2019-2020 Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors for the next year:

Conseil 2019 2020 P1070843From left to right: Don Karn, Dave Maclaren, Brian Lahey, Ghislaine Turnbull (Treasurer), André Beauchemin (Secretary), Guy Gauvreau, Francis LeBlanc (President) and Paul R. Ouimet (Vice-President)

Welcome to the two new members, Ghislaine Turnbull and Dave Maclaren.

For the contact information of Board members, please click here.

Annual General Meeting

The Association held its 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, July 20th from 10 am to 12:30 at the Blue Sea Church.

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Highlights:

  • AGA 2019 John Turnbull 125 DSC 0023John Turnbull makes his last report to the AGM as Treasurer; he does not renew his mandate as Director. His great contribution to the efforts leading to the recognition of the Association’s charity status is underlined. Thank you John.
  • Participants are reminded that the charity status allows the Association to issue tax receipts for donations of 20 $ or more.
  • The President underlines the importance of the issue of Eurasian milfoil control for the Association and provides an update of the progress of the jute tarp installation project covering a little more than 18 000 m2 of mono-specific stands of this invasive plant. The project could be carried out at the end of August or beginning of September but the financing remains to be finalized, subject to the approval of the requested grant.
  • Participants highlighted some technical issues regarding the installation of the jute tarp:
    • installation in the spring might be preferable because the biomass is less important and the plants are not as fragile, hence the lesser risk of fragmentation;
    • the difficulty of installing the fabric where the removable docks are standing.
  • The yellow buoys program continues; 162 were installed this year, along with 13 large information buoys. Unfortunately, it is observed that too many boaters still do not take them into account.
  • AGA 2019 Quatre presidents 200 DSC 0065 2The boat washing program is doing well; according to the information obtained from municipalities, the number of washings is still growing.
  • The 10 years of activities of the Association are highlighted by a brief overview of the activities; past Presidents Marc Grégoire, Don Karn and Dick Ryan are present.

For the documentation made available at the meeting, please click here.

Danger! Eurasian Milfoil! Stay Clear of the Yellow Buoys!

2019-05-25 - The navigation season on our lakes begins; it is time to remember the danger of water milfoil for the health of our lakes and the importance of respecting the yellow buoys to be installed shortly by the Association to warn boaters of the presence of water-milfoil-infested areas, that they must avoid.

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Wash your Boats

Lavage bateaux 4352019-05-25 - And to prevent the importation of other specimens of this invasive plant and of all other species of the same nature, we remind you of the importance of washing your boats before launching them if they come from another body of water. Messines and Blue Sea washing stations are easily accessible; take advantage of them! In this regard, it should be noted that both municipalities remain committed to the continuation and improvement of the mandatory boat washing program.

Don't Make Waves

2019-05-25 - In a letter received today, the Canada Revenue Agency informs us that the Association meets the requirements for tax exemption as a charitable organization under the Income Tax Act. Thanks to those responsible for this success, including our Treasurer John Turnbull who led the effort, the members who participated in the August 25th Special General Meeting to authorize the request to change our letters patent (French only) and our secretary André Beauchemin who was responsible for quickly obtaining our supplementary letters patent (French only - for the English translation of key changes, click here ) from the Registraire des entreprises du Québec.

To Know More on Boat Washing

Lavage bateaux 435Photos: M. Grégoire & P.R. OuimetApril 2018 - Representatives of the Association and of the two municipalities of Blue Sea and Messines met recently to plan the boat washing program for 2018. The two municipalities are taking steps to launch the program for the start of the fishing season on April 27.

To Learn More About Washing Boats!

Lavage A extrait video 435Source: Web video of the MDDELCCApril 2018 - A web video produced a few years ago by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and fight against climate change (MDDELCC) highlights the importance of boat washing and illustrates how to do it in 5 steps to prevent the spread of invasive species in our aquatic environments. Click here to see it.

Avoid the Spread of Eurasian Milfoil - Pay Heed to the Yellow Buoys! Why?

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April 2018 - It's time to recall the danger of Eurasian milfoil for the health of our lakes and the importance of avoiding areas delimited by the yellow buoys installed by the Association to indicate the Boueesjaunesschema2 400presence of milfoil bed, areas that boaters must avoid.

Eurasian milfoil reproduces mainly by fragmentation of the stems. The stems are broken naturally or cut accidentally (fishermen, boat propellers, etc.) These fragments are then deposited elsewhere at the bottom of the water. Each fragment of one centimetre or more can produce a new plant.

Eurasian milfoil beds become so dense that other species of aquatic plants naturally present are eliminated. Thus, there are fewer aquatic plant species in our waters. This loss of biodiversity results in an impoverishment of the aquatic environment. This plant can also significantly harm fishing, among others lake trout fishing. Finally, Eurasian milfoil is also a constraint to the use of aquatic environments for human recreational purposes.

For more information, two sources of interest: the Eurasian Water-Milfoil website pages of Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program and of the ministère du Développement Durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (French only).

 

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The Association is recognized as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency. Donations are subject to a tax credit. An official receipt is issued for all donations of $ 20 or more.

Let's Protect our Lakes

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Conseils printemps enBelieve it or not, spring has arrived! Please consider our environmental tips to preserve the health of our lakes.  
 
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Association Priorities

In the fall of 2018, the Board of Directors reviewed the strategic planning of the Association and set its priorities for 2019; these are:

  • Carry out a project to control Eurasian watermilfoil by installing burlap cloth at four locations deemed critical because of the size of the stands;
  • Support the boat washing program of the municipalities of Blue Sea and Messines through sustained awareness-raising efforts, particularly towards motorboat owners and operators;
  • Continue the annual program for the systematic demarcation of Eurasian milfoil stands with yellow buoys;
  • Continue water quality monitoring of lakes registered in the Volunteer Lake-Monitoring Program and submit other watershed lakes for registration;
  • Develop or update signage, pamphlets, and other informational material about the dangers threatening our lakes and the good practices to counter them;
  • Review the rules to be followed by boaters and raise their awareness as to the behavior to adopt, especially in the case of powerful motorized boats;
  • Promote solutions to reduce the impact of fireworks on the edges of our lakes and watercourses, thus countering threats to the health of our environment;
  • Develop a volunteer recruitment and support strategy that is critical to the success of the Association's activities;
  • Conduct a fundraising campaign promoting the Association's charitable status;
  • Increase outreach efforts to other watershed organizations in the region and beyond to identify common issues and share knowledge.

To participate in the achievement of these goals of the Association, do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to contact a member of the Board of Directors.

 
 

Who are we ?

The Blue Sea Lake Watershed Association was established in 2009. Its mission is to protect and preserve the watersheds of the lake and of Blue Sea Stream. »»»»

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Call for Volunteers

The Association needs volunteers to help with various tasks including: monitoring water quality and environmental hazards on our lakes; assisting our Webmaster with the maintenance of our website; translating documents from English to French and vice versa; and helping with various administrative projects throughout the year. For more information regarding "volunteer opportunities", please click here.