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+ 2019-04-15 - LRPOA Executive Shuffle
Steve Westman has stepped down from the LRPOA Road 5 Directors position. Thank you Steve for your invaluable contributions and dedication. Pat Mulhern has moved into the Vice President position, filling this vacancy, and providing transitional support for the new President. John Stadtlander has been promoted from Road 4 Director, to LRPOA President. The executive would like to thank Pat Mulhern for his many years of leadership and dedication, and also congratulate John Stadtlander on his promotion to President!
+ 2018-12-24 - The Mylie Group Donation for Shoreline Restoration Project
Angie Reeves of The Mylie Group, has donated over $1,100 in support of LRPOA programs around the lakes. These funds were raised at her neighbourhood summer BBQ event, and will specifically help with the Shoreline Restoration Project. Thanks for your generous donation and the kick start funding for this important program.
+ 2018-12-12 - The Kirstine Group Donates Labour Day Proceeds to LRPOA
The Kirstine Group's Annual Lake Party, held at Lake Rosalind on Labour Day weekend 2018, had a great turn-out and was enjoyed by everyone in attendance. $1,500 was raised during the event, which was generously donated to the Lake Association to aid in the on-going care program for the lake, which includes improvements and water testing.
Pat Mulhern, LRPOA President, reported "The money will be a big help with our water quality monitoring and other maintenance expenses."
+ 2018-06-24 - LRPOA Welcomes Diana Goodwin as Board Secretary
The LRPOA would like to welcome Diana Goodwin to the board and the executive team. Diana has agreed to take over the Board Secretary position.
+ 2018-04-25 - Brockton Council Approves Funding for 2018 Water Testing
The Brockton council has approved a $2,000 grant to help offset costs of the LRPOA and Marl Lake water testing costs for the 2018 calendar year. The LRPOA and Water Committee prefer to operate their own water testing procedures using trained volunteers to ensure fast and cost effective collection of water samples can continue through 2018. This approach doesn't involve any government agencies or added administration; water samples are submitted directly to certified water testing laboratories.
LRPOA President Pat Mulhern welcomes Brockton's support. He goes on to say "We would like to thank you (Brockton Council) for your support and approval of the motion to help fund our water monitoring programs. The funds will be of great assistance in carrying out our plan to improve and monitor the water quality at Lake Rosalind and Marl Lake."
+ 2018-04-02 - Water Committee Education Fair - Save the Date Saturday April 28th, 2018
Please join the Lake Rosalind / Marl Lake Water Committee for the first Education Fair. For full details please click here.
+ 2017-10-12 - Fall Leaf Collection - Lake Rosalind & Marl Lake (Monday Oct 30 & Nov 13)
The Municipality will be collecting leaves from Lake Rosalind and Marl Lake residents on Monday, October 30th, 2017 and Monday November 13th, 2017. Leaves MUST be placed inside biodegradable kraft paper waste bags (plastic bags will not be accepted) and placed at curbside by no later than 7:00 a.m. for collection.
+ 2017-09-30 - Microcystin Water Test Results
On Monday September 25 ,2017 we collected samples from lakes 1 & 2 to test for toxin levels. Lake 1 tested at 0.282µg/L and lake 2 tested at 0.508µg/L. Drinking water standard is 1.50µg/L and recreational standard is 20.0µg/L.
We recommend that people who are using the lake for recreational purposes do not swim or allow your children or pets to play in areas that have a visible algae scum. We do not recommend that anyone use the Lake as a drinking water souce.
This will be the final toxin test for this year.
+ 2017-09-01 - Microcystin Water Test Results
On August 29 the lake association took representative water samples from both lakes 1 and 2 and sent them for Microcystin testing. The results were received today. Lake 1 results were 0.801µg/L, and Lake 2 results were 1.25µg/L. The drinking water standard is 1.50µg/L and recreation use is 20.0µg/L. The lake association does not recommend drinking water from the lakes and if you are using the water for recreation, please avoid areas where there are any traces of algae scum.
+ 2017-08-27 - LRPOA Email Notifications
Residents have requested an email notification service to receive timely lake updates from your LRPOA committee. We are pleased to report that this email notification service will begin this fall. If you have previously provided your email contact information to your road director, then you are already on the list. Keep an eye out for an initial welcome/test email early in September. Otherwise, if you are a resident, and would like to receive email updates, please click here to complete the sign-up form. Please reach out to your road director if you have any questions or require any assistance with the service.
+ 2017-08-02 - Water Quality Update #2
The last few days have seen a drastic reduction in clarity of the lake. On Monday (July 31) the water clarity was at 4.5m, down from 6.2m last week, and larger Blue-Green algae scums were noticed at various locations in the morning. This morning (Tuesday) the scums were prominent and moved around all day with wind shifts and calm periods. The water temperature is up and the algae is reproducing at a very high rate.
It is important at this time that you check a swimming area for scums before allowing young children to go for a swim or pets to drink from the lake (especially in early morning). The B-G algae scums do move and are unpredictable with changing winds and currents. When surface scums are absent swimming should be safe with the present water clarity.
Residents who draw water from the lake should check and change filters more often, or increase the backwash frequency of the larger filters.
Drinking water from any lake is not recommended and this is especially true if B-G algae blooms are present.
Everyone needs to be on the lookout for the scums on their shoreline and make informed decisions on how they will use the lake.
Water testing for toxins will be initiated by the Association if water clarity decreases more and there is an increase in the scums around the lake.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
+ 2017-07-27 - July Water Report & Observations
This spring we had very clear water (over 11.6 m) and a Cladophora bloom. Cladophora is a nuisance algae that can form large “cloud like” masses that are a lime green colour on lake bottoms. These “clouds” will break away and float to the surface and drift to shore. You probably noticed them floating around. If you pick them up you will notice that they are made of fine hair-like structures. It is a type of filamentous algae that causes odour problems along the Great Lakes where the large mats are driven up on shore and decay. Last week the Cladophora stopped growing and started to disappear. The very back lakes are virtually free of it and the other lakes are starting to clear. This is an algae that prefers cooler water so as our lake warms, it will stop growing and organisms that live along a natural shoreline will feed on the algae cleaning it all up.
I have noticed some B-G algae the last few weeks. B-G algae is visible after a calm night and will drift into small coves and protected areas as the wind picks up and moves it toward shore. It is nowhere near the amounts that we had last year and forms a slight film on the water. I would recommend that you check your area before having a pet drink from the lake, especially in the morning following a calm night when the B-G algae can float to the surface and then get concentrated as it is blown towards a shoreline.
Last week I observed a film of B-G algae in the early morning and within 10 minutes the wind came up and it disappeared and mixed in the water column. This was a thin film and not a thicker scum. Remember B-G algae are present in all lakes. Only when the amounts get out of control and toxins are released does it becomes a health hazard.
Presently we have a small amount of B-G algae with water clarity of 6.2 m. The clarity is very good for this time of the year, especially after the amount of rain this summer and the torrential down pour of last week.
I have just returned from a tour of Lake Rosalind and they are enjoying the same conditions as we are at Marl Lake. Their back lakes are very clear with no signs of Cladophora. There were some tiny films of B-G algae present (like in our lake) but you had to look for it in tiny protected bays out of the wind and currents.
Where do we go from here? We will do toxin tests if conditions deteriorate (thick scums and poor water clarity). Last year at this time we had water clarity 3X worse with scums visible daily.
The problem, as I see it, is the Zebra Mussels which are still very present in our lake. They filter out all the good algae and plankton making the water very clear in the spring. This clear water allows the sunlight to reach deeper and algae like Cladophora can blanket the bottom. The Zebra mussels do not eat the species of B-G algae that is in our lake so there is no competition for space or food from the other algae and the B-G algae thrive. The droppings from the Zebra Mussels increase types of soluble phosphates that the B-G algae can use to grow...the perfect storm!
+ 2017-04-22 - Healthy Lakes and Inland Watercourses Public Information Session
The Grey Bruce Health Unit, in partnership with the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, will be hosting a public information session about healthy lakes and rivers. The session is open to the public and is scheduled for Thursday, May 4th at 5:45pm. It is being hosted at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. For complete details, read the media release here.
+ 2017-04-13 - 2017 Road Paving Plans
Councillor Chris Oberle reports the 2017 Capital Budget contains approvals for paving several lake roads. Specifically, Roads 1, 2 and 6 are scheduled for paving in 2017. This is the 2017 portion of Brockton's plans for ongoing road improvement and upgrades for the lake area.
+ 2016-12-03 - Grey Bruce Health Unit Rescinds Blue-Green Algae Advisory for Marl Lakes
Read Grey Bruce Health Unit's press release here.
+ 2016-11-22 - Brockton Council Passes By-Law Prohibiting Feeding of Waterfoul and Seagulls on Municipal Land
Read Brockton's press release here.
+ 2016-10-08 - New Canada Post Mailboxes
Brockton Councillor Steven Adams has been working with Canada Post representatives on the replacement and upgrade to the community mailboxes. His efforts are about to pay off. Canada Post has confirmed that new mailboxes are scheduled for installation later the year, likely before the end of October. Thank you Steven Adams for your continued support with this project.
+ 2016-10-07 - Fall Leaf Collection - Lake Rosalind & Marl Lake (Monday Oct 17 & 31)
The Municipality will be collecting leaves from Lake Rosalind and Marl Lake residents on Monday, October 17th, 2016 and Monday October 31, 2016. Leaves MUST be placed inside biodegradable kraft paper waste bags (plastic bags will not be accepted) and placed at curbside by no later than 7:00 a.m. for collection. LRPOA would like to thank Brockton council for this continued service improvement.
+ 2016-06-19 - LRPOA Executive Act on Mute Swan Problems
The resident Mute Swan family have increased their attacks on people. These conflicts have increased to the point where action must be taken for safety reasons. Mute Swans are very large and powerful birds capable of causing serious injury to people and pets. Residents are encouraged to always maintain a very large distance between the swans and themselves, and to never approach the swans or feed them.
Mute Swans are not native to Canada, and as such are considered an invasive species. To learn more, please review the Environment Canada attachments regarding the Mute Swan and the General Information on the Migratory Bird Danger Permit.
Acting on the safety concerns and the fact that these species are invasive, the LRPOA Executive are now proceeding with an application to remove the Swans from the lake. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact either Peter McEwen or Steve Westman (see contacts page).
Mute Swan Information
Damage Or Danger - Information Sheet
+ 2016-06-09 - Bags Tags at Landfill
At the Brockton Council meeting on June 6 in Cargill, Brockton council passed the following motion:
12.7 Amend Fees and Charges - Landfill
That the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Brockton amend Schedule C to the Fees and Charges By Law 2016-090 as follows:
"Minumum charge (at landfill) $10.00 (**not applicable if garbage is in bags and bags are tagged)"
+ 2016-05-16 - Mute Swan Family Photos
The Lake Rosalind swans are happy to announce the arrival their 4 beautiful cygnets. They hatched in mid-May on the north island.
Pictures courtesy of Bill Dallner
+ 2016-05-03 - Lake Road Resurfacing & Fall Leaf Pickup
Brockton council has approved the resurfacing of Marl Lake road 8 this summer. The roads department has plans to resurface all lake roads with hot mix within five years. Road 5 will receive a single surface treatment this year to hold it over until hot mix is applied.
A decision is expected to be made soon regarding the possible installation of three intersection lights. These intersections include Road 1, Road 8, and Roads 4 & 7.
Last year's fall leaf pickup program was proven successful. As a result of last year's uptake, this service will be continued again in 2016 and for future years.
+ 2015-10-24 - Brockton Seeks Input on Taxes / Services Balance
The municipality of Brockton will be hosting a series of community open houses. These meetings are being held to collect input so that they may taylor the services with the associated taxes, ensuring the best balance is achieved. Lake Rosalind residents are urged to attend the meeting on Saturday, November 7th at the Saugeen Municipal Airport to submit their input to this important initiative.
Brockton Services Review Open House Invitation
+ 2015-10-05 - Fall Leaf Collection - Lake Rosalind & Marl Lake
The Municipality will be collecting leaves in Lake Rosalind and Marl Lake on Monday, October 19th, 2015 and Monday October 26, 2015. Leaves MUST be placed inside biodegradable kraft paper waste bags (plastic bags will not be accepted) and placed at curbside by no later than 7:00 a.m. for collection. LRPOA would like to thank Brockton council for this service improvement initiative.
+ 2015-09-09 - Welcome New LRPOA Executives
We would like to welcome Alysa Beirnes as Secretary. In addition, would would also like to welcome our newest Road Directors, both Morris Lobsinger and Amy-Rose Wilson are joining the team as new Road 4 Directors.
+ 2015-06-28 - LRPOA Welcomes New Directors
A recent call for additional volunteer LRPOA directors has been heard. We would like to welcome John McDougall and Peter McEwen as the newest road directors. In addition to Road Directors, the LRPOA is actively seeking individuals who are interested in one of the vacant positions, "Secretary" or "Vice President". We would like to extend a very special thank you to Laurie Symonds for her years of service as secretary.
+ 2014-05-21 - Water Study Meeting Saturday May 24th
Both Marl Lake and Lake Rosalind residents are invited to attend the Water Study meeting at the Walkerton Water Centre on Saturday, May 24th at 1:00pm. Presentations will feature results of the water study conducted on both lakes in 2013. Speakers will give suggestions for the future in terms of maintaining the lakes in a clean and healthy state. Additionally, other topics will be discussed that relate to our lakes. The Department of Health will also be represented.
Please also mark your calendars for the LRPOA Annual General Meeting for June 8th at 1:00pm. This meeting will be held at the Lions Den of the P & H Centre in Hanover. Results of the Water Study will be recapped, and Brockton Council members have been invited.
+ 2013-06-28 - LRPOA Purchase of Lake 2 Completed
In late 2012, the LRPOA negotiated a Purchase Agreement with Jonathan Klinck to purchase the second lake. Completing this land transfer required the completion of a complex survey of the entire second lake shoreline. Year round residents witnessed the survey progress over the winter months. The frozen lake aided the survey process by providing a solid surface from which the entire shorline could be accessed easily. This purchase was completed June 28, 2013 which resulted in the LRPOA owning the Lake in one contiguous parcel from the causway to the end of the channel entering the back lakes.
+ 2013-05-21 - LRPOA Awarded $25,000 Grant
The province of Ontario launched "The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund" to support the ecological health of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence basin. The purpose is to provide support to local community groups to help preserve or restore their own corner of the Great Lakes. Since our lakes qualify as headwater to the Great Lakes, we were successful in obtaining a $25,000 grant. These funds will be used for extensive water testing, developing long term plans, and education programs to help us protect the Lakes. This grant would not have been possible without the assistance of the Walkerton Water Centre and the Municipality of Brockton.
+ 2012-10-01 - Application to Sever Second Lake Bed
An application for consent to sever the second lake bed has been submitted to the approval authority for the County of Bruce as detailed below:
View the application here.
+ 2012-05-14 - Swans Make Lake Rosalind Their Home
It has been many years since the residents of our lake have had the pleasure of watching a loon family raising their young, but this past summer we had a new family making a home here.
On April 14, 2011, Lake Rosalind residents had two Mute Swans visit our lake and within a week they were nesting on the small island at the north end. The female did not venture far or often from the island and her six eggs, while the male was very busy keeping the geese from coming too close to their nest.
After much anticipation by many of the residents, 5 of the 6 eggs hatched on June 4th. Unfortunately, on June 7th, the first of four loses to the family came as one of the young was discovered dead in the nest. The second loss came on June 22nd, when a snapping turtle did some major damage to the young one's leg and it did not survive.
On July 4th, a third cygnet met with tragedy as a mink snuck out from under a dock, grabbed it and carried it away.
By mid October, the two remaining young were flying with the parents which was a sight to see. On approximately December 20th, the smallest of the young was chased away and tormented by the rest of the family, which is something that occurs as the young mature and food supplies dwindle. On December 24th, the smaller of the remaining 2 sygnets was very weak and was captured and relocated to the Sulphur Springs Conservation Park, where unfortunately it died about a week later.
By January 7th, 2012, there was very little open water left for the birds to feed. On January 14th, the remaining three swans left the lake.
The 2 adult swans have returned to Lake Rosalind in the Spring of 2012. Upon arrival, they socialized with familiar lake residents and have begun to nest on the North Island. It will be interesting to watch their family grow once again with another summer ahead of them.
By Bill Dallner
+ 2011-06-03 - Notice of Public Meeting June 16 - Back Lake Rezoning Application
Take notice that a public meeting will be held on Thursday June 16, 2011 at 10:15am by the Bruce County Agriculture, Tourism and Planning Committee in the County of Bruce Administration Centre, Council Chambers, 30 Park Street, Walkerton, Ontario, in order consider the application to amend the Bruce County Official Plan.
Residents are urged to attend this meeting to ensure their opinions are known. Please see the three pages below which outline the rezoning application.
+ 2011-05-06 - Lake Rosalind web site is launched
The Lake Rosalind Property Owners Association (LRPOA) is proud to launch this new web site. It will play an important role in delivering timely communications to the residents of Lake Rosalind. The site will also serve as an archive to host historical pictures and articles about the lake.
If you have any comments or suggestions, or would like to submit additional content, please contact your road director.
+ 2011-05-02 - Brockton Buzz - Special Edition
+ 2010-11-28 - Light Airplane Crashes into Lake Claiming Pilot
A two-seater ultralight airplane destined for the Hanover Municipal Airport has crashed into Lake Rosalind. The 72 year old pilot, identified as John Davidson from Stoney Creek, Ontario, did not survive the incident. Witnesses had noticed the plane experiencing difficulty while in the air. The plane crashed approximately 40ft from shore and sunk below the surface mere moments after impact.
The airplane was a 1979 model Zenair Zenith Ch200 with two seats and was not equipped to land on water.
+ 2010-10-28 - Early Morning Fire Claims Two Cottages on Lake Rosalind
An early morning fire has claimed two lake front cottages on Lake Rosalind. There were no injuries as a result of the blaze as both cottages were vacant at the time. The cottage addresses are 489 and 491 on Road 4.