The Environment Committee is undertaking a number of important initiatives aimed at improving the water quality of Lake Mississippi.
This is our number one goal: to do what we can to allow the lake community to continue to enjoy safe clean water for living and recreation.
As the MLA progresses various projects, we will post the latest developments in the panels below to keep you up to date.
The MLA, in partnership with the MVCA and Queens University is undertaking an Ecological Modeling project. The resulting 3D model will facilitate simulation of future states of the lake with respect to blue green algae growth. Factors such as temperature and nutrient concentration will be varied to see the impact. These ‘forecasts’ will allow a fact based approach to determining the importance of policy changes such as land use or septic re-inspection that will hopefully mitigate the impact and reduce the growth of blue green algae.
Here is the press release that announced the project launch issued by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority.
The historical water sampling activities, leading to an annual State of the Lake report, are being upgraded to provide a better sampling and reporting procedure. This project is being undertaken by MLA in conjunction with MVCA and Watersheds Canada.
In concert with Watersheds Canada and Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN), MLA is undertaking a series of surveys to better catalogue the state of vegetation in the lake, and to detect at the as soon as possible when various invasive species are introduced.
In addition to the catalogueing effort, this project will address options for removing invasive species (where practicable) and will coordinate efforts to dessiminate information on how to prevent invasive species from taking root in the first place.
Lake Map showing the locations of Invasive Species detected to date
2018 Invasive Species Survey - including consolidated 2016-2018 results
In additon to aquatic vegetation and natural objects (ledges, rocks, etc.) in the lake, which provide suitable habitats for fish, the MLA is working at creating artificial habitats to place in the lake. These are akin to the aritificial reefs that have been created in ocean coastal waters, and which have proven to be tremendously successful in supporting and increasing fish populations.
There's something very Canadian in listening to the haunting call of the Loon. Besides music to our ears, the Loon also provides a very good gauge of the water quality of the lake. No Loons...? Not Good! So, keeping track of the Loon population is a good way to supplement and corroborate water quality assessments from other projects.
For many years now, the MLA has been conducting an annual count of the Loon polulation on the lake. This project aims at improving our methods and volunteer participation, and compiling a more thorough account of populations, habitats, and behaviour.