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Careful monitoring needed

Dear sir:

The Rainy Lake Conservancy would like to express its concern over the high water levels on Rainy Lake during the past two summers. Unusually high water levels destroy and threaten precious lakeshore flora and fauna, as well as causing additional shoreland damage.

In life science inventories sponsored by the Rainy Lake Conservancy and conducted over the past few years, biologists discovered 21 provincially-rare plant species and six plants which were new for Rainy River District.

They also identified five provincially-rare dragonflies, two provincially-rare tiger beetles, and a provincially-rare butterfly.

Due to flooding, one of Ontario’s rare plant species, the Aquatic Pygmyweed, located on Rainy Lake but previously known from only one other site in Ontario, has not grown for two years and may have disappeared altogether on Rainy Lake.

In addition, white pine and birch along the shorelines are particularly threatened by high water levels. Fisheries also are affected (much of Rainy Lake was murky and silt-filled during bass spawning).

We, therefore, urge careful monitoring of the new rule curve to avoid irreparable damage not only to property, but also to the plants and animals that make this lake so special.

Respectfully,

Lois Nebergall

and Mary Lysne

on behalf of the

Rainy Lake

Conservancy

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