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Good news! The analysis results for the sample collected by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) on Nov 9 have come back as not detected. However, as the release of toxins can occur as the bloom cells die off, the MECP will be re-sampling for toxin analysis again this week to confirm that the bloom is no longer there and that concentrations of toxin in the water have remained below detection.
If those sampling results confirm continued not detected levels and that the bloom is no longer there, they will be forwarded to the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit, and the Harmful Algal Bloom Alert currently posted on the SMHU site will have its status changed to RESOLVED. Until then, the Alert and the associated limitations on water use remain in effect.
I have been in touch with staff from both the Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit (SMHU) and the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MEPC) this week, and unfortunately, the MEPC’s laboratory analysis of the water sample(s) from the Oak Road blue-green algal bloom [referred to as a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB)] area on November 11 has not yet been completed. They are analyzing for microcystin, a chemical toxin commonly associated with HABs. Ministry staff indicated to me today that the results can take up to 30 days, but as soon as the Sr. Environmental Officer who collected the samples receives the results from the Ministry laboratory, they will be relayed immediately to the SMHU. This differs from the information I was given by SMHU staff last Friday, as they expected the microcystin results from the MECP to be available by Monday (Nov 17).
I have also noted that the SMHU web site now shows a total of 12 ongoing HAB Alerts, one Lifted Alert and six Resolved Alerts for a total of 19 HAB Alerts issued in 2020 to date. One of those was reported even later than the one on Kahshe Lake. In total, there are now 17 different HAB-impacted lakes in the Muskoka-Simcoe area of Ontario, and this is more than twice as many as in 2019 (8) and three-fold greater than in 2018 (6). One piece of good news is that one of our KLRA members in the Beaver Bay area (west of Boyd Is) had his own lake water and filtered drinking water analyzed for microcystin at his own expense this week, and all three samples came back non-detected.
I will continue to keep in touch with the MECP and SMHU staff and will update the KLRA as well as the Oak Road Cottagers’ Association members, the KL Community and KL Waterfront Community Facebook groups regarding the status of the water analysis as soon as I get the information.
Kahshe and Bass Lake Steward
In an effort to keep everyone up to date on the recent Blue Green Algae outbreak on Kahshe Lake, our Lake Steward Ron Pearson, will be presenting and answering questions on this topic tomorrow.
WHEN: Saturday November 14th ar 6:00 P.M. ET on Kahshe Lake Community’s. Facebook page;.
To attend the Presentation:
You must belong to the Kahshe Lake Community Facebook page that was created and is maintained by Lauren Koenig.
Please join as soon as possible if you wish to attend the presentation.
Below is the link to the presentation
Margaret Taylor. R.N.
President of KLRA
To all members .
This morning I learned of a POSITIVE TEST for BLUE-GREEN ALGAE from the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit.
Positive result location: West side of Kahshe Lake from a sample off of Oak Road.
I have contacted Gravenhurst Mayor Paul Kelly and they have just issued the announcement on the Town Web Site.
At that time I also requested signs be placed at entry to the lake, which has now been ordered and also that Nagaya Beach area be closed. Further asks will be made to the town regarding the need for on going water quality testing of the Nagaya Beach area and the lake through the Town to the Simcoe Muskoka Health unit.
Please do not drink the water and it is very important that you read the precautions set out by the Town and Simcoe Muskoka Health unit!
Ron Pearson our Lake Stewart has added this information and plans to add more to our January Newsletter:
The three contributors to nutrient loading where we can make a difference include:
Other sources that are beyond our control include wildlife feces, rain-fall and in-flow from rivers/other lakes.
Please see the links below for all the information available at this time.
Marg Taylor. R.N.
President of KLRA
The 2020 Kahshe Photo Contest broke all records for number of entries with 175 photos sent in. All of the photos are on the web site. The 15 winners in the 5 categories are listed on a separate page under the 2020 Photo Contest heading. The 15 winners make up the slide show on the site home page.
Have a look at the Boutique page to see new items available for 2020.
June 8, 2020
Update on Waste Management
I wanted to give you an update on recent developments in Waste Management around our lake. As you know, several of our bin sites have been identified as “High Priority” by the District of Muskoka Engineering and Public Works department and the Ministry of Environment.
As a result of the COVID 19 emergency measures, some of these bin sites remain as they were last year:
· Denne’s winter site
· Riley Lake
Studies are under way by Engineering & Public Works as to how arrangements will change after the emergency measures are lifted. Work is ongoing on these sites, but no specific measures can be identified at this time.
Who Will Be This Year’s Outstanding Volunteer?
There are many wonderful people who willingly give their time and skill to help make Kahshe Lake the marvellous place that we have come to cherish and enjoy. Each year, KLRA selects one such individual and recognizes them with the Outstanding Volunteer Award. Traditionally, the award is presented at our Annual General Meeting, but this year we may need to make other arrangements.
You are part of the process. If you know someone who should be considered, why not take a moment and nominate them? You can take a look at previous recipients and get more information on our website. To find that info, go to About/Our Work/ Committees/ COM/ Outstanding Volunteer.
Deadline for nominations is June 14, 2020.
KLRA members responded in large numbers to the survey started on February 16 about the District of Muskoka's plan to remove waste bin sites around Kahshe and Bass.
The results of the survey are available here. It makes interesting reading.
It turns out that the bin sites planned for removal this spring are even more important than was previously thought.
We have sent the results to District staff and politicians. We are arranging meetings to achieve our near-term goal of keeping the bin sites until we can get an acceptable plan.
We also asked you to complete a survey on the District’s Engage Muskoka website. We now have learned that Gravenhurst (read Kahshe Lake) has provided more feedback than any other municipality. Way to go, Kahshe and Bass!
We’ll keep in touch.
The Love Your Lake Program has come to Kahshe and Bass Lakes.
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