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2017 - WE HAVE APPROVAL FROM THE ALBERTA GOV'T FOR THE WEED REMOVAL


Just a reminder - Lake Isle is still catch and release - zero (0) fish of any species in the lake can be kept 


Please pass this information on to other boaters you see fishing on the lake. 



To assist in getting information out to all LIAMS members, please give us your Email address.

This contact information will not be used for any other purpose than for Newsletters and any unforeseen emergencies

that could affect the lake.




Do you have new neighbours here at the lake? Maybe help them out with a few do's and don'ts about lake living.

How about introducing them to our Webpage and the information it contains?


News just in from Kevin regarding Harvesting fees are $220.00 plus GST. Cost is $231.00 plus don't

forget your annual LIAMS dues - $10.00.


Remember...harvest time is from July 1 to September 30 only. There is no vegetation harvesting before July 1st allowed!

If you do cut your own lake vegetation it must be removed from the lake and disposed of. It cannot be allowed to remain on the shoreline.



UPDATE - JUNE 27, 2015



On June 26th, representatives from several Alberta Government departments - Wildlife & Fisheries, Agriculture as well as reps from Parkland and Ste. Anne counties and reps from

the Lutheran Camp, Silver Sands and South View, took part in a whole lake survey for a very aggressive invasive plant known as Flowering Rush.  A complete survey of the entire 52.8Km

was done.


It was determined from the survey that the whole west end of the lake from Kokomoko around to Jones Beach is affected.



Please see  https://www.abinvasives.ca/images/uploadsfile/120402%2019_25x9%20AquaticsBrochure.pdf 



August 10, 2015


Information about SWIMMERS ITCH.


The following information was copied from the ALMS latest update and was from a study by

 Michelle Gordy, PhD student at the University of Alberta, who received the 2015 ALMS Scholarship.


Besides the heat and drought-like conditions, swimmer's itch has been a hot topic this summer in Alberta! If you are unfamiliar, swimmer's itch is an allergic skin rash caused by skin penetration from flatworm parasites (trematodes) that naturally infect snails and birds in aquatic ecosystems. 


 

The rash can be incredibly itchy and easily ruin a vacation, but does not have long-lasting ill health effects. Through the use of our online survey at swimmersitch.ca, we've received over 243 swimmer's itch reports from across Canada this summer, so far, and a previous 436 reports from the previous two summers. We now have a pretty good idea of how many lakes are affected in Alberta and other parts of the country, but as word about the website increases, so does our view of just how expansive this condition really is.


 

In addition to collecting surveys from swimmer's about their most recent case of the itch, we have been conducting a multi-year, longitudinal survey to sample aquatic snails across six central, high-use, recreational lakes in Alberta: Lake Isle, Lac la Nonne, Wabamun Lake, Pigeon lake, Buffalo Lake, and Gull Lake. Over the past two years, we have learned that there are three primary snail species that host at least five different species of schistosome (trematodes known to cause itch). In addition, we have found over 30 other trematode species that infect five snail species at these same lakes, which has huge implications for how likely or unlikely it is to find a swimmer's itch causing parasite. We are currently in the process of collecting more snails to look for parasites this summer at the same lakes so we can look for trends across a three year data set. Currently, we are summarizing the data from the past two summers in a report to be submitted for publication later this month. 


 

So, why does swimmer's itch occur where it does? And how do we know when it is risky to swim? Well, answering these questions is the focus of my Ph.D. research. I want to understand when and where swimmer's itch occurs, who the culprits are (as in snail and parasite species), and what environmental (or other) factors may be used as indicators of peaks in transmission. The ultimate goal will be to predict peak transmission periods and communicate this to swimmers and other lake users. 




Please come and learn more at the presentation at the ALMS Annual General Meeting on September 3, 2015 or visit swimmersitch.ca.




2016


Please mark your calenders :
LIAMS  Annual General Meeting on Saturday May 28 @ 10 AM
located at the Lutheran Seniors Center   RR 62 & highway 633.
Please post if possible. If you are no longer the rep in your area, please forward on.
Thank you
Sandi



Due to an error in not getting the ad in the Voice and the number of reps not available for the AGM dated May 28 at the Lutheran Seniors Center, we will be postponing this meeting.  Membership remains at $10 per year. I will send the harvesting fee amount to you as soon as I hear from Kevin. If possible, when getting info from participants, please include email addresses. We need a secretary to take minutes at our meetings and a few other duties.
Thank you very much,
Sandi


Hi all,
Just received the info from Kevin, 236.00 an hour including GST, don't forget that a $10.00 membership must be added to that.
Thank you.
Sandi



2016 Update on Flowering Rush Infestation


All – thank you for your assistance and attention to this important issue! Please see attached map of expanding flowering rush population at Lake Isle, demonstrating a nearly 50% increase from last year’s survey. We are looking here at only the coverage of shoreline infested (17% in 2015 to 33% in 2016, which is a conservative estimate). I wanted to share this with you – feel free to pass on to stakeholders and colleagues. We’ll be planning an annual survey in the early summer (likely June again), so really need volunteers like you to assist in our efforts. This season our control trials were conducted as planned, and we’ll be moving forward with grant applications and approvals this winter to scale up treatment before this aquatic invasive plant is found throughout the lake and downstream as well.


Cheers,


Kate Wilson


Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Fish & Wildlife Policy Branch


Alberta Environment & Parks


2nd floor, Great West Life Building
9920 108 St. Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2M4
780-427-7791 (office) 780-289-2760 (cell)


AIS HOTLINE: 1-855-336-BOAT

2017

Just a reminder - Lake Isle is still catch and release - zero (0) fish of any species in the lake can be kept 


Please pass this information on to other boaters you see fishing on the lake. 


Hi all, 
Just received the info from Kevin, $236.00 an hour including GST, don't forget that a $10.00 membership must be added to that. 
Thank you. 
Sandi

Flowering Rush is still a huge issue for the Lake and the West end of the lake seems to be bearing the brunt of the infestation. 

Please make yourself and neighbors aware of what the plant looks like - see the photos and description in our Lake Flora section - and report any new breakouts of the plant.


Important Notice :

Procuring our Permit to Remove Lake Vegetation has hit a snag this year - 2017.

In order to continue a process that has been on-going for 17 years, this year we are required to submit a Level 1

Streamlined Consultation to The ACO - Aboriginal Consultation Office.

The Level 1 Streamlined Consultation papers have been Emailed to the four First Nations Bands directly

 involved in any activity related to Lake Isle and threats to fish and wildlife that the First Nations Bands rely upon.

We expect the process will be completed by the end of August, baring no issues.

Please be patient and check this web page for future updates!

Here is the latest update:

The permit application is now in the hands of the Upper Athabasca Region managers and we hope to hear from them on Monday, August 21, 2017!

LATEST NEWS:
WE JUST RECEIVED APPROVAL TO GO AHEAD WITH WEED REMOVAL.
The harvester should be on the lake this coming week, AUGUST 21, 2017.



The latest news re: FLOWERING RUSH CHEMICAL TREATMENT

 

“Good afternoon everyone,

 

I wanted to take a moment to update you on the status of the Special Use Approval for the herbicide application at Lake Isle.

 

Public notice ended on August 10th. It was at this time we were notified that a Statement of Concern (SOC) was received on August 3rd.

 

What does this mean? Approvals staff need to determine if the individual who submitted the SOC is directly impacted by the work we have proposed (i.e. it cannot be a member of Greenpeace from Medicine Hat who is opposed to what we are doing). If the individual is directly impacted, Nicole and I will respond directly to this individual and his/her concerns. If the individual is satisfied with our response and there are no outstanding or additional concerns we should receive our approval. If the individual is not satisfied with our response, the Director will need to make a decision on whether or not our response was sufficient and if the approval is issued.

 

I am still hopeful we can get our approval and be out on the lake, the contractor and I are ready for when we do receive it. But I did want to make it clear that if an approval is not received by Aug 25th we will not be applying the herbicide this year. Given the need to break the application into North and South shore and with a 2 week period in between each application, starting the applications beyond the week of the 28th will not be effective as the plant will likely start storing resources in the roots and the leaves start to die back.   

 

What does this mean for next year? Unknown at this point. Nicole and I will work with approvals staff to determine next steps, i.e. if we do not receive an approval, can the work done on this approval be for next year or do we need to start the approval process over? In addition, this fall I will be working with various departments to hopefully better align the approvals process (Water Act, Special Use, Public Lands Act) with the work of the Aquatic Invasive Species program. I am convinced there is a better way that allows us to rapidly respond to new and existing aquatic invasive species across the province and I am determined to find it!”

 

Thank you,

Tanya Rushcall

 

Aquatic Invasive Species Technician

Fish and Wildlife Policy

Alberta Environment & Parks

2nd Floor, 9920 108 St.

Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2M4



Additional information received September 26, 2017.


Agriculture & Forestry and Environment & Park staff assigned August 25, 2017 as the latest date possible of receiving approvals, in order to meet requirements on planned activities. This date was assigned to meet all herbicide label conditions in our control plan, allowing for herbicide to be applied to green, actively growing flowering rush (a legal requirement within the herbicide label). In order for Reward (diquat) to be effective, label states “Apply only after weeds are visible and in an active stage of growth which is normally sometime in late May through June as growth is dependent on water temperatures.” As soon as the plants start to die back for winter, diquat will have limited effect.

In addition, to protect the health of fish, herbicide label required us to stagger our treatment area into two - 4 km sections, separated by 2 weeks time. “To protect the fish in small lakes, streams and ponds with a dense weed growth, treat not more than 1/4 to 1/3 of the area at one time, otherwise the dying weeds over a large area will cause a serious loss of oxygen which may injure or kill the fish.” If approvals were received by August 25, public notification initiates over the weekend and commencing the application the week of Aug 28, with the second application being completed the week of Sept 11. September 15 is the date we felt we would begin to not meet “actively growing flowering rush”. We observed last year that flowering rush was starting to die back for the winter around this time at Lake Isle.

While approvals were delayed enough to not allow for control efforts in 2017, we have now received the necessary approvals with an expiry of December 2018. Which means we can operate in 2018 under the plan and approvals acquired this year, targeting a total of 8 km of shoreline. Control efforts are planned for Summer of 2018, budget dependant.

Nicole Kimmel
Weed Specialist
Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Your Mind Is A Garden. Your Thoughts Are The Seeds.
You Can Grow Flowers Or You Can Grow Weeds. ~ Anonymous