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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

 

08 May

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REMEMBER… “THE LAKE ISN’T A SWIMMING POOL”

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Posted originally May, 2014. Due to misinformation being spread in the community we have reposted this valuable information.

Musselman’s Lake Is A Healthy Lake And Not A Swimming Pool. Rooted Plants (weeds) And Algae Are An Integral Part To Its Health And Delicate Ecology.

The Results are in…The Lake Is Doing Fine!

The Geranium Corporation sponsored Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake report has been completed by Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd., and the findings are very positive.

Please take time to view both videos below as they are very enlightening. You will learn how both rooted plants (weeds) and algae play an integral part in the health of the Lake’s delicate ecology. The first video is a short summary and the second one is Dr. Neil Huthchinson’s full presentation on the Lake. Dr. Neil Hutchinson does such a great job of explaining how there is more to our Lovely Lake than meets the eye. It is a very complicated ecosystem that goes through some pretty amazing seasonal changes that most of us are unaware of. The full video is well worth taking the time to watch.

Also below are links to related posts about the Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake report.

Dr. Neil Hutchinson’s Earth Day Presentation Summary Video “The Lake Isn’t A Swimming Pool”

 

 Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. making his Earth Day presentation of  the much anticipated Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake report.

 

RELATED LINKS
GREAT NEWS! NO SERIOUS WATER QUALITY ISSUES WITH LAKE
NO WORRIES
WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

 

08 Aug

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FOGGY SUNRISE ON MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

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Looking Good. Feeling Good.

Mussleman's Lake is not only looking good but she is feeling good as well

Mussleman’s Lake is not only looking good but she is feeling good as well.
Photo – Dan Wigmore

Not only is Musselman’s Lake looking good, she is feeling good as well based on the results of the much anticipated Geranium Corporation sponsored Lake environmental report. This extensive study was completed by Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. and presented to the MLRA on Earth Day.

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

 

RELATED LINKS
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

29 May

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REMEMBER… “THE LAKE ISN’T A SWIMMING POOL”

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Musselman’s Lake Is A Healthy Lake And Not A Swimming Pool. Rooted Plants (weeds) And Algae Are An Integral Part To Its Health And Delicate Ecology.

The Results are in…The Lake Is Doing Fine!

The Geranium Corporation sponsored Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake report has been completed by Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd., and the findings are very positive.

Please take time to view both videos below as they are very enlightening. You will learn how both rooted plants (weeds) and algae play an integral part in the health of the Lake’s delicate ecology. The first video is a short summary and the second one is Dr. Neil Huthchinson’s full presentation on the Lake. Dr. Neil Hutchinson does such a great job of explaining how there is more to our Lovely Lake than meets the eye. It is a very complicated ecosystem that goes through some pretty amazing seasonal changes that most of us are unaware of. The full video is well worth taking the time to watch.

Also below are links to related posts about the Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake report.

Dr. Neil Hutchinson’s Earth Day Presentation Summary Video “The Lake Isn’t A Swimming Pool”

 

 Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. making his Earth Day presentation of  the much anticipated Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake report.

 

RELATED LINKS
GREAT NEWS! NO SERIOUS WATER QUALITY ISSUES WITH LAKE
NO WORRIES
WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

 

23 May

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CONGRATULATIONS GERANIUM HOMES!

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Geranium Homes, The Sponsor Of The Musselman’s Lake Water Quality Report, Wins Numerous Awards.

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Geranium Homes sponsored an extensive Water Quality Study of the hidden jewel known as Musselman’s Lake

 

geranium homes logoWith a history spanning more than 35 years, Geranium Homes take great pride in being recognized both locally and nationally for their groundbreaking work as a home builder committed to design innovation, construction excellence and dedicated after sales service.

And The Award Goes To…

Geranium Awards

Click on image to see a list of the many awards that Geranium Homes has won

16 May

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SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE

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Give Mother Nature A Chance To Work Her Magic.

By Rick Wigmore

Photo of a very large Bull Frog at Musselman's Lake. The Lake's frog and turtle population has been making a comeback in recent years.

Photo of a very large Bull Frog at Musselman’s Lake. The Lake’s frog and turtle population has been making a comeback in recent years.

I had an interesting conversation with longtime resident Bob James on Earth Day. Between the two of us there are over one hundred years spent at the Lake. Bob noted he had never seen such an algae explosion in the spring with which I concurred. We will definitely monitor this situation to see what happens as the rooted weeds begin to grow again.  We got to talking how the Lake report and Dr. Hutchinson has really pointed out that our Lake is in a good place and maybe that’s more due to us not reacting to environmental trends and depending more on nature to take its course.  At the MLRA we always receive plenty of resident advice and the biggest one by far is for a weed harvest. But now Dr. Hutchinson has pointed out in his recent report that there is a constant war going on between algae and rooted weeds in the Lake. If you harvest the rooted weeds you stand a chance of not only ruining fish habitat but tipping the balance of power from rooted weeds which are basically harmless, to algae of which some varieties can be toxic to pets and swimmers. There is proof of this phenomenon. “When do we have the most trouble with algae?” The early spring and late fall is when we see algae blooms and this corresponds with the lack of rooted weeds which die off late fall and return late spring.  We also talked about Phoslock which at one time was touted as the panacea to too many rooted weeds. Lake Wilcox launched an aerator on their lake with great fanfare as the answer to weeds and stagnant water and ended up with a red bloom problem. It seems the older you get, the more you realize these so called short term solutions seem to always lead you to a problem you never had before.

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Delicate Balance
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Probably the greatest example of leave well enough alone and let nature take its course occurred right here at Musselman’s Lake in the Spring of 2009 with the “great crappie die off”.  If residents knew that crappie, an invasive bait fish probably introduced to the lake by ice fishermen, was knocking the stuffing out of the bass population there would have been a large hue and cry to do something. As it was, no one knew. Then one day we woke up to thousands of dead and floating fish. After the initial shock, we investigated and lo and behold the fish were all crappie. No bass, no pike, no sunfish just crappie. Mother Nature had sent a virus that just attacked the crappie population and in one fell swoop put the whole fish population back in its proper balance. Mother Nature can do a much better job of managing the environment without man’s interference in its delicate balance.

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

 

25 Apr

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EARTH DAY “COMMUNITY SPRING CLEAN” EVENT

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JOIN THE FUN…MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS AND HEAR FIRST HAND THE RESULT OF THE MOST COMPLETE & IN-DEPTH ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT ON MUSSELMAN’S LAKE. ALSO SURPRISE GUESTS WILL BE MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT.

Cedar Beach Park, Musselman’s Lake – Sat. April 26th, 2014 from 9am to noon. Rain or Shine! (please plan to bring your raincoat if necessary)

Yes, it’s that time again. Time to come out and “Spring Clean the Community”. Join the fun…meet your neighbours. Most Excellent Productions will once again be supplying music and entertainment to energize and enlighten you. There will be coffee, donuts and a BBQ lunch provided to those who help “Spring Clean The Community”. Councillor Phil Bannon has also arranged to have some free tree saplings available for volunteers to take home to plant.

Earth Day Special Guest
Cheryl Shindruk, Executive Vice-President of Land Development-Geranium Homes, Shauna Dudding, Vice- President of Land Development-Geranium Homes, Rick Wigmore, President-MLRA, Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson

Cheryl Shindruk, Executive Vice-President of Land Development-Geranium Homes, Shauna Dudding, Vice- President of Land Development-Geranium Homes, Rick Wigmore, President-MLRA, Dr. Neil Hutchinson. President-HESL. Councillor Phil Bannon

This year we are going to have a special guest at our Earth Day Event. Dr. Neil Hutchinson, Ph.D. President, Principal Aquatic Scientist Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. will be presenting to us the much anticipated Geranium Homes’ Sponsored Lake Environmental Report. This report is the most complete and in-depth environmental study of our jewel of a Lake that has ever been undertaken to date.

Dr. Neil Hutchinson is a highly qualified limnologist (a scientist who studies bodies of fresh water such as lakes and ponds with reference to their physical, geographical, biological and other features), who is well respected both locally and internationally.   We are estremly  lucky to have someone of his caliber not only prepare the Lake Environmental Report but also to present it to us personally at our Earth Day Event.

MLRA Earth Day Spring Clean Event

 

Earth Day - Great Family Fun

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY FROM LAST YEAR’S EVENT

Related Links

MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013

 

11 Apr

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COPPERSTONE UPDATE

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Geranium Homes Updates Residents

Upon seeing that site preparation was underway, the MLRA executive contacted Geranium Homes for an update regarding the Copperstone development on Lakeshore Road . Geranium Homes immediately addressed our concerns and supplied us this update for area residents.

Geranium Homes development update

Geranium Homes Community Update

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Now, The Big Geranium Homes Announcement
Developer Demonstrate Green, Community Awareness
Proposed Development

30 Oct

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TESTING COMPLETE

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Geranium Homes’ Sponsored Lake Report Will Be Completed Once Laboratory Results Are In.

Dr. Neil Hutchinson, Ph.D.
President, Principal Aquatic Scientist
Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd.

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HESL in depth report on Musselman’s Lake will soon be completed

Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. completed their last sampling of Musselman’s Lake on October 10, 2013. At that time the lake had cooled to a uniform 16Celsius at all depths. The uniform temperature and autumn winds produced the fall turnover – mixing the lake completely from top to bottom, restoring oxygen to all depths of the lake and ending the internal loading of phosphorus from lake sediments. We are now awaiting the return of all chemistry and algal species results from the laboratory and will write our report when all these results are back.