Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Report of the MDDEP concerning cyanobacteria

Following reports of red algae under the ice this winter, the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks (MDDEP) agreed to follow up on the matter after the ice melted. Therefore, a representative of MDDEP visited our lake on May 22, and noticed nothing unusual. Water samples were taken and the results seem satisfactory. Please find below the second report of the MDDEP - dated May 28, 2012 - concerning the appearance of cyanobacteria this past winter on the lake. A liberal translation of the Observations and Interpretation of the Results reads: A total of 1-1,000 cells/ml were found in the sample. The analysis of the sample taken in the water reveal that the density of the cyanobacteria was less than 20,000 cells/ml. A density this small is not considered to be a bloom. This situation does not require a public health intervention.You will find enclosed copy of the report analyzes the ministry.

Furthermore in respect of this case, the municipalities of Bouchette and Ste-Thérèse and the Association of Grand Lac Rond will sign a contract soon with the ABV of 7 for a study on the characterization of our lake. The financial participation of the Association in this project will be $ 1,200 as well as for the two municipalities. The ABV of 7 is expected to begin the study in June, and the final report is expected in July. We hope this will enable us to identify the causes of the appearance of the algae, as well as measures to counteract them. Naturally, we will keep you abreast of developments in this matter.

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