Eight of the nine members of the Steering Committee met at the Port Albert Inn, 09:00-11:00, to review ACLA's mission and accomplishments, discuss items of general concern, and establish priorities and plans for action.
present: Jim Baird, Nigel Bellchamber, Judy Crawford, Mike McElhone, Joel Rochon, Beth Ross, Robert Stephenson, Roger Watt
absent: Eric Holmes
ACLA's mission is to co-ordinate advocacy on common concerns of the lakeshore community.
This wording resulted from much discussion at the 2003-09 Communications Coordinators meeting. It reflects the volunteer-driven manner in which ACLA operates. We do have an administrative structure that incurs expenses, and we rely on the enthusiasm and expertise of those who care enough to lead the way.
We now have five years of results from the stream-testing program. We believe these results show that untreated agricultural run-off continues to be the dominant cause of the high levels of E.coli and other pollutants in the areas of the Lake Huron shoreline where children want to play ... in the sand at the water's edge, and in the near-shore water. We believe that Ontario's Nutrient Management Act, the weakest in Canada, has had zero impact on lessening the problem.
ACLA communicates with the lakeshore community through the e-mail lists that the Communications Coordinators maintain for the lakeshore associations that ACLA represents. Funding for ACLA programs is almost totally dependent on the lakeshore community, through the annual contribution of each association (currently $10 for each property that the association represents, although several associations have voluntarily increased that to $20 recently).
The "$10 per property" contribution that the lakeshore associations have been making to ACLA is no longer sufficient to support ACLA's stream-testing activities (due to increased cost of lab analyses), nor to enable any new undertakings.
There are entities in Huron County that fund selected projects whose objective is to improve water quality.
Bluewater Township provides funding assistance to some of its lakeshore associations to help maintain unassumed roads.
The Township of Huron-Kinloss now has a by-law that prohibits the operation of ATVs in an area including the Lake Huron beach and lakeshore roads.
The ACW garbage/recycling pickup on the Saturday instead of the Monday of holiday weekends is ineffective for the cottage community, since weekenders don't have much garbage that early in the three-day weekend.
2008-03 UPDATE -- Requested at ACW Council meeting of 2007-10-02. In the 2008 schedule, holiday-weekend pickups will be on Mondays as normal.
-- Robert Stephenson
-- Nigel Bellchamber