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    French River Stewardship Council

    Annual General Meeting

    When:     Sunday July 30th, 2017

    Time:       1:00 pm

    Where:    French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

    24 Delamere Road, Alban, ON     (Rear Door)

    Agenda

    French River Water Quality Report

    Invasive Species Pilot Project

    Financial Update

    Election of Officers


    Date Added: June 20, 2017 | Comments Off | Filed under: Events,News,Uncategorized — webedit @ 7:56 pm



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    Report and Analysis of Water Quality 2017

    June 2017

    Submitted by Joe Dippong

    FRENCH RIVER 2017 ANALYSIS of WATER QUALITY

     The 2016 sampling of 18 points along both the North and Main channels showed fairly significant improvements in Total Phosphorus levels compared to the 2007 to 2010 sampling project. Calcium concentrations and water clarity have remained fairly constant and present no concerns at this time.

    Although Total Phosphorus levels improved, through local observations, we noted some areas of algae blooms. Although the 2016 year blooms were less dominant than prior years, they do require a review of our Report Card criteria which we plan to complete in 2017. This review may shift results to a more stringent criterion for the “A” Report Card rating in future years.

    Looking at the actual results, a decrease in Total Phosphorus concentration was noted in 12 of 13 sample locations with 1 location showing comparable results to prior years. Although these results are encouraging we note that a one year sampling period is not a sufficient period of time to state with certainty any verifiable findings. Our current analysis of these results is provided in the comments section of the raw data report.

    The actual raw numbers and current Report Card are attached to this cover letter.

    Copies of this report will be sent for peer review as well as be posted on our website for comment.

    FRENCH RIVER WATER QUALITY REPORT CARD

    Ratings Legend: All readings based on ug/L (micro grams per litre) of Phosphorus.

    A – Average 12 or lower with no results over 20.

    B – Average 15 or lower with no more than 20% of then results over 20.

    C – Average 15 or lower with more than 20% of results over 20.

    D – Average 15 or higher.

    F – Average 20 or higher.

    The sampling data used was mainly from our work with the MOE lake partner program.

    The FRSC’s Target is to get all areas of our river to an “A” rating.

     

                                                                                                                       2007-2010         2016

    Lake Nipissing outflow into the French River

    B

    A

    Upper French outflow

    A

    A

    North Channel below Ouellette Rapids

    A

    A

    William’s Bay

    New site

    A

    Near Test Creek at Moonlight Bay Rd & Voyageur Rd.

    New site

    A

    Ranger Bay at lower Sturgeon

    B

    A

    Ranger Bay outlet

    A

    A

    Cow Bay

    A

    A

    Stoner’s point

    New site

    A

    Above Meshaw Falls

    B

    A

    Above Stoney Rapids

    New site

    A

    Dry Pine Bay near Murdock River

    B

    A

    Dry Pine Bay at Baker’s Bay

    B

    A

    Dry Pine Bay at village

    New site

    A

    Main Channel at Crooked Rapids

    B

    A

    Main Channel at Dry Pine Bay

    B

    A

    Lower French at Ox Bay

    B

    A

    Wanapitei River outflow into the French River

    D

    A

    The FRSC would like to thank all those contributing time and moneys to these worthwhile projects.


    Date Added: June 15, 2017 | Comments Off | Filed under: Events,News — webedit @ 8:14 pm



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    Project Suggestions

    September 2016

    The French River Stewardship Council (a not-for-profit organization) will be preparing its project list for future initiatives. We are asking you the general public for project suggestions relating to the following categories.
    1. Environmental projects that will maintain, improve or protect the French River Watershed.
    2. Projects pertaining to fisheries.
    3. Projects concerning aquatic life.
    4. Projects concerning aquatic vegetation.
    5. Shoreline rehabilitation.
    6. Environmental educational projects.
    7. Fund raising ideas
    8. Any other environmental areas we may have overlooked.

    We look forward to receiving your project suggestions.
    Please submit your suggestions by email: frenchriverstewardshipcouncil@gmail.com or post mail to:

    French River Stewardship Council
    Box 2, Site 11, RR 1
    Alban, ON P0M 1A0


    Date Added: September 6, 2016 | Comments Off | Filed under: News — webedit @ 3:30 pm



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    Nipissing University’s Integrative Watershed Research Centre

    July 2016

    Nipissing University’s Integrative Watershed Research Centre aims to promote and support integrative research on watersheds and related environmental issues in our region of northeastern Ontario and beyond. The watershed is used here as a boundary object, uniting our members across many disciplines and perspectives to focus development of research ideas, collaborations and partnerships. Members of the centre are actively engaged in research projects including the exploration of environmental history and colonialism in the Lake Nipissing watershed, water cycling studies in the Sturgeon Falls-Lake Nipissing – French River basin, study of the occurrence of harmful algae blooms in Lake Nipissing, and the exploration of the lived experience of water quality risk in Anishnaabe communities in northern Ontario. On this website you will find information on ongoing research projects and participants.

    Check out our posts for most recent updates on projects, links to data and student research opportunities.

    Dr. April James, Nipissing University’s Integrative Watershed Research Centre.

    Web link: http://iwrc.nipissingu.ca/french-river-volunteer-sampling/

     


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    Fisheries Report – 2015 update

    December 2015

    French River Stewardship Council Fisheries Report – 2015 update.

    A major undertaking of the FRSC is to review and improve the fishing opportunities of the French River. Since the 1990’s some areas of the river have seen fishing stocks decline in pike and most dramatically pickerel. As a result the Ministry of Natural Resources implemented new guidelines on catch limits and slot sizes. Although successful these actions needed some assistance aimed at habitat improvement.

    The most direct form of habitat improvement involves the rehabilitation of existing spawning sites as well as the construction of new sites. To this end the FRSC fisheries committee with members of the local Ministry of Natural Resources in 2009 toured existing spawning sites as well as areas where the construction of new sites would be beneficial.

    From these tours a three year plan of rehabilitation and construction of news sites was prepared and submitted for approval.  Approval was obtained in 2010 and work began in the summer of 2011 with the Meshaw Falls project and the Lower Sturgeon sites. Restoration involved the removal of debris, high pressure water cleaning and where required beaver dam removal. A total of 154 hours of volunteer work was logged on these projects. A local contractor hauled two tandem truck loads to the local landfill.  Costs came in at $ 5,810 and were funded by local businesses and our members.

    In 2012 our plan included the design and construction of two new spawning sites southwest of Ouellette rapids. $ 7,600 of dedicated funding was received and used to complete these projects. Funding came from the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Sudbury East Economic Development Partners and our two local Caisse Populaires.

    In 2012-13 funding of $ 47,000 was acquired for the rebuilding of the Murdock River spawning site. Given the importance of this site to the Dry Pine Bay area the rebuild plan was prepared by MNR personnel and carried out by the bridge rebuild contractor. This site saw a three tier bed construction to ensure water levels, regardless of dam operations, remain conducive to pickerel spawning. The FRSC is continuing to work with Public Works Canada to ensure that consistent water levels will be maintained in the river during the spawning and nursery stages of pike and walleye.

    In 2014 tours of the spawning sites produced encouraging results as Pickerel spawning was clearly taking place at most sites. Also in 2014 a Fall Walleye Index Netting project funded by the MNR, the FRSC and the Hartley Bay Marina, was completed again showing an improvement in fishing stocks. Funding for this project required $ 37,000.

    In 2015 plans were developed for the installation of an additional spawning site and restoration work on the Lower Sturgeon site with approvals now received for 2016 work.

    The FRSC would like to thank all those contributing time and moneys to these worthwhile projects.


    Date Added: December 16, 2015 | Comments Off | Filed under: News — webedit @ 2:24 pm



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    Communication Policy

    Communication Policy last update April 2015


    Date Added: June 22, 2015 | Comments Off | Filed under: News — webedit @ 7:10 pm



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    Annual General Meeting July 24th, 2016

    Time:    1:00 pm

    Where:   Alban Medical Clinic, 24 Delamere Rd. Alban – Entrance at rear of building

    Mark your calendar

     If you are not a paid member for 2016, and would like to attend and have voting privileges, you may come to the meeting and pay your $25.00 membership at the meeting.

    Agenda:

    • PowerPoint Presentation on FRSC projects.

    • MOECC – Ministry of Environment & Climate Change – water sampling.

    • MNRF – Ministry Natural Resources & Forestry – Youth Rangers Program.

    • Presentation by Dr. April James, with Nipissing University’s Integrative Watershed Research Centre on ‘Isotopes of Oxygen’.
    • To receive and consider the financial statements.

    • Election of Officers.

     An opportunity to discuss your concerns and chat with the Stewardship Council members directly.

     The French River Stewardship Council is a non-profit corporation dedicated to environmental protection in the French River watershed.

     Email Address: frenchriverstewardshipcouncil@gmail.com

    Website: www.frenchriverstewardship.ca


    Date Added: June 23, 2014 | Comments Off | Filed under: Events,News — webedit @ 9:05 pm



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    Fall Walleye Index Netting Survey

    October 29th,  2013

    Fall Walleye Index Netting Surve

    The French River Stewardship Council with the assistance from the Ministry of Natural Resources was able to seek a grant to carry out a  Fall Walleye Index Netting (FWIN) program on the French River. The total budget committed to the program was in the amount of  $37,000.

    The main objective of an index netting survey is to assess the relative abundance of a fish stock and provide other biological measures  or indicators of the target population’s status. Standard methods and protocols for the collection of biological information are  followed. Biologists randomly select sampling sites, overnight sets of multi-mesh gillnets are put in place, done in the fall when surface  water temperature is between 15°C and 10°C, set duration 24 hours at a depth of 2 to 5 metres and 5 to 15 metres.

    Field procedures involve setting the nets, lift the nets the following day, processing the catch, and record the data. Post field activities  involve processing the collected fish tissues; data management and biological information is recorded followed by a detailed report.  The report is expected to be completed by mid-2014 along with its recommendations.

    The survey of the netting program was done on the French River North Channel waterbodies i.e. Wolseley Bay, Eighteen Mile Bay,  Ranger Bay, Cow Bay, Meshaw Falls and Hartley Bay.

    We wish to thank Hartley Bay Marina, Moonlight Bay Cottages, Ministry of Natural Resources and the biologists for their contribution for the study.

    The French River Stewardship Council will endeavour to inform the public and make plans for a public meeting early summer 2014 with a presentation by the MNR biologist.

     


    Date Added: November 9, 2013 | Comments Off | Filed under: Events,News — Tags: , , — webedit @ 9:35 pm



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    Stewardship of the French River – Newspaper Article

    May 2013

    When the voyageurs first travelled these waters, they had little need to carry a lunch. Game and fish were there for the asking and the water was drinkable. Not so today. Logging has deforested the land to allow farming and the raising of cattle. Industries have come and gone leaving behind their mark. These activities have not only permanently altered the land but some of their by-products have over time infiltrated the surrounding waterways to questionable effect. As more people settled near the river, unrestricted usage and uninformed practices in the past have also contributed to the questionable quality of the river.

    The impact of these stressors can be debated but the decline in the quality of our water and the decimation of the fish stocks is undeniable. Until the quality of the water supports the fish populations and allow their reproduction in a self-sufficient fashion, the French River Stewardship Council (FRSC) will continue its efforts at the rehabilitation or establishment of new spawning beds and possibly in the future, the stocking of fish in our area waters. The day where our intervention is unnecessary appears to still be in the far future.

    The FRSC does not have the resources to restore, on its own, the pristine quality of the water. It is well beyond our capabilities. The current condition is the result of centuries of neglect and abuse. It will take a comprehensive effort combining initiatives from all levels of government, along with industrial and community awareness to start the long process of restoration of the environment.

    Currently, there does not appear to be any other local group with a commitment as focused to this task as the FRSC. Therefore, we feel it is incumbent upon us to contribute what we can. We therefore offer our guidance and encourage the local population to help by contributing its share in reducing the negative impact on the waterways.

    The FRSC will continue the testing of the area waters to help identify problematic sources. We can then isolate the origins of the problem and hopefully mitigate or even eliminate the causes. We will continue to share the results of this research with the public and also offer suggestions as to the solutions and changes necessary to achieve our common goal of cleaner water.

    With the arrival of summer, cottagers and tourists are returning and we, along with the permanent citizens must enlist them in our common long-term goal of improving the water quality. A united constituency is the only way to bring about modifications to the undesirable and sometimes detrimental provincial policies that affect the watershed. Changes are required to the practices and habits that have developed during years of laissez-faire attitudes.

    The French River Stewardship Council needs your help. We will be holding our Annual General Meeting this summer where we will be soliciting your feedback to aid our executive examine which priorities and projects will best direct our efforts. Come join us and contribute your share. The waterways, fisheries and your financial investment in this area all are dependent on our pulling together to turn things around.


    Date Added: May 25, 2013 | Comments Off | Filed under: News — Tags: — webedit @ 12:33 pm



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    Water Quality Report Card

    FRENCHRIVERWATER QUALITY REPORT CARD – May 2013

    Ratings Legend: All readings based on ug/L (micro grams per litre) of Phosphorus.

    A – Average 12 or lower with no results over 20.

    B – Average 15 or lower with no more than 20% of the results over 20.

    C – Average 15 or lower with more than 20% of results over 20.

    D – Average 15 or higher.

    F – Average 20 or higher.

    The sampling data used was mainly from the FRSC sampling program 2007 to 2010 and from the Hutchinson Report data 1993 to 1995 in areas where more current data was not available.

    The FRSC’s Target is to get all areas of our river to an “A” rating.

     

    Lake Nipissing outflow into the French River B
    French River main channel flow intoWolseley Bay B
    Five Finger Bay at Hall Island B
    Wolseley River outflow into Wolseley Bay C
    Wolseley Bay at locally named Sturgeon Bay D
    North Channel below Ouellette Rapids A
    Lower Sturgeon Lake outflow into Ranger Bay B
    Ranger Bay outflow A
    Cow Bay A
    Above Meshaw Falls A
    Main Channel at Dry Pine Bay A
    Dry Pine Bay below Meshaw Falls A
    Dry Pine Bay in Bakers Bay B
    Pickerel River B
    Ox Bay B
    Wanapitei River outflow into the French River B
    Daoust creek outflow at Hartley Bay Road F

     


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