Here are the important dates that have marked the history of this most active association:
1st winner 2018, community sector of the Gala Conserv’Eau of the Corporation d’Aménagement de
Rivière Assomption (CARA) for the production of 2 video clips to raise awareness among a wider public
broad to environmental issues related to the health of the lake:
- Aquatic plants are essential! :
- Best practices by boat:
January 2018: Design of a strategic plan
- Updating the database in relation to our mission, our vision and our values;
- Development of the action plan:
- See to the sustainable development of the watershed;
- Ensure the tranquility, quality of life and safety of lake users;
- Make users aware of the environment and the quality of life in the area;
- Sound management of our financial resources;
- Maintain the representativeness of our customers;
- Ensure a link with the municipality and the groups that concern us and share the same concerns.
APLA proposals accepted by the municipality:
- Public consultation for the adoption of restricted areas for the practice of wake / surf;
- Improvement in the mandate and equipment of the municipal nautical patrol;
- Improvement of the nuisance by-law;
- Improvement of the by-law relating to the felling of trees; Award of the contract for the characterization of road sections to CARA by the municipality of Saint-Hippolyte, as requested by the APLA for more than 18 months.
Purchase of an environmental station: Real-time data capture, amplitude measurement
waves, water turbidity, temperature (water / air), wind speed and direction.
Eurasian watermilfoil control:
- Phase 2: Realization of aquatic imagery of the seagrass beds.
Characterization of the riparian strip as part of the RSVL monitoring program following the first characterization carried out in 2011.
Production and distribution of video clips to raise awareness of aquatic plants and
good nautical practices.
- Pursuit of the 2016 objectives;
- Production and installation of awareness posters;
- Door to door with the citizens concerned to encourage them to act;
- Planning of an awareness video capsule.
Aquatic plants :
- March 2017: Submission of the 2016 inventory report, including the list of inventoried plants and recommendations, to the APLA Board of Directors;
- April 2017: Presentation of the report to the municipality / Development of an intervention plan
→ Link between deforestation and the growth of aquatic plants;
- Aquatic plants herbarium: plant identification in partnership with botanists
the Montreal Botanical Garden;
- Monitoring of populations listed in 2016 to summer 2017.
The APLA is the winner of the community sector of the Gala Conserv’Eau of the CARA for its approach which aims to support community stakeholders towards an effective transition to action in the fight against cyanobacteria and eutrophication of water bodies. (boat washing station project).
Inventory of aquatic plants in Lac de l’Achigan and production of a herbarium.
50th anniversary of APLA celebrated on August 9, 2014 at Camp Bruchési with a big party and a host of activities.
Publication of the “Info-Lac” leaflet (link to the leaflet by clicking on its name) in collaboration with the municipality. Indispensable tool for navigation on the lake with the map, code of ethics and safety advice.
At the annual general meeting of August 4, 2012, the members present adopted the new name of the association: the Association pour la Protection du Lac de l’Achigan.
2010 and 2011
March 2011 entry into force of new regulation 1013-10 on boat washing
The municipality of St-Hippolyte announces that it will take care of the emptying and inspection of all sanitary facilities on its territory, as requested by the APLA for more than eighteen months.
The APLA sends free of charge to all its members and to residents of Lake Bass, more than 570 “Our lakes below the surface” DVDs. This pro-active gesture for the environment is one of the most important awareness-raising measures by a lake association in Quebec.
In order to continue the success it has achieved in its fight against gulls, APLA is adopting the very latest in scaring technology: the successive detonation cannon or Scare Canon.
The monitoring committee of the sanitary installations of the APLA proposes to the municipality of St-Hippolyte the implementation of a new two-part regulation: the assumption by the municipality of the inspection and the emptying of the sanitary installations on its territory and systematic inspection by dye or smoke tests of sanitary facilities every 5 years.
The APLA is continuing its program of reforestation of the shores of the lake by selling and sponsoring plants to its members during the annual environmental day organized jointly with the municipality.
The APLA is submitting a draft code of ethics to the municipality with the aim of constituting the first code of ethics for users of Lac de l’Achigan.
The APLA submits to the municipality a detailed working document aimed at better control of access and movement of boats on Lac de l’Achigan. The following points are notably put forward by APLA:
- Access to Lac de l’Achigan limited to residents of St-Hippolyte only
- More rigorous application of the sticker system for boats on the lake
- Increase in the frequency and efficiency of nautical patrols by the Inter-municipal Police Authority
- Improved control at the municipal jetty
- Problems related to parking and speed in the curve of the municipal beach
- Boat washing to minimize the introduction of invasive species into the lake
Following fundraising from its members, the APLA acquires and installs four Imites-Rapaces devices with the aim of reducing the number of gulls that harbor at Lac de l’Achigan. The droppings of these birds, which can number around 5,000 per evening during certain times of August, constitute a significant supply of phosphorus that APLA wants to combat.
Second municipal by-law to limit the speed of boats and personal watercraft to 10 km / h on the first 75 meters of the banks.
The APLA is organizing a first nautical patrol on the lake, an initiative which has since been assumed by the Municipality.
Dossier of Domaine Achigan. A private club in the 1970s, Domaine Achigan was sold in 1978 and became a marina and a windsurfing club with a bar, terrace, access to the public beach, use of personal watercraft, etc. The municipal beach becomes the “bay of horrors” a “real cancer” for the lake. The noise is excessive and accidents are numerous. To solve the problem, the developer proposes the construction of condos. The people of the neighborhood, who still remember the Pointe à Savaria, end up accepting this idea in the face of the City Council’s inaction. It was the first time in 25 years that people agreed to have the zoning by-law changed. City Council proposes to change the zoning to allow the construction of condos despite opposition from APLA.
Auberge des Cèdres is asking the Municipality to extend its use and increase the number of rooms. The APLA was consulted the following year and opposed any exceptions to the town planning regulations.
APLA asks the Municipality to analyze the water in the lake every year, which will help identify problematic areas with regard to sanitation facilities.
Strongly reversed file from Pointe à Savaria, facing Camp Bruchési. The Municipality is consulting the APLA about the construction of 16 condo units on the land of the old marina which operated a micro-flight school (seaplanes) and a gas station. APLA opposes this residential development but must accept a compromise: the developer retains an acquired right to three houses.
The Municipality proposes to modify the zoning by-law in order to allow tourist and residential development at Camp Bruchési. Strong opposition from APLA.
The provincial Department of Hunting and Fishing regulates ice fishing on Quebec lakes.
For ecological reasons, APLA opposes the opening of the lake for ice fishing.
Presentation of a brief when the MRC submits its development plan. As the municipality of Saint-Hippolyte is considered a tourist region of the MRC, the APLA wanted to ensure that this plan would not affect Lac de l’Achigan with regard to the development of the Bruchési and Weredale camps, the only two green areas not yet developed and considered as “the lungs of Lake Achigan”.
Pressure to regulate motorized boats, access to the municipal beach for boats, and to reserve the municipal beach for residents of Saint-Hippolyte only. Strong opposition from the Chamber of Commerce and protest against APLA.
Adoption of a by-law on boat speed, engine power and boat size.
The Municipality controls access to the lake.
APLA participates in the FAPEL lakes program, distributes more than 35,000 plants to regenerate the banks and proposes a regulation limiting the deforestation of the banks.
Claims to control the pattern of development around the lake, sanitation facilities and the use of motorized boats.
The League of Owners of Lake Achigan was created in August 1964. It has two objectives: to improve the quality of the lake’s water and to form a pressure group to defend its interests within the Saint-Hippolyte municipal council. The League changed its name in July 1980 to become the Association of Owners of Lac de l’Achigan (APLA).