Events and Activities of 2011

21 August 2011 - Don't Mow that Lawn!

In accordance with the MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau regulation dealing with protection of shorelines, river banks, etc., the mowing of lawns within 10 to 15 meters of the shoreline is prohibited as of this date.  For more details, consult the Regulations page of this website.

13 August 2011 - The Association's Annual General Meeting

The Blue Sea Lake Watershed Association held its third Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, August 13th at the Messines Municipal Hall.  Professor Benoit St. Onge of the Geography Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and author of the environmental study sponsored by the Association provided an assessment on the health of the lake. Jean-Philippe Harnois, a biologist with ABV des 7, a regional environmental association, addressed the issue of exotic invasive species in our lakes.

July 17 to August 12, 2011 - Messines's Summer Festival 2011

June 11 to July 24, 2011 - Workshops on Shoreline Revegetation

Message from Seauvegarde - "To help you comply with the by-law on the protection of lakeshores, riverbanks, littoral zones and flooplains (Interim Control By-law 2009-206), Seauvegarde Vallée-de-la-Gatineau invites you to attend our "Revitalize ta rive" workshops available on the territory of the Gatineau Valley RCM throughout the summer. These workshops are meant for people intending to control te re-vegetation of the shoreline, instead of letting it grow naturally. Using a multi-media presentation, biologist Annie Parent of the Société Sylvicole de la Haute-Gatineau (www.sshg.qc.ca) will explain the importance of the role played by riparian strip vegetation and demonstrate techniques for bank re-vegetation/stabilization by using various indigenous plants and shrubs.  Several workshop participants will be the lucky winners of flowering shrubs awarded by random draw. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how to recreate riparian stripo vegetation that isn't just beneficial to the lake but also esthetically pleasant.

The workshops are financed by ABV des 7 (www.abv7.org)."

Note: the worshop was held in French at Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau on May 22, Déléage on May 28, Messines on June 4, Aumond on June 5, Bouchette on June 11, Grand-Remous on June 18, Gracefield on July 16 and Blue Sea on July 24. It was also held in English at Gracefield on July 16.

4 June - Free Trees

As is explained in their website, one of ABV des 7‘s projects is the distribution of trees to organizations who want to promote reforestation within their areas.  Started in 2007, this project is part of a broader program coordinated by the Regroupement des Organisations de Bassin Versant du Quebec (ROBVQ) to reduce the occurrence of blue-green algae in provincial waterways.  As part of the program, the Blue Sea Lake Watershed Association requested 300 hybrid poplars which were delivered in early June.  150 of these trees in both Messines and Blue Sea were to be given away from 9 AM to noon on Saturday, June 4. The distribution was at the school parking lot in Blue Sea and at the municipal center in Messines.