Monday January 27, 2020

Blue Green Algae Alert from CHA

We received an email from CHA today about blue green algae in our region’s lakes.  It notes: As you may be aware there have been multiple reports of Blue Green Algae on lakes across Haliburton County this month. There has also been a change that you and your members need to know about. This (attached) […]

The science of our lakes – water quality analysis from our Lake Partner Program

Debbie Balika, a local biologist and former HHLPOA director, has done an analysis of water transparency and phosphorus content for us (see the attached slides).  Why are these important to cottagers?  Water transparency is monitored periodically throughout the spring, summer and fall as an early indicator of algal blooms or the presence of invasive species.  […]

Water Quality Working Group update

From Debbie Balika: This past weekend the Water Quality Working Group (WQWG) experienced a wet, but successful water quality data collection on each of our lakes. Our data collection included a dissolved oxygen depth profile on each lake.         We also collected plankton (free floating organisms within the water column) samples at 3 […]

Water quality and what we’re doing about it

Your HHLPOA Water Quality Working Group has been hard at work this summer. We have been able to organize data collection teams on all three lakes. We will continue our participation in the Lake Partner Program (, in addition to performing Dissolved Oxygen testing and implementing an Invasive Species monitoring program provided by the Ontario […]

Invasive species – what to do?

FOCA has some suggestions for prevention of the spread of invasive species in our lakes & in the woods: –       Report a suspected sighting of an invasive species to 1-800-563-7711. –       Participate in the FOCA Lake Association Invasive Species Monitoring Program. –       Use non-invasive plants in your cottage gardens and consult the Grow Me Instead […]

Proposed Hydro Project at Buttermilk Falls

An article recently appeared in the Minden Times describing a proposed hydro project at Buttermilk Falls.  This article is attached so you can read the details, however the Association Board has met to discuss the situation.  We have decided to form a sub-committee, led by Rick Ronchka, to ensure we have focus on this project […]

Giant Hogweed – this stuff is NASTY!

This past weekend I attended the Annual General Meeting for the Coalition of Haliburton Associations.  There were many interesting topics covered, but there was one thing I wanted to draw your attention to right away.  There was a presentation done on various types of “invaders” and one in particular jumped out at me – Giant […]

Secchi Readings – Measuring our Water Clarity

The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MOEE) monitors Ontario’s recreational lakes in partnership with cottagers and residents. The goal of the Lake Partner Program is to create a valuable, long-term database to evaluate the nutrient status of Ontario’s inland lakes. The lakes’ nutrient status will reflect land use changes in the watershed and assist in […]