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Brockton Pays for Algae Testing

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

The decision comes as geese will be relocated to the area from Toronto

It’s a victory for Marl Lake and Lake Rosalind residents.

Brockton Council has agreed to cover the cost of privately testing Marl Lake and Lake Rosalind for blue green algae this year.

For the last few summers, it has been the Lake Association that incurred this cost.

While it is not the practice of municipalities to pay for the testing of private lakes, upon the urging of Lake residents Brockton has decided to finance the testing.  

This is expected to cost about 2 thousand dollars.

Samples will be taken once a month in May, June and October and twice a month in July, August and September.

Marl Lake and Lake Rosalind has a history with blue green algae outbreaks which makes the water unfit for consumption, bathing and swimming.

Many lake residents draw their water from the inland lake for household purposes like showers and dishes.

Lake resident Tony Lang applauds Council’s move to cover the testing cost, he says the data collected will help predict trends and track the blue green algae and condition of the lake.

Brockton has tried to curb the amount of phosphorus that goes into the lake which contributes to the blue green algae problem by banning fertilizers at the lakes, promoting septic inspections and banning the feeding of migratory birds.

Keeping the migratory bird numbers down may prove a little more challenging moving forward.

Brockton recently discovered the Canadian Federation of Wildlife has been gathering up goslings in Toronto and relocating the geese to an undisclosed area within 10 km’s of Walkerton.  (Marl Lake and Lake Rosalind are located near Walkerton)

Another 200 goslings will be relocated this July.

While Brockton has no say on the matter, Peabody and lake residents hope that the extra geese will not choose Marl Lake or Lake Rosalind to settle in.

Geese feces also contributes to blue green algae blooms.

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