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A 22-post collection

June 28th, 2021 Blue-Green Algae

By Nick Spacek |  Jun 30, 2021  | news

Please read the following message from Bonny Hoyt-Hallet on behalf of the Water Monitoring team:

As some of you may have noticed on a previous post there has been some observations of a potential algae bloom along the Yoho road lakeshore edge.

Each of you had or will be receiving a package this week containing info on keeping our lake healthy, In this is a document outlining information on algae blooms and what to do or not do.

With each bloom and this will not be the only one, we will not be sampling each one. Residents should notify the monitoring committee and myself as chair, of the location and observation, so we can keep a watchful eye and notify residents to be cautious.

We must assume that each is blue green algae and toxic and avoid the area for swimming / drinking and use by animals in the area of the bloom.

So far we have been lucky and these blooms are short lived and dissipate quickly. There is no facility in NB at present to test for toxins in blue green algae but work is ongoing through NBALA / UNB and RPC. All blue green algae is not toxic but for the sake of caution we must treat it as if it were.

Our lake has been posted as of last year as a result of that algae bloom. It is posted at the only semi public entrance to our lake that being the scout camp, these signs stay in place once a lake has been identified.

DELG and Public safety will not test each bloom so it is our role to do what we can to prevent blooms and be cautious when we see one and report it to your lake Executive or Monitoring Committee. The lake is being monitored every 2 weeks and is warm and low right now and susceptible to blooms.

Bonny Hoyt-Hallett
Chair Yoho lake monitoring committee

For more information, please refer to the government website on blue-green algae.

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Government of New Brunswick Investing in Blue-Green Algae Mitigation

By Nick Spacek |  Feb 26, 2021  | news

The Government of New Brunswick announced a joint investment with the federal government and the city of Moncton of roughly $22 million to upgrade the city’s drinking water system to remove blue-green algae. The funding will also be used to research new and existing technology capable of removing the harmful by-products of the algae.

Read more here: Investment in Moncton’s drinking water system

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Call for Proposals for Creative Design Projects relating to Healthy Lake Ecosystems

By Nick Spacek |  Jan 22, 2021  | news

Another note from Briana Cowie at the NB Alliance of Lake Associations:

Hi everyone, 

Hope you are all staying safe & well. I am sending out this Call for Proposals for all NBALA lake association members to circulate. We would like to see more youth involved in our local lake associations and environmental efforts so we have created an opportunity for young people to contribute a creative design project that involves maintaining lake health. 

The details are enclosed in the attached document. We ask that you share this widely on your social media, at your dinner tables, and with your friends & family. We will select 5 project proposals and individuals who are chosen will be provided compensation in exchange for their design as a part of our “Youth Ambassadorship” program. Interested individuals are asked to contact me by February 5th with their project ideas. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Let’s think of creative ways to get youth thinking about environmental management! 

Thanks everyone. 

Take care,

Briana

Here is more information about the Call for Proposals.

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Webinar - Flooding in New Brunswick: Cause and Effect

By Nick Spacek |  Jan 3, 2021  | news

From the Jemseg Grand Lake Watershed Association:

Join us to learn more about what caused the 2018 flood in the lower Wələstəq (Saint John River). Jasmin Boisvert joined the Hydrology Centre in 2016, and has been updating New Brunswick’s flood forecasting/modelling tools, among other things. Previously, Jasmin has worked on research projects regarding hydrological modelling, statistical hydrology, and water availability.

This is a free Zoom-based Webinar taking place on Thursday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. Atlantic time. Click here to register [zoom.us].

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Yoho Lake Christmas Sale 2020

By Nick Spacek |  Dec 3, 2020  | news
  • 2021 Calendars have arrived!
  • New Christmas Loon Ornament!
  • Still have lots of Hoodies, T-Shirts, Coffee Mugs …..

Great Ideas to make your Christmas Shopping easy.

Covid Protocols in place. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, December 5th

374 Yoho Lake

Send to rickdebi@nb.sympatico.ca if you’d like to order ahead

2021 Calendar
2021 Calendar
Loon Ornament
Loon Ornament
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Algae Bloom

By Nick Spacek |  Sep 22, 2020  | news

Updated post, September 23, 2020, 7:00am

We have received a response from the Department of Environment and Local Government:

Thank you for letting us know about the bloom on Yoho Lake near the outlet. In terms of questions or messaging around public health and algae blooms please see the webpages below from the Department of Health. If residents still have further questions they can call the Fredericton Public Health office at 453-2830.

Links:

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/h-s/pdf/en/HealthyEnvironments/water/BlueGreenAlgaeQA.pdf

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/healthy_environments/content/blue_green_algae.html

Original post, September 22, 2020

Please note a potential bloom has been noted in the outlet and Bonny Hoyt-Hallet has notified the Department of Environment and Local Government.

Please take appropriate precautions and avoid water in that area.

For those drawing water from the lake, an alternative source is recommended as lake water should not be used for bathing or cooking until the area is clear.

We will update with more information when it is available.

Please refer to the government website on algae blooms / Cyanobacteria for more information.

We have attached some pictures from the outlet, click the button below to view them.

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August 25, 2020 Wildlife Spotlight: Modest Sphinx Moth

By Nick Spacek |  Aug 25, 2020  | wildlife-spotlight

modest sphinx caterpillar

Over the weekend we spotted what initially looked like a green pine cone… until it squirmed. Turned out it was the caterpillar form of the Modest Sphinx Moth!

Adults are on wing from mid-June to mid-July in Canada. In the northern part of the range, there is one generation with adults on wing from may to July. Farther south, there might be two generations per year.

The larvae feed on poplar, willow and cottonwood species

- Source: Wikipedia

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