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Dunany at it’s Best! Just Click and Listen!

24 July 2017

If you missed the 2017 Dunany Music Fest, this is your opportunity to catch up a bit.

The Music Fest held Saturday July  22,  under a bright sky, had a solid program with a great line up of  Dunany musicians: the Wynn Family, The Hays, John Parsons, John Wilson & Scott Ritchie, the Golden Boys Unplugged, Mark Ware & Sue Smith, the Lakefield Brewing Company, Mountain Steam and the Glee Club.

John Parsons has provided me with a very lovely video featuring the Glee Club and suggested I share it with all of you.

Your wish is now fulfilled, John.

Protect your Lake from Eurasian Watermilfoil: wash all boats!

9 July 2017

This exotic and very invasive plant –   Eurasian Watermilfoil – has already spoiled more than 40 lakes in the Laurentians alone. Fortunately, there is none in Argenteuil. None in our lakes.

We absolutely want to keep it that way because once a lake is contaminated, little can be done to restore it.

I have raised his issue before but I am writing again about it because it is now our biggest threat!

So, this summer, make sure that the boats brought in by renters and friends – and yours if it is used in a foreign lake – are thoroughly washed before they navigate your lake.

Same applies to paddles, fishing gear, electric motors.

Here is how to proceed.

Follow these four steps: inspect – drain – clean – dry

Inspection is the most important. If you look carefully, you will probably locate exotic plants or molluscs. Drain to make sure the is no leftover water at the bottom of your kayak, for example. Clean with fresh water and a bit of bleach. Finally, let dry in the sun for a few days.

All this should evidently be done at a good distance from the lake.

If you wish to know more about this plant, this Guide (in English) should prove very helpful.  eurasian-water-milfoil-guide

 

Lake Results are finally in. Results are very good. But…

2 July 2017

Some of you might have wondered why I did not publish the lake results last spring as I have done in the previous years. Answer is simple: I did not get them till the end of June. Why?

The lab at the Environment Department hit a snag last summer. The equipment measuring the phosphorus content broke down. By the time it was replaced, the third water samples were out of date. The rest is bureaucratic snafu!

If you look at the charts carefully, you will notice an asterisk * leading to a comment that the results of the last sampling had to be taken aside because they  just don’t make sense.

Look at this 2016 Black Lake chart as an example. Click to enlarge it. The first and second phosphorus readings are 2.5 and 2.0 micro grams per litre. Excellent numbers. The third one is 0.6. Implausible!

The third column on the chart is dissolved organic carbon. This measures water coloration, in Black, it is evidently higher than in other lakes. Hence it’s name.

I have been told by the RSVL Team in Quebec City that we can really trust the first two numbers as well as those of the previous years. And now the lab has new equipment to measure phosphorus.

Let us have a look at another chart. That of Curran Lake (below).

Again, very good numbers here 1.5 and 3.0 , except for the third one (1.) that was rejected. The spread is not enormous. I saw the chart of a lake (Manitou) where it went from 1.4 to 6.9! You will also notice that transparency is much higher than in Black. Transparency champion is always Clear. Evidently!

We have ten years of data and there is great value in numbers. We have enough data to establish trends and ours is in the right direction.

You will find all the charts – 2016 and multiyear – here.

This year, we will be taking water samples in late July and August.

But remember: lakes are our main asset. Let them deteriorate  and our properties could lose half of their value. That is why we insist that municipalities make sure all septic systems are in order, make sure that shoreline protection bands are there to prevent nutrients from reaching the lake. That is why we ban pesticides and fertilizers close to the lake. That is also why we insist that you wash your boats to prevent the arrival of invasive and exotic plants and molluscs that can literally kill a lake.

Sorry about the sermon! I know you will forgive me.