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2015


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


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