A new study will investigate the potential to remove and manage unwanted aquatic vegetation in three local lakes, including Charlie Lake north of Fort St. John, it was announced earlier this month.
According to a news release from the Peace River Regional District, the study to remove aquatic vegetation will also include Swan Lake and One Island Lake south of Dawson Creek.
“The study follows feedback from residents that excessive aquatic vegetation is detracting from recreational use, reducing aesthetics and creating a safety issue for lake users,” the regional district said in the release.
The PRRD says local biologist Brian Paterson has been tapped "to conduct the early stages of planning and feasibility." Fieldwork began in June of this year.
“The study will produce an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for each lake, which minimizes potential environmental impacts and is required to obtain provincial permitting,” the regional district said.
“These EMPs will contain general information regarding lake ecology and biodiversity, suggest areas to focus harvesting efforts and incorporate best practices to minimize unwanted effects to the focal lakes.”
The PRRD began to advance the lakes initiative in January 2021 with a meeting with the province to discuss concerns in Charlie Lake. A business case was authorized to be developed in March 2021, and a request for proposals from biologists issued in October that year.
The idea comes from a similar project in Williams Lake, where a lake weed harvester and provincial license was acquired to improve safety for two boat launches, a beach, and a designated float plane area.
Public input is being sought, including areas of concern identified by residents. Feedback is being collected until January 20 on the regional district website.
Click here to learn more about the project and give your input.