Volunteer seniors from the Turtleford School (L to R) students Josh Bouvier, Ashley Olson, Alex Keen and Ian Skinner) will be out on Turtle Lake during February and March conducting the second year of a survey of people who use the ice surface. These students will be conducting research on behalf of the Turtle Lake Watershed Inc. to determine the nature and degree to which winter activities on the ice could impact water quality and the shoreline ecosytem. The research is one of a number of projects the TLWI has planned for 2010 and it will be used to develop future educational materials and programs. People participating in the survey will be given a complementary pocket calendar full of valuable information on a variety of environment and wildlife topics.
New signs are being placed at boat launches and beaches around Turtle Lake reminding people to avoid activities such as washing ATV's and other vehicles at the boat launches. The silt and turbidity impacts the health of fish and other aquatic life. The signs also discourage the use of soap, shampoo and detergents in the lake. This includes the products touted as "biodegradable" . Let's face it everything is biodegradable given a long enough time period.
The signs will adjust there message for ice fishers and snowmobilers during the winter months.
The Turtle Lake Clean Up is an annual event where residents from the resort hamlets around the lake pitch in and remove garbage and other non-natural materials from the shoreline. Each hamlet representative will be notifying local residents of the day and time of their work bee. This year the clean up is scheduled for the week of June 29 - July 4, 2009. Watch for posters on your local bulletin board.
The 2009 Turtle Lake Watershed Inc. annual general meeting will be held Saturday, July 18, 2009, 10:00 A.M. - Noon at the Turtle Lake Mission. Watch this website and local bulletin boards for details.
( L to R )Students Evan Pavka, Hannah Warrington and Carlie Tollifson are shown in the photo above with their Guidance Councilor, Nancy Range receiving a commemorative plaque from TLWI President Merv Swanson.
If you were out on Turtle Lake in February or March these volunteer students may have stopped by to find out what you know about keeping the lake free from contamination. These students have been conducting research on behalf of the Turtle Lake Watershed Inc. to determine the nature and degree to which winter activities on the ice could impact water quality and the shoreline ecosytem. The research is one of a number of projects the TLWI has planned for 2009 and it will be used to develop future educational materials and programs.
The students will also be building frames to house informational signs that will be placed at boat launches and public beaches around the lake this summer. The signs will have specific messages to remind winter and summer lake users of activities to avoid in or near the water. A big thanks from the TLWI board and everyone who enjoys the pristine waters and shorelines at Turtle Lake.
For More Information Contact:
Nancy Range, Secretary Treasurer 306-845-2985
Internet: Turtle Lake Watershed Inc.