Pierre Beaudoin

Nearly 60 citizens attended the Renaissance Lac Brome annual meeting. Their remarks and suggestions addressed the best ways to improve the lake water quality.

Mayor Richard Burcombe underlined the partnership between Renaissance and the town on: revitalizing vegetation on the shoreline, monitoring water quality and run off management. He acknowledged that differences of opinion sometimes are the cause of stormy debates but the common interest ends up rallying everybody.

President, Hélène Drouin, summarized the highlights of the 2017 season: the lake has shown few episodes of cyanobacterias in spite of big rainfalls in July and August. The status of the Brome Lake walleye population was presented. Brome Lake was considered a walleye lake for a long time, a reputation which is a bit tarnished today. With a sample of 193 catches, (2016-2017), the biologists team established that the Brome Lake walleyes are potentially overfished, their average being very low.

Finally, RLB announced a control and development project of red rusty crayfish. It is known that this exotic species is omnipresent in the lake and is compromising the survival of the fish population. RLB is in discussion with the department of forestry, wildlife and parks (MFFP) to take action in 2018.

Edward A. Whitcher received the Reconnaissance prize for his involvement in the restoration of the Quilliams Creek agricultural food plain. Marc E. Decelles, an early ecologist, received posthumously the Hommage prize.

Marc Decelles passed away on March 7 2014. He had devoted a large part of his life to the protection of Brome Lake and its surrounding wetlands. He was involved with all the major environ- mental files in Brome Lake since 1987. Thus, with three other dedicated citizens, Marc Decelles created the Brome Lake Land Foundation Inc. which is protecting in perpetuity more than 500 acres of wet land and eco-systems.

Translation: Guy Côté