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History of Renaissance Brome Lake

  • 2011 : A complete overhaul of the website
  • 2006 : On August 17, 2006, the lake was closed because of cyanobacteria contamination as were some 20 or so other lakes in the Eastern Townships and more than 100 others across Quebec.  This was the last straw and it triggered a community-wide mobilization in the Brome Lake community. On October 14, RBL organised a public meeting at which more than 300 interested citizens were in attendance.  Several questions were raised and discussed with government authorities from the ministère de l’Environnment, de la Municipalité and the Université de Sherbrooke (responsible for the sampling program in the tributaries). Following this public assembly, Renaissance Brome Lake gave itself a new board of directors and an action plan which was subsequently discussed with municipal authorities in November and December 2006. 
  • 2002 : In partnership with Ville de Lac-Brome and the Université de Sherbrooke and since the 2008 season the municipalities of Bolton-Ouest, Stukely-Sud,  Canton de Shefford and Sainte-Étienne, RBL has been supervising a monitoring program on the health of the lake and its 8 tributaries. Systematic measures have been taken which establish the level of phosphorous, temperature, the degree of oxygenation, the conductivity and the pH of the water. It is thanks to these measures that the resulting priority actions can be established. Parallel to this, RBL is conducting a measuring program for water clarity through the use of    Secchi discs. The results of these studies are given at the annual general assembly of members, which normally takes place in late May or early June of each year.
  • 2002 : Creation of the Website and placement of the computerized member list.
  • Autumn 2001: Participation in the meeting instigated by the ministry of the environment to create the mixed committee. This committee is made up of: ville de lac Brome, the  municipality of Bolton-Ouest (where the greatest part of the Brome Lake watershed is found), the COGEBY (comité de gestion du bassin versant de la Yamaska), the ministry of the environment, the Brome Lake protection association and, of course, Renaissance Brome Lake.
  • June 2001: Organisation of an information meeting where participants came from the organisation, the municipality and the Quebec environment ministry. This gathering attracted more than 300 participants who came to learn more. Their large presence impressed the authorities and convinced the environment ministry to form a mixed committee which would include the different levels.
  • February 2001: Creation Renaissance Brome Lake.