A.L.I.E. received the attached letter of thanks from the Quebec RSVL. To all A.L.I.E. members, thanks for your support is passed on.
From Richard Dugal: I am pleased to report that our lake is in good health. However, we must continue our efforts and become aware of the impact of human activity on its health. It remains important to follow the guidelines for shoreline development, boat washing and to use household products that have less impact on the environment. Climate change can accelerate the adverse effects of certain activities on lake water quality. It is therefore important to be vigilant and to make the right choices to preserve our lake.
I wish you a great summer and I look forward to seeing you in person again!
From the Ministry: According to the results obtained, Lac des Îles shows little or no signs of eutrophication. This lake is to be protected. In order to keep state and uses, the MELCC recommends the adoption of preventive measures to limit the intake of nutrients from human activities.
We need to be extra careful to prevent an infestation of this invasive plant. There is no permanent remedy to an infestation , only control strategies which are both costly and labour intensive. To read about how an infestation is usually managed you can read (in French only) this page on the Quebec Ministry of the Environment website.
To learn about this invasive species, just click this link to download a PDF from the government of Quebec. If you believe you have spotted a Eurasian Milfoil plant in our lake, please notify the Association board of directors immediately and the municipality of Blue Sea.
It is very important to properly wash any boat that visits Lac Des Iles, especially if you or your visitors have used their boats or any floatation devices in the bodies of water listed in this link to a PDF report from the government of Quebec. Boats should be washed at the washing station at the Blue Sea municipality prior to launching at Lac Des Iles.