Espanola's Clear Lake Stewardship Association
We are a member of the Federation of Ontario Cottages' Association. Click here HERE to go to the FOCA web-site.
For more information about the Town of Espanola click HERE
To learn about the Zoning By-Laws relevant to Waterfront properties click HERE
We are proud of our members, click HERE to see who belongs.
The Clear Lake Stewardship Association (CLSA) area of interest is the Clear Lake basin.
We strive to protect the environmental health of Clear Lake for use by the community and as a natural habitat. The CLSA aids in the regeneration and sustainability of Clear Lake through monitoring, education and communication.
The CLSA works in partnership with the town of Espanola, the property owners and the residents of Clear Lake and all levels of government to promote good stewardship practices.
The CLSA has established an executive that meets on a regular basis and holds general meetings at appropriate intervals.
To see a complete copy of our By-Laws click HERE .
And HERE for the Jun 2013 AGM
Minutes of the Executive Council Meetings: Jan 2014
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First, I want to extend a warm welcome to the newest members of our community. Welcome Mark & Vicky, Mark & Barbara and Ellen & Monika – I know you are going to love this little slice of paradise we call home.
Let’s start with the good news; which is a bad news good news story in and of its self. An inordinate amount of activity had been noticed in and around Loon Island this nesting season. Loon populations are in decline and two of the many reasons are nest disturbance and nest swamping. The nest, if disturbed, can be abandoned and the nest being swamped – usually by wake from boats - can destroy the eggs. Last year our loons were not successful procreating and we want to do everything possible to increase the likelihood of offspring this year. We are seeing more guests on the water carrying small boats, canoes and kayaks across the beach which is all fine and dandy but we want to make sure they are aware of the loon nesting site so they do not inadvertently disturb it. So, an ad hoc committee researched methods to alert boaters/people that ask them to stay clear of the nesting site. After completing the research, then engineering, spending volunteer time and money two buoys have been deployed around the island. Signage at the beach and on the island itself is also planned. The hope is people will respect the signs and give the loons the space and protection they require. Let’s cross our fingers & toes and trust that loon school will commence in August.
On to the bad news – blue green algae. Two days ago the water was beautifully clear; yesterday the water column was full of algae. And when the green ribbons of algae appear on the surface it is likely to be blue green algae. Like most living organisms - heat (which we have had plenty of) light (also of abundance) and nutrients (from rain runoff – do I have to mention that large water sucking up buffers zones are the single best way to prevent that)…Continue