakes for the Future

Our four lakes are in good health.  Yes, they contain invasive aquatic species, and yes, they are exposed to harmful road salt.  At the same time, they are lake trout waters.  Lake trout require healthy, clean, clear water for survival and we cannot be complacent as the lakes continue to face environmental threats in a warming climate.

Reports of algal blooms in Ontario inland lakes is increasing and the frequency of confirmed blue-green blooms in particular is increasing–

                    2016            44 blooms

                    2017            54 blooms (up 23%)

                    2018            66 blooms (up 22%)

                    2020            91 blooms (up 38%) (Winter et. al. 2011 Lake and Reservoir Management with updated data)

The Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners’ Associations (our neighbours to the south) recently reported 12 lakes with blue-green algal blooms.  Watch this video–it is 16 minutes well spent . . . . . . . .

Even if we are only worried about property values, there is an economic cost to degrading lake water quality.  We cannot wait for an algal bloom before we take action–the cost is too great!  So, where do we go from here?  A little learnin’ is a good place to start–watching this video is 9 minutes and 30 seconds well spent . . .

And, we wonder what we can do to help in the battle against environmental and man-made stressors.  Dare we suggest that you invest another 7 minutes and 30 seconds to see how you can help protect your lake and the value of your property investment?  Yes, we do . . . . . . . . . . .

Do you know that your Association has some funds to support shoreline improvement?  We also have an offer from Watersheds Canada to provide a FREE shoreline naturalization including a plan to meet your wishes if you will offer to allow the creation of a before and after video featuring your property.  Did I mention that it is FREE?  Ask not what your lake can do for you, ask what you can do for your lake.

And then there is your septic system.  Learn how it works and learn how it can be maintained in the following video.