Annual General Meeting – 25th May
You are cordially invited to a meeting of the membership of our Association to be held on Saturday, May 25th at Masterson Hall starting at 11:00 AM.
We will be discussing the events of the past year and future plans.
You may renew your annual membership which remains at only $20.00 per family.
We will also be hosting a fund-raising BBQ starting at 12:00. Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be available.
We also have some great-looking T-shirts for sale.
Come all and show your support for this worthy cause.
We are on track for a second year of weevil stocking!
Just last week the Township of North Glengarry signed a contract with Enviroscience for the stocking of 50,000 weevils for the 2013 season. This is tremendously good news in view of our drive to rid the lake system of milfoil.
The recent signing of the contract allows for weevil stocking early in the summer. This stocking, applied one to two months earlier than last year, will ensure a greater population of weevils attacking the milfoil for a longer period of time: an excellent recipe for success!
We are very pleased and heartened by Council’s actions. For a second year in a row they have committed to improving the quality of our water. It is a benefit that will be enoyed by all for many years.
Weevils (Update) - November 26, 2012
The final survey and report of the lake has been completed and is available for download. The Loch Garry lake association will be presenting the findings to the Township Council on December 10 at 7:00PM in Alexandria. As in the past, attendance of members at this meeting would be most helpful!
Despite the late start in the year and the massive amounts of milfoil, seen not only in Loch Garry but in other Ontario lakes, we actually saw a small decline in milfoil density over the short duration between the initial stocking and the final survey performed at the end of August. Furthermore, "damage caused by weevil larvae was identified at all sites that were stocked in the follow-up survey". Loch Garry does not have a large, native weevil population and therefore, the weevils stocked this year had their hands full! As recommended in the report we are suggesting that next year's stocking of weevils be located in the same sites as this year in order to foster growth of the population which will also aid in gauging the success of the damage to the milfoil.
Our thanks and appreciation are extended to all who helped make the first year of our project a tremendous success. In particular, we would like to thank the Township of North Glengarry for their financial backing as well as the generous backing from our corporate sponsors including Caisse Populaire de la Vallée, Alexandria Moulding, MacEwen Petroleum, and Scotiabank. All of your assistance is greatly appreciated and undoubtably we will be counting on you next year.
The Loch Garry Lake Asociation
The remaining 13,000 milfoil weevils were set in Loch Garry on Monday, July 23, 2012. They were put in a bay near the north west corner of the lake. This completes the Loch Garry installation for 2012. A survey of Loch Garry will take place this fall to determine how the weevils have adapted and to measure the milfoil surrounding the installation sites.
Mill Pond was surveyed on July 23, 2012 as well. Their survey concludes that there is Eurasian milfoil dispersed throughout Mill Pond. Some dense patches were found to have bloomed at the west end of Mill Pond. The milfoil in the center of the pond and in the swimming area is mixed in with Canadian Waterweed and several varieties of Pondweed.
The Loch Garry Lake Association and The Township of North Glengarry have asked Milfoil Solutions to review their findings and recommend a revised strategy for Mill Pond. A recommendation is anticipated by mid-August.
Weevils have arrived!
27,000 Milfoil weevils were positioned in Loch Garry on July 5, 2012. Another 13,000 weevils will be put in Loch Garry later this month along with the possibilty of 10,000 in Mill pond once Milfoil Solutions has another culture of weevils ready.
Kyle Borrowman and Justin Richardson of Milfoil Solutions arrived at Jim Picken’s shore at 2:30pm. Tracey Masterson and Bernard McDonell of the Loch Garry Lake Association took Kyle and Justin on a pontoon boat provided by the Township.
Kyle picked out three sites which met the criteria for the installation. The first is on the north shore between the Filion and Picken property. An orange buoy identifies the spot. It is about 75 feet from the treed shoreline. 10,000 weevils were installed here all very close to each other. 7000 weevils were installed at the second site south-east of the Picken property near the inlet to the dam. This is also marked with an orange buoy. It is about 50 feet from the treed shoreline. The third site is on the north shore off the point between the Masterson and Stang property. Once again it is marked with an orange buoy and is situated about 75 feet from a treed shoreline. 10,000 weevils were installed here.
The survey criteria is relatively simple…Find a good quantity of undamaged milfoil which has not topped the water and which is near a treed winter resting area. Several areas of the lake had higher weed levels however did not necessarily meet this criteria. The next site will be chosen when Milfoil Solutions returns. Milfoil Solutions took samples at each site to determine the native weevil population. They also measured to determine the quantity of milfoil at each site.
The process at Loch Garry ended at 7:15pm and Kyle and Justin were to meet Dan Gagnon to determine where to place the weevils in Mill Pond.
Milfoil Solutions has advised The Loch Garry Lake Association and The Township of North Glengarry that they were unable to stock weevils in Mill Pond in the evening of July 5, 2012. Their preliminary findings indicate that the Eurasian Milfoil is less concentrated than in Loch Garry. They were unable to determine an appropriate stocking site as it was late in the evening. They will return later in July to complete the stocking of Loch Garry and reassess Mill Pond.
Milfoil Solutions also advised that unsightly weed currently congesting the swimming area of Mill Pond is known as Canadian Water Weed. The LGLA is working with The Township of North Glengarry to ascertain control options for the Canadian Water Weed.