Director on the Board of the Charlie Lake Conservation Society, Bruce Kosugi says these plants were sent to the Ministry of Environment weed expert, Dennis Einarson, in Kamloops to test whether they’re invasive or native.
Einarson reported that these plants were native species and identified them as Robbins Pond Weed (Potamogeton robbinsii), Small Pond Weed (Potamogeton berchtoldi), vernal water starwort (Callitriche pulustris) and white stemmed pondweed (Potamogeton praelongus).
Kosugi continues to says residents are complaining these plants are getting tangled inside the motor of their boats, a problem until recently, hasn’t been seen since the water levels were raised on the south end of the lake.
“I think now, the lake is coming back into equilibrium and those weeds are re-establishing themselves,” explains Kosugi.
There will also be a discussion facilitated around boat safety and other methods of protecting the lake.
The forum is being held in basement of the Charlie Lake Community Church, Thursday June 26, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.