Fundraising campaign for the purchase and installation of synthetic tarpaulins

Friends of the lake: Let’s act now, and let’s do it together to protect our lakes from the Eurasian watermilfoil infestation! We have solutions; we have an intervention team made up of volunteers; we have support from multiple levels of government.... We need your help to raise funds toward the purchase of reusable synthetic tarpaulins.

Your donation is a big part of the solution.

 

Eurasian watermilfoil, a problem well rooted at the bottom of our lake:

Biologists from the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs have made their determination: Petit lac des Cèdres is infested with Eurasian watermilfoil over an area of approximately 14,000 square metres. That’s the equivalent of three football fields. Before the situation deteriorates any further, and before Grand lac des Cèdres becomes contaminated, it is important to intervene as quickly and as forcefully as possible. Vincent Gagné, a scientist at Université Laval, is a subject matter expert and he states that "The earlier the plant's reproduction is slowed, the better chance at success in controlling its propagation." He has noticed that, in several Quebec lakes, when the plant spreads beyond a certain level, it becomes almost impossible to limit its spread. The fate of our lakes is up to us: when considering the results of the inventories, the experts state that it is not too late to intervene in our Cedar lakes.

 

A very real concern for property owners on the Cedar lakes:

This is not just about the environmental concerns. In fact, the spread of Eurasian watermilfoil gives rise to significant social and economic problems. The weedbeds become a real nightmare for residents who want to enjoy the lake, go for a swim or do water sports. An infestation of Eurasian watermilfoil can also reduce the appeal of properties on affected lakes.

 

Hope on the horizon ... the installation of synthetic tarpaulins:

Consultation with experts at Université Laval, as well as trials carried out on other lakes in Quebec, lead to the conclusion that the use of synthetic tarps yields excellent results. For example, at Lac des Abénaquis, four years of interventions with synthetic tarps and manual uprooting have reduced the weedbeds by over 75%!

The technique consists of unrolling these tarps on entire weedbeds and anchoring them on the bottom of the lake with metal rods. The tarps stunt the growth of the plants while allowing the flow of gases. The rods ensure that the tarps remain well wedged on the bottom of the lake. The use of synthetic tarps allows us to rotate them between the various weedbeds from year to year. The tarps are installed at the start of the season, removed after eight to 10 weeks, and then cleaned and stored.

Please consult the page Battle for control of Eurasian watermilfoil in Cedar lakes to better understand the role of synthetic tarps and the approach proposed by the APLC.

 

Fundraising campaign to buy synthetic tarps:

To carry out a project with the objective of reducing the area of the weedbeds by 90%, the Board of the APLC estimates that it would take $24,000 of funding, in addition to the help from the municipality. Among other things, this sum would make it possible to buy the tarps, install them and store them over the next five years. Where do your donations go? We invite you to review project budget details to understand how the funds are being used.

 

Friends of the lake: Let’s act now and let’s do it together to protect our lake against Eurasian watermilfoil infestation!

 

Make a donation! Our goal is $24,000. We will update you regularly on the progress of our fundraising campaign.
There are many ways you can help with the control of Eurasian watermilfoil and the purchase of the tarps. You have these options:

  • Donation in memory of … Commemorate the life of a relative, loved one or family, to honour and perpetuate their memory by protecting the environment of our lakes. If you wish, we can publish a short text on the Commemoration page of our website about the person or family whose life you wish to celebrate.
  • Personal donation … By supporting the APLC, you are taking concrete action to ensure a future where we can all enjoy the lakes in harmony with the environment.

Go to the Donation page

You can also participate in the fundraising campaign by informing your friends and family who regularly benefit from holidays on Grand lac des Cèdres and Petit lac des Cèdres. They will surely want to help us in our mission to reduce the Eurasian watermilfoil by 90% through the purchase of tarps.