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07 Jun

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Natural Occurrence and No Cause For Alarm

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Nature At Work…no cause for alarm

Nature at WorkRecently residents are again seeing a fish die off.  This is something that we have seen before and again are looking into with the same vigour as before.  The last die off was in 2009 and that information, including the results of fish autopsies can be found in the Related Links section below if anyone is interested.  We would encourage all waterfront residents to please scoop as many dead fish as possible out of the water and dispose of them either through burying or the green bin.

This year we have seen very little algae so far but a much greater bounty of weeds coming to the surface. We have found that on years where the ice comes off early and the weeds can get established that we do not get an early algae bloom, in years like last year where there is a late melt followed by weeks of warm weather the algae can get a good hold.  This is all natural and exactly what the experts tell us to expect.  This has nothing to do with lake pollution and everything to do with the natural life cycle of a living body of water.

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CLICK ON IMAGE for the Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake Report

In 2014 we were very fortunate to have Geranium homes contract Hutchinson Environmental Sciences conduct the most extensive study of Musselman’s Lake ever.  Please click on the report image to view this very extensive and enlightening report.

We will keep everyone posted with results of the investigation into this years die off.

Dr. Brian Laing, has been looking into this years fish die off, which consist 99% crappie and mostly breeding size.
They were breeding last week before the sunfish started mating season started. The recent unusual warm weather while they are breeding stresses them and makes them susceptible to bacterial infections.
This is a completely natural occurrence and no cause for alarm.

Related Links

Crappie Story
Update of the Crappie Die-Off
Crappie Update
It’s Crappie!
LAB RESULTS ARE BACK
REMEMBER… “THE LAKE ISN’T A SWIMMING POOL”
GREAT NEWS! NO SERIOUS WATER QUALITY ISSUES WITH LAKE
NO WORRIES
WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

 

09 May

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GREAT NEWS! NO SERIOUS WATER QUALITY ISSUES WITH LAKE

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Water Quality & Management Of Musselman’s Lake Report Has Positive Findings

Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. with Cheryl Shindruck, Senior Vice President Geranium Corporation presenting the Lake Report at Earth Day

Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. with
Cheryl Shindruck, Executive Vice President Geranium Corporation presenting the Lake Report at Earth Day

The Geranium Corporation sponsored Lake environmental report has been completed by Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd., and the findings are very positive which means that the residents of Musselman’s Lake have been doing a great job of managing the Lake.

Since its inception back in 2006, the MLRA had noticed positive environmental  indicators such as the return of frogs and turtles to the Lake in numbers. This led the MLRA to implement projects such as The CUPPEL (Controlling Unwanted Phosphorous and Pollution Entering Lake) Project. Until a full comprehensive study could be funded and completed, a weed harvest or other even more drastic measures to reduce the amount of weeds on the Lake were shelved.

We now have that report and it supports the position of non-intervention.

See Summary Letter, Executive Summary and link to full report below.

Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake – Summary Letter

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Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake – Executive Summary

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Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake – Full Report

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CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FULL REPORT