Clear Lake Stewardship Association

Espanola's Clear Lake Stewardship Association

Where and Who We Are:

Clear Lake is located off Hwy 6 at the south end of Espanola Ont.  It is a small, quiet and picturesque lake with about 50 properties. The Lake is approximately1.5k long, .50k wide and 20m deep. 

Email:clscsecretary@hotmail.ca

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

 We are proud of our members, click HERE to see who belongs.

 

CLSA - WHAT WE DO

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.

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To see a complete copy of our By-Laws click  HERE .

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Click HERE to see the minutes of the May 2012 General Meeting and Apr 2012 - year end to see the Year End Treasurers Report.

And HERE for the Jun 2013 AGM

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Minutes of the Executive Council Meetings:   Jan 2014 

April 2014

July 2014

Sept 2014

Mar 2015

May 2015

Aug 2015

Nov 2015

Jan 2016      Feb 2016

April 2016

Oct 2016      

Nov 2016

Mar 2017

See BLOG posts for the rest of 2017 and 2018  Minutes

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Treasurers Reports:

Mar 2013 &Year End

March 2014 & Year End

Dec 2015 - YTD

Feb 2016 -YTD    

Mar 2016 & Yr End

Mar 2017 & Year End

See BLOG posts for 2018

 

Blog Posts

MID SUMMER

Posted by CLSA - Secretary on September 14, 2019 at 14:00 0 Comments

Well it looks like we skipped spring; we went from cool and rainy to hot and humid in what seemed a matter of days.  We are blessed, what better place to enjoy this unexpected weather than on our beautiful little lake.

The Clear Lake Stewardship Association is all about the water and preserving the natural environment but outside that mandate we are more than that – we are a community.  It is in our best interests as a community to preserve and protect the water we drink, the water we play in, the water we bathe in, the water we fish in.  So, our community welcomes Andre and Charlene and (belatedly) Gerry and Keri who have moved to our lake to share our paradise.  

This might be the perfect time to remind those who have not gotten their membership fees in to do so – you know who you are.  Lots are enjoying the simplicity of an etransfer, but we still love cash and cheques.

Now for some News:

The water sampling team was back out in late June and all parameters are well within acceptable limits.  The phosphorus levels in the west end have stabilized and are once again where we expect them to be.  The July survey will be completed this week and I will certainly let you know if anything changes.

We have two baby loons this season! Let’s make sure we give mommy and daddy loon plenty of room while they have their offspring in loon school.  Loon populations are dwindling so we must be extra diligent and not disturb them.  Let’s give them the best possible chance to flourish so if you see them out and about give them as wide a berth as possible and please slow down if you are motorized.

If you haven’t noticed there is lots of activity at the beach this year.  The Town of Espanola and the Lions Club have made it possible for supervised swimming during the afternoons (Mon-Fri) during the month of July.  And, they have lots of other activities happening too.  How awesome to see the beach utilized that way.  The other day I was over…

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SPRING?

Posted by CLSA - Secretary on June 14, 2019 at 11:00 0 Comments

I mean seriously - spring is late, cool and wet.....the upside is we shouldn't have bush fire worries - at least in the short term....the downside - well it is cool and wet.  But, then again we have enjoyed a few wonderfully warm days as well and summer is still to be had.
The team has completed the first water sampling of the season.  Most parameters are looking good - the temperature through out the water column was fairly consistent suggesting the lake was flipping.  The dissolved oxygen rates were also looking fine. However, the phosphorus levels in the west end of the lake are alarmingly high...hopefully we can put it down to the inordinate amount of runoff this year (all that snow melted and had to go somewhere),  as well as the rain - all  of which equals nutrients entering the lake.  Another factor could be that the lake appeared to be flipping when we sampled,  meaning nutrients in the water from decomposing matter on the bottom have moved to the surface.
Although none of that explains why the east end phosphorus levels were well within  the acceptable range while the west was not.
So, we have a bit of a mystery on our hands...we will keep you posted as more data becomes available.
For those of you who have submitted your memberships for this season - Thank you. 
For those of you who have not please consider…
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Clear Lake Stewardship Association is a social network

Best Practices:

IClick Shoreline Owners Guide to Healthy Waterfronts for detailed  information

1. Establish and/or expand buffer zones. Click HERE to learn more

2. Don't use fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

3. Get septic systems pumped  out regularly.

4. Use phosphate free and biodegradable soaps and cleaning products

5. Insure no gas and/or oil enters the lake

6. Make no wake

7. Be a good Neighbour and good Steward - be considerate of your environment- be aware of your actions and the impact you are having on what surrounds you.

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Blue Green Algae

Click HERE to read all about Blue Green Algae - a very informative and balanced document.

Click HERE , HERE ,and HERE   to read the Letter and Fact sheets supplied by the Sudbury and District Health Unit.

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MILFOIL

 To learn about Eurasian milfoil Click HERE

To read the 2009 progress report  click HERE

To read the 2012 report about the milfoil in Clear Lake Click HERE. 

To read the 2013 report click HERE

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Water Survey Results

To look at the detail 2009-2018 water testing/survey results go

HERE

To look at a summary report of the 2009-2017 water testing/survey results go

HERE

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Know your limit and fish within it.

To discover fishing limits and seasons in our zone (10) go  HERE

If you suspect someone is overfishing REPORT IT doing nothing condones it!

Mitch Turcott
CO, Espanola Area
Desk : 705-869-5246
Cell: 705-869-7862
Email: mitch.turcott@ontario.ca

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To find out what happens if there is a traffic accident that creates a spill that threatens the lake- click  HERE

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