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Notice Board

Notice: The Annual General Meeting of the Williams Lake Conservation Company will be held at 7:00 on Wednesday, May 14th at the Captain Spry Centre, 10 Kidston Rd, Spryfield. Dr David Patriquin will present highlights of the recent plant life study of the Williams Lake Backlands that he and Dr. Nick Hill have recently completed on behalf of the WLCC. The AGM is also an opportunity for us to review the year's activities and for you to bring forward your concerns and observations. Everyone is welcome.

Notice: The WLCC recently commissioned a study of plant communities found in the Williams Lake Backlands. To see the study summary or a complete copy of the study Click here.

Notice: To see a summary of the Purcell’s Cove Backlands/Williams Lake Watershed Bird Study carried out by Fulton Lavender, commissioned by the WLCC. Click here for more details.

Notice: Update on the Ravenscraig Trail. Humphreys Landscaping has now started construction for the final Phase 3 of the Ravenscraig Trail. The contractor is estimating 3 weeks of construction, with timing being weather-dependent. This final Phase will include construction of a set of steps on the steep part of the trail and creation of the access point on Purcell's Cove Road. All work on the trail will be done from the Purcell’s Cove Road end. Remediation of this entry point will be needed as a final stage once the rest of the construction is complete. For information on the Ravenscraig Trail. Click here.

Notice: A group of developers have requested that HRM Council include re-zoning a portion of the Williams Lake/Purcell's Cove backlands in the current planning draft, RP+5 (Click here for developers Request). If approved the requested change would have a major impact on Williams Lake and its watershed. This is a major issue for the WLCC because our mandate is to protect them. HRM Planning Staff does not support the request; their discussion and reasons for recommending against it are on pp. 25-27 (item 2) of the attached Staff Report (Click here for Staff Report).
HRM Regional Council will discuss and debate the proposed amendments at the Council meeting to be held on May 20, 2014, one of which is the request to re-designate the Purcell's Cove Backlands from Urban Reserve to Urban Settlement or Rural Commuter. Your continued support will be needed to ensure the Regional Planning Process is not highjacked by developers. Click here for further details.

Notice: The Williams Lake Conservation Company has become a member of the Backlands Coalition which was officially launched on Feb. 21. The inaugural meeting of the Backlands Coalition will be on March 23 at the Captain Spry Center, 16 Sussex Street, Rm 3, 1:30 p.m. For more information check them out on Facebook under “Purcell's Cove Backlands” (to be changed shortly to the Backlands Coalition) or on their website www.backlandscoalition.ca.

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The WLCC welcomes everyone who shares the WLCC's mandate to preserve the health of Williams Lake. The Board needs your input and new members. Please contact any member of the board if you would like to become involved.

The Williams Lake Conservation Company is a volunteer, non-profit community organization that was established in 1968.

The WLCC was founded in order to promote the health of Williams Lake and its watershed for the benefit of all. Everyone who shares this objective is welcome as a member. Some members live close to the lake but many do not. Current annual dues are $20. per household per year.

Some current activities that the WLCC is involved with:

  • protecting public access to swimming areas on Williams Lake
  • consultation with developers and monitoring their activities to reduce impacts of planned developments on the Williams Lake/Colpitt Lake watershed
  • investigation of land ownership in the Williams Lake watershed
  • regular lab testing of the water in Colpitt Lake and Williams Lake for health and swimming safety
  • monitoring and long-term analysis of Williams Lake water levels
  • investigation of the most appropriate options for maintenance of the dam at the southeast end of Williams Lake (Lawson's Creek)
  • continuing to inform the public of issues concerning Williams Lake and its watershed by means of newsletters and bulletins distributed to members, all area residents and the media
  • providing a forum for people's concerns about the lake and its watershed.