NEWS

February 11, 2019

AERATION / WATER CIRCULATION UNIT FOR SANDY LAKE BEACH AREA

Sandy Lake Water Protection Working Group Inc. requests $7,000 from the Municipality of Harrison Park to purchase and install an aeration / water circulation unit at Sandy Lake’s Main Street dock and beach area.

The Sandy Lake experiences algae blooms in the summer when the water warms up.  Occasionally these blooms pose a health risk to humans and pets.  The Province of Manitoba has signs posted at the Main Street dock & beach area indicating the risk.

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September 3, 2018

SPECIAL SERVICES AREA PLAN

The Friends of Sandy Lake AIS Committee (now “Sandy Lake Water Protection Working Group Inc.”) needs your help to encourage the Council of Harrison Park to move forward with a “Special Area Service Plan”.

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August 28, 2018

SANDY LAKE WATER PROTECTION WORKING GROUP REQUESTS COUNCIL PROCEED WITH A “SPECIAL SERVICE AREA PLAN"

A summary of the work done to date was given.  The Water Protection Group then requested council restart the process to implement a "Special Service Rate" that would cover the operating costs of watercraft inspections at the Main Street boat launch.

Presentation Material

June 26, 2018

FRIENDS OF SANDY LAKE TO PRESENT A PETITION TO COUNCIL OF HARRISON PARK

Friends of Sandy Lake has circulated a petition asking council to support additional Local AIS protective measures. 

The petition was signed by 300+ individuals. 


Council of Harrison Park granted our requests at their June 26th meeting. 

Petition & Presentation material...

May 15, 2018

FRIENDS OF SANDY LAKE MAKES PRESENTATION FOR SUPPORT (RE: MOTION 143/2017)

Motion 143/2017: The Municipality of Harrison Park support all interested parties in the Municipality, in preventing the spread of zebra mussels into the Municipality, through education, signage, and voluntary inspections.

The Council of Harrison Park agreed to support Friends of Sandy Lake ...

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February 20, 2018

FRIENDS OF SANDY LAKE MAKES PRESENTATION FOR AIS INSPECTORS AT SANDY LAKE

This presentation is based on Council's motion 143/2017 and is requesting permission for locating a small shed to house Local AIS Inspectors near the main dock at Sandy Lake.  Council indicated they would not move forward with additional AIS Protection measures until after the Province of Manitoba announced their 2018 AIS Program.

January 10, 2018

NEWS REGARDING THE “SPECIAL SERVICES AREA PLAN“ FOR SANDY LAKE

This article gives a history of the activities of the Committee on AIS as it relates to the Special Services Area Plan starting with the Proposal presented to the Council of Harrison Park on October 31, 2017.


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January 9, 2018

PRESENTATION TO CONTINUE WITH AIS REQUESTS

Friends of Sandy Lake made another presentation to Council clarifying the previous presentation of October 31 and emphasizing the economic impact that a zebra mussel invasion would have on the Sandy Lake community and the necessity of the extra protection that should be put in place by the community with the assistance of the municipality.

The following documents were presented at the Council meeting on January 9, 2018:

  1. Presentation Outline Jan 9

  2. Powerpoint presentation

December 22, 2017

PROPOSED MEASURES TO PROTECT SANDY LAKE FROM AIS

The Friends of Sandy Lake committee on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) made a presentation to the Council of Harrison Park on October 31, 2017 asking for assistance to help us protect Sandy Lake. 

The proposal presented to Council is to:

  1. Restrict boat launching activity to the main dock at Sandy Lake and 

  2. Operate an AIS inspection station there. 


Boaters wanting to launch their watercraft into Sandy Lake would be approached by a provincially trained AIS Inspector. The Inspector would ask questions about the watercraft and get permission to inspect the boat in order to determine if it can be launched into Sandy Lake or if it must be decontaminated. 

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December 12, 2017

LAKE, CAMPGROUND IN RIDING MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK CLOSED AFTER DISCOVERY OF ZEBRA MUSSEL DNA

In December 2017, environmental DNA evidence of zebra mussels were found in Whirlpool Lake in Riding Mountain National Park. Environmental DNA are microscopic genetic traces that an organism leaves behind as it moves through an environment. The lake and campground area are now closed until further notice as a precautionary measure. 


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December 12, 2017

HARRISON PARK COUNCIL PUTS FRIENDS OF SANDY LAKE AIS REQUESTS ON HOLD

The Council of the Municipality passed the following resolution at their December 12, 2017 meeting:

Whereas Administration has begun to prepare a special service area plan for AIS specifically for the properties in and around Sandy Lake and;

whereas council has reviewed the information prepared to date;

Therefore be it resolved that the special service area plan for the AIS, specifically for the properties in and around Sandy Lake be tabled until such time as the Province of Manitoba commits to an effective AIS prevention strategy for western Manitoba.

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November 21, 2017

FRIENDS OF SANDY LAKE MAKES PRESENTATION FOR AN AIS DECONTAMINATION STATION AT SANDY LAKE

The Friends of Sandy Lake committee on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) made a presentation to the Council of Harrison Park regarding  housing an AIS decontamination station in a building owned by the municipality at Sandy Lake.

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October 31, 2017

FRIENDS OF SANDY LAKE MAKES PRESENTATION FOR AIS INSPECTORS AT SANDY LAKE

The Friends of Sandy Lake committee on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) made a presentation to the Council of Harrison Park for AIS Inspectors at Sandy Lake's main dock.

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June 6, 2017

MUNICIPALITY SUPPORTS GROUPS "PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF ZEBRA MUSSELS"

After a presentation from Victor Kowall, the Council of the Municipality of Harrison Park passed motion 143/2017 at their meeting of June 6, 2017 as follows:

Motion 143/2017: Lloyd Ewashko – Craig Atkinson

WHEREAS zebra mussels are established in the Province of Manitoba;

AND WHEREAS water based recreation and tourism are important economic drivers in many municipalities;

AND WHEREAS once zebra mussels are introduced to a water way or water body they cannot be removed;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Municipality of Harrison Park support all interested parties in the Municipality, in preventing the spread of zebra mussels into the Municipality, through education, signage, and voluntary inspections. Carried