It’s not a garden – don’t dump ashes, fertilizer, or anything at all into the lake. Do cut then remove the invasive Eurasian milfoil. Avoid pulling up weeds or doing anything to stir up the sediments on the bottom. Avoid using fertilizer anywhere near the lake. There are shallow areas choked with milfoil - stay clear of them. Lake Association volunteers place buoys out each sprint to mark areas with heavy milfoil.
Originating in Europe, Eurasian watermilfoil is an invasive aquatic plant that usually grows at depths of 1 to 4 metres and can form a dense carpet on the lake’s surface. According to Environment Canada, “this plant not only pushes out indigenous plant species, but may also be harmful to fish populations by crowding out their spawning grounds.” Take steps to reduce weed levels Each broken-off bit of weed can turn into a new plant.
Association water testing locations The red-numbered locations in the lakes on the map show where water samples are collected for testing. Most locations match where water is either entering or exiting the lakes. This map was created by Steve Hume from the Full Size Electoral map for La Pêche (large PDF file takes a while to load). [http://www.villelapeche.qc.ca/en/municipality/about/electoral-map/] Tip: Use your browser’s View controls to Zoom in and out on the map.
Carol Doré has been volunteering as the Association water tester for years. Thank her when you see her! She collects and delivers the water samples on a regular basis for phosphorus, nitrogen and also for e-coli bacterial contamination. Your association membership fees pay for the water testing. 2018 water testing results summary Phosphate run-off from fertilizers, detergents and waste can act as a fertilizer for plants and algae in the lake, and can reduce the oxygen content.