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Bonnyville responds to concern over Moose Lake waters

Both the Town and M.D of Bonnyville say residents can help to make the water at Moose Lake better. In a release, the local government acknowledged the concern for the quality of the water from the lake. A recent petition has reached over 1100 signatures and calls on the town and M.D to take action and try to improve the water quality.

The local government says there is a science behind the Moose Lake problems.

“Moose Lake is naturally high in nutrients. Due to high water and flooding conditions over the last two years, Moose Lake has seen an increase in nutrient loading, an increase in the presence of microcystin (the toxin produced by blue-green algae) and number of blue-green algae blooms. A slight increase in phosphorus can create these blooms. Having this knowledge is the first step in helping the health of Moose Lake.

The release goes on to say that lakeside landowners can help by planting trees and vegetation to limit runoff among other ideas. It also highlights the work of the Moose Lake Watershed Society. The group has been working to keep the water healthy since 2002.

The town and M.D both agree that it will take cooperation and time to see improvement.

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“While a single solution will not solve all of the lake’s issues, the Town and the M.D. are hoping,
with efforts from all concerned parties, significant improvements can be made.”

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