Friday, September 24, 2021


Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association

Annual General Meeting

September 26, 2021



  1. Adoption of minutes from the 2019 AGM
  2. Treasurer's report – Cynthia Swain
  3. TNRD area J representative – Ronaye Elliot
  4. Jennifer Young – Senior Wildfire Officer Prevention, Kamloops Fire Centre
  5. Jon Collavini/Justin Waito – FireSmart
  6. Clay Govett - Fire Mitigation
  7. Lake Monitoring – Hugh Burton and Foster Wynne
  8. Clean Drain Dry update
  9. RCMP update
  10. Wilderness Resort neighbourhood opportunities
  11. Other Business
  12. Draw

COVID Safety: Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association AGM

The AGM is considered an inside event. Entry is first-come, first-served up to a maximum of 50 people. 

While we are not checking for proof of vaccination because of the event size, please do not attend unless you have received two vaccinations. We are working to keep this gathering as safe as possible. We take good notes and post them publicly should you wish to rely on that instead of attending in person. 

All participants must sign in. Bring your own pen to use. Contact information (name and phone number) of all attendees will be retained for at least 30 days. 

Practice social distancing by keeping two meters (six feet) away from one another. Do not gather to socialise inside the venue. 

Wear a mask.

Seating is at picnic tables and will be limited. Bring a chair if you prefer not to stand. Once inside the venue remain in place unless you are invited to speak at the front table. 

There will be limited photocopies of the agenda, and minutes from the 2019 meeting, as well as educational materials. We make every effort to publish all items distributed at the AGM on the Lac Le Jeune website.

There is no running water at the site. Hand sanitizer will be available at the check in table and where beverages are served.

Do not attend the meeting if you:
  • Have travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days
  • Have been identified by Public Health as a close contact of someone with COVID-19
  • Have been told to isolate by Public Health
  • Are displaying any of the following symptoms
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Loss of sense of smell or taste
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of appetite
    • Extreme fatigue or tiredness
    • Headache
    • Body aches
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

BCLSS Loonie News - August 2021

BCLSS Newsletter

August 2021 

*reposted with permission*

Lake Life: What is a Seiche?

A seiche is a standing wave oscillating in a body of water, like the water that sloshes back and forth in a bathtub or cup of water when disturbed. They typically occur in enclosed waterbodies such as lakes, reservoirs, or even swimming pools. These waves can be surface waves or internal waves. 

What causes a seiche?
They are typically caused by strong winds and rapid changes in atmospheric pressure that push water from one end of a water body to the other. After the wind event, the water rebounds to the other side of the enclosed area and continues to oscillate back and forth for hours or even days, depending on the size of the lake. 

Seiches may be noticed under ordinary water conditions as a result of periodic changes in water level or underwater currents associated with the oscillating movement. At some locations and times, these sea-level oscillations and currents may produce hazardous or even destructive conditions. Internal waves form that can be as high as 10 to 30 meters, all unseen from the lake surface. 

Seiche waves generate currents and turbulence that rhythmically flow back and forth. These currents can cause bottom water to come to the surface, and can also mobilize lake sediments and carry them into the water.

To learn more about seiches, watch the video from Larratt Aquatic Consulting Ltd. 

National Ocean Service, NOAA, What is a seiche? 3 March 2021

Stevens, C. L., & Lawrence, G. A. (1997). Estimation of wind-forced internal seiche amplitudes in lakes and reservoirs, with data from British Columbia, Canada. Aquatic Sciences, 59(2), 115-134. 

Members Needed for the BCLSS AGM

We still need more members to register for the Annual General Meeting!  In order for us to reach quorum at the AGM, we require a minimum of 17 members in good standing. The BCLSS AGM will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, September 29th from 12 pm – 1 pm PDT. Please register hereAn agenda and AGM package will be emailed to you upon registration.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Call for Secchi Dip-In Data


Did you participate in Secchi Dip-In this year? If so, please submit your completed forms on our website or send to by September 30th, 2021. If you took Secchi readings as part of the BC Lake Stewardship and Monitoring Program during the month of July, you can use that data to participate in the Secchi Dip-In, just fill out this form and submit. The Secchi Dip-In provides a snapshot of lake water quality throughout the province as well as the rest of the world. Scientists and volunteers can get a sense of how transparency varies according to water type, regional geology, and land use. Thank you to those who have already sent in their forms! So far we have received data from over 30 lakes across BC. 

BCLSS Q & A Session

Are you interested in learning more about the BCLSS and how we can help protect your local lake? Do you have questions about lake water quality and ecology? Would you like to know more about our programs and how you can participate?

Join our Q and A Session on Wednesday, October 13th at 12 pm (PDT) to have your questions answered!

Register here:

Grant Applications

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Stewardship Grants
HCTF recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship and invests in projects that create stewards. Stewards include individuals, practitioners, and community organizations who take responsibility for promoting, monitoring, conserving, and restoring ecosystems to ultimately result in enduring conservation outcomes for fish and wildlife and their habitats. HCTF prefers stewardship projects that create stewards through community-based, hands on engagement programs, including Citizen Science. Stewardship projects may include some on-the-ground components such as habitat restoration. Each year, HCTF provides approximately $600,000 in Stewardship Grants. There is no upper limit on funding requests but there is a 5-year limit to project funding. Stewardship Grant budgets typically range from $10,000 to over $80,000 annually, with an average grant of approximately $30,000. To learn more about this funding opportunity, visit the HCTF website

BC Conservation & Biodiversity Awards
This initiative is designed to support work to preserve our province’s pristine natural wilderness. Every year grants will be awarded of $10,000 to $50,000 to organizations and ideas making the greatest positive impact on the future of B.C. in these areas:
- Land and ocean-based initiatives
- Clean air and water initiatives
- Climate change initiatives
Academic and science-based studies targeting the environment and preservation of wilderness and biodiversity award applications are accepted throughout the calendar year to December 31, with the annual award winners then chosen by the Selection Committee and announced on March 1st of the following year. To learn more and apply for funding, click here

Announcements and Reminders

ALMS 2021 Fall Webinar Series
This year ALMS is hosting a webinar series to learn from experts from across North America on various lake related topics! This series will showcase presentations every Friday morning from September 10th - October 1st. Registration can be achieved through EventBrite. To view the webinar agenda and watch recordings of past webinars, visit the ALMS website here

CALMS 2021: 36th Annual Symposium 
The California Lake Management Society will be hosting their annual conference on Zoom from Oct 4th to Oct 7th. Talks will begin at 12:00 and 12:30 daily. Presenters, topics and Zoom links will be posted here as they become available. To participate in the 2021 conference, click here to register

2021 Go Fish BC Photo Contest
The annual photo contest hosted by Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is on again! Share your photos of fishing in B.C. and go in the running to win cash prizes and a weekly prize pack. 
1. Luck on the Lake – for photos of anglers in action on lakes in B.C. 
2. Fishing Buddies – for photos of your fishing buddy in action, whether it be a family member, friend, or pet
3. First Catch – for photos of a first catch - this can be first fish ever caught, first of a particular species caught, or first fish of the season. 

For each category, the following cash prizes will be awarded:
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $150
3rd Prize: $75
To learn more and submit photos, click here! Deadline to submit photos is October 31st, 2021. 

S’amunu Make a Difference Day 
Please join the WildWings Nature & Art Festival community volunteers for a community cleanup of the S’amunu watershed streams. The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society recently completed assessing the condition of the S’amunu/Somenos watershed streams and discovered that the most pressing issue is the amount of garbage in these streams and riparian corridors. The 2nd annual S’amunu Make a Difference Day is the day teams of volunteers, guided by Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society staff, clean up the mess left by others. Last year over 600kgs of garbage was removed. The SMWS hopes to double this effort this year. To register, visit their website here

Stewardship Centre for BC Green Shores Survey
Take the quick survey organized by the Stewardship Centre for BC and TransCoastal Adaptations #GreenShores and nature-based solutions for shoreline management. Visit this link to complete the survey and leave your email to be entered into a draw for a chance to win a compostable Pela Case for your phone. This survey runs all through September. A winner will be announced on October 1st! 

NSWA Watershed Wednesdays
Join the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance for Watershed Wednesdays this fall - an online speaker series the first Wednesday of each month (noon to 1 pm) on a variety of watershed topics including wetlands, whirling disease, and water quality. To register, click here

Watersheds Canada September Webinars
Shoreline Assessment Webinar: Sept 22. Have you ever wondered how to naturalize your shoreline? What should you and your family be looking for on your property that might impact water quality and wildlife habitat availability? Chloe and Monica from Watersheds Canada will walk you through a property assessment to show you what our staff look for on a property that can help protect freshwater health and provide crucial habitat for wildlife. Click here to register.

Invasive Species in Your Watershed: Sept 29. This webinar will touch on what makes a species invasive, pathways of spread, call to actions, and how to report sightings of invasive species. Click here to register

News and Information

Why the North Saskatchewan River has gone from brown to blue

5 mistakes you could be making with your cottage septic system

Lots of beer cans and sunglasses — cleaning up B.C. lakes is a labour of love for these divers

Switch-to-cold laundry campaign set for launch in Metro Vancouver to fight microplastics pollution

The World's Two Oldest Common Loons Are a Couple—and Amazing Parents

6 tiny turtles released into mud of Grindstone Creek — the last from 59 nests rescued this year

Nitrate levels climbing in P.E.I. rivers

Should you be removing the weeds from your lake?

Australian bush fires belched out immense quantity of carbon

EcoSuperior rain garden in Thunder Bay to help reduce water flowing to city storm sewer

‘A lot of salmon died’: Ahousaht Guardians look to watershed restoration amid B.C.’s dangerously dry summer
Not a member of the BCLSS yet?
Please consider joining our network of lake stewards! For more information on the benefits of membership, please visit our 
Thank you to LUSH for funding the
BC Lake Stewardship Engagement Initiative
The BCLSS gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of British Columbia through the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association

Thinking of joining? Not sure what we do?

The Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association, as a non profit society, allows us to:

  • Obtain Federal, Provincial and TNRD funding for initiatives, such as fire mitigation, water monitoring, conservation initiatives in our beautiful area.
  • Build relationships with Ministry of Environment, Fisheries, Forestry, Parks, Transportation and Highways, RCMP, TNRD and other agencies.
  • Participate in a Water Monitoring Project in conjunction with Ministry of Environment to help protect our watershed.
  • Participate in the Invasive Species Program in conjunction with the TNRD.
  • Build relationships with local groups and businesses working on projects in our area.
  • Keep up-to-date with conservation issues that affect our community.
  • Work together to address emerging issues and to be proactive in protecting our environment.

Lac Le Jeune Conservation AGM 

Sunday, September 26 at 10:00am 

Day shelter, LLJ Provincial Park

 Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Drum for the Children - Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

 Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops Indian Band)


Join Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc on September 30 at 2:15 pm Pacific to drum and sing for the missing children of Indian Residential Schools.

September 17, 2021, Kamloops – Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc calls on people worldwide to drum simultaneously for the missing children of Indian Residential Schools for the first Canadian National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, this September 30 at 2:15 pm Pacific time.

After a global outpouring of interest and support for the missing children from the Kamloops Indian Residential School, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is offering a way for people to connect, support and ground into the importance of this very first Canadian National Day of Truth and ReconciliationTk’emlúps te Secwépemc is calling upon people around the world to gather – safely – to drum and sing with us for the missing children of Indian Residential Schools.

It’s time to honour the children, and the unrelenting spirit of these Ancestors. It’s time to drum for the healing of the Indian Residential Schools Survivors who carried the burden of knowing where the children were buried, and to drum for the healing of the families and communities whose children did not come home,” stated Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir.

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is urging everyone to learn the Secwepemc Honour Song so that all who join in may do so in unity with drumbeat and voice. The song is available through Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc social media channels as well as on the dedicated web page

We invite you to share this song, to teach it and record it in schools, workplaces, and living roomsTk’emlúps te Secwépemc is calling upon the world to help us shine a light on truth, the pursuit of justice and peace, as well as healing for all affected by these beloved missing children. The confirmation of the missing children has impacted people locally, regionally, nationally and even globally. Secwepemc Elders have said that it is the children that are going to bring us together. We want to make the world a better place for children everywhere and give them hope and assurances, that every child matters,” declared Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir.

Contact: Racelle Kooy Email:

Access to B-roll of Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir drumming in front of the Kamloops Indian Residential School and of the Secwepemc Honour Song Recording (featuring Secwepemc hand drummers):

Access to additional visual assets of “Every Child Matters Drum” and Tk’emlups te Secwepemc drum being struck (held against a blue sky background) can be downloaded from the dedicated web page:

200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops BC V2H 1H1 Phone: 250-828-9700 Fax: 250-372-8833 www.tkemlups


Even though we are unable to gather together physically in great numbers due to COVID 19, we want to encourage a sense of unity and engagement so we ask everyone to join in drumming with us at 2:15 Pacific Time . We look forward to bearing witness to people joining us, from Secwepemcúlecw, our homelands, to around the world – connected by an honour song for the children in our care as well as for those laying to rest in other areas.

We chose 2:15 pm Pacific Time because as 215 was the number that made a ripple around the world at the end of May of this year (2021) about the truth of missing children in unmarked graves at the sites of former Indian Residential Schools as it revealed the truth of the historic mistreatment of Indigenous children. The time was chosen as a way to honour those who are currently in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc caretakership. Since the news about the 215 at Tk’emlúps, more missing children have been confirmed at other Indian Residential School sites in Canada and the United States. At Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, we know that our work has only just begun.

As this is a worldwide call out for participation, it is challenging to coordinate everyone online at the same so we request that you film yourself, post it on social media and tag us by using the hashtag #DrumForTheChildren

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Social Media : Twitter: @Tkemlups
Facebook: @TkemlupsteSecwepemc Instagram: @Tkemlups_te_Secwepemc

Dedicated Web Page:


CanadianNational Day of Truth and Reconciliation, details of the federal legislation (Bill C-5): establish-national-day-for-truth-and-reconciliation.html transition-material-2021/bill-c5-national-day-truth-reconciliation.html

Why is September 30th also know as Orange Shirt Day, the importance of orange as well as the origin of “Every Child Matters:

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association Annual Dues

Photo by Mark Olsen on Unsplash

During COVID -19 the Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association was unable to hold an in-person annual general meeting. We are excited to be able to gather together again on September 26th at 10:00 in the Provincial Park. Put that date in the calendar!

Two very enthusiastic and responsible young members of the community will be collecting annual dues at the AGM. New members can help make this job easier by first printing and completing the membership form. Bring it along with the $10 fee to the meeting, pop it in the mail (address on the form), or connect with your area representative

That's right! Only $10 per household! 

All Lac Le Jeune residents are encouraged to join the Conservation Association. In addition to attending to important conservation issues and ensuring that all voices are represented, the Association is the point of contact for emergency preparedness, social events, RCMP liaison, and Citizens on Patrol.  

Returning members only need to complete the membership form if there are any changes to your contact information. 

Please help spread the word about the AGM!