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A recent single page announcement from Renaissance Lac Brome was distributed around the town of Brome Lake trying to gather more support from residents to working together to help save the lake. The October 14th meeting which saw huge crowds pack the meeting hall to bring people and their ideas together was a catalyst bringing the group to new recognition and it seems a renewed sense of purpose.
They want to work with the experts and the Town to help repair and maintain the problems of the watershed which have resulted in blooms of blue green algae in the lake. Strict enforcement and monitoring of the lake are also needed as is the collaboration of all residents, businesses and farms in the watershed.
Renaissance Lac Brome also mentioned that despite rumors to the contrary, they have not formed an opinion on the desirability of stringent regulations for motor boats on the lake. It seems that one of the few concrete measures to help the lake brought forward by elected officials included limiting motor boat traffic on the lake but Renaissance Lac Brome has now distanced themselves from this action saying that more studies and consultations needed before restricting boats on the lake can be declared a viable solution. The regulations seem to be based upon the idea that motor boats stir-up sediments which ultimately will be detrimental to the lake water and may contribute to Algae Blooms. Studies in California and Vermont have determined that the real damage of motor boats is the two-stroke motors and their inefficiencies that lead to fuels and the chemical additives being released in to a lake. Four-stroke motors are recommended as they are more efficient…but perhaps having only canoes and kayaks on the lake would make more sense?
Skidooes on the lake must also deposit toxic residues in the snow which eventually leaks into the lake? Every year the ice-fishers drag their cabins onto the lake and inevitably one or two are left to sink into the lake. There are many example of the lake being taken for granted and Renaissance Lac Brome seems to be on the right track to organizing and proposing solutions.
James Wilkens offered some food for thought on the Eau Secours website and a list of concrete actions that he feels could be undertaken by the local government. The government seems intent to proceed with studies and consultations but hopefully they will work together with the private busineses and organizations in the area to come up with a plan where everyone plays a roll.
Renaissance Lac Brome is also asking for donations to help build a website and to fund their education and lobbying efforts. A regular membership is $25, a Silver Membership is $50 and a Gold Member is $100. Every man woman and child should be Gold Members at least!! One-hundred dollars is a pittance to the value of our lake! RLB should have people banging at their door willing to contribute thousands to help save the lake. Leaving the job of cleaning Lac Brome to the politicians will be like waiting for Rona Ambrosia to reduce greenhouse gasses…we'll all be dead by the time anything gets done!
The Eau Secours Website