Environment

Cultus Lake Invasive Species Walk

May is Invasive Species Action Month!

Join the Cultus Lake Park Board Environmental and Public Areas Planning Committee in partnership with the Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society on Saturday, May 28th for an Invasive Species Walk at Cultus Lake!

Along the way, we will visit Sweltzer Creek, the beach and the forest and will talk about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. Some species we will learn about are English Ivy, Yellow Flag Iris and invasive mussels!

No registration is necessary. Please meet us at 10:00 AM at the Main Beach gazebo at Cultus Lake!

Turf Installation

Cultus Lake Park is completing some of the final phases of flood recovery at the Community Hall and Twin Alders cabin, with the installation of turf beginning on the morning of Monday, May 16, 2022.

Following this, crews will move to install turf along the waterfront located between 16 and 28 Lakeshore Drive. Cultus Lake Park residents in the area are encouraged to assist in watering the newly laid grass to assist staff in ensuring successful establishment and growth.

Staff will be providing further information with respect to future installations of turf along the foreshore between 180 and 186 First Avenue, as well as a section of Main Beach.

If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 604-858-3334 or email [email protected].

May Is Invasive Species Month – Clean, Drain, Dry

May is Invasive Species Action Month!

How many times have you stepped out of the lake and had lake weed clinging to you? The same thing happens to your boats, even kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards! This is the main way aquatic invasive plants move and spread. You can help by CLEANing, DRAINing, and DRYing your watercraft!

One aquatic plant that has been spread around BC simply by hitching a ride on boats is Eurasian watermilfoil. Eurasian watermilfoil is a common aquarium plant, but when released into natural waterbodies, it can spread very efficiently through seeds, roots, buds and stem fragments. Boat motors also help to cut the plants up into fragments, further helping it spread. This plant can slow down the flow of the water, attracting insects like mosquitos, reducing the area that can be used for swimming or boat recreation.
What can you do?

You can help by participating in Clean Drain Dry! This means that you should clean all plants, animals and mud from your boats and gear. Next, drain all the water from your boat and gear onto land. Lastly, dry your boat, and all your gear before heading out to a new location! This helps to care for your watercraft, but also helps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasives.

For additional information on Clean Drain Dry and some other aquatic invasives, visit https://bcinvasives.ca/play-your-part/clean-drain-dry/

Notice of Intent – Dock Removal

NOTICE OF INTENT

TO: Residents of Cultus Lake

FROM: Joe Lamb, Chief Administrative Officer

SUBJECT: Dock Removal

The damaged docks within the Cultus Lake foreshore that are currently closed will be removed starting May 18, 2022. Information regarding this project will be distributed at the May 18, 2022 Cultus Lake Park Board Regular Meeting.

Yellow Flag Iris

May is Invasive Plant Species Month in British Columbia, making it the perfect time to share information on a commonly known plant in the park, Yellow Flag Iris. While this plant might be appealing to the eye, it can be harmful to native plants, and can be toxic to humans and animals.

Yellow Flag Iris is typically found in ditches, shallow ponds, marshes, and along still and slow-moving water courses. This perennial herb has flattened, sword-like leaves that support three yellow flowers. This plant was introduced from the Mediterranean region as an ornamental plant and reproduces by rhizomes and seeds.

These plants can create a thick mat underwater that connects several hundreds of plants, damaging wildlife habitat and native vegetation.

To learn more about Yellow Flag Iris and how you can take action, please visit https://bcinvasives.ca/invasives/yellow-flag-iris/.

Area H Community Fire Awareness Day

Join the Fraser Valley Regional District at the Columbia Valley Fire Hall on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for Area H Community Fire Awareness Day.

There will be a BBQ by donation, raffle, information displays and swag. Volunteer Firefighters will be on-site to answer your questions about their work and how to prepare your residence for wildfire season.

Raffle prizes were donated by Associated Fire Safety Group and Fortin’s Home Hardware.

Waste Receptacle Sticker Reminder

A reminder that Cultus Lake Park has introduced weatherproof stickers for residential leaseholder waste receptacles. These simple labels will allow residents to clearly identify their lease lot number on each bin to mitigate loss and support Bylaw enforcement. Placement of these stickers should be on the top third of the bin close to the lid so they are visible to staff and to not cover the barcode.

These stickers have been incorporated  into the Cultus Lake Park Bylaws to assist in waste management throughout the community.

Please visit the park office Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm to pick-up your labels.

If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 604-858-3334 or email [email protected].
Cultus Lake blue waste bin

Earth Day at Cultus Lake Park

Cultus Lake Park community members give back to the environment on Earth Day!

Residents came together with their shovels, gloves, and rakes to spread heaps of bark mulch throughout the garden beds in preparation for the summer season. Not only does the mulch beautify public areas, but it also provides nutrients for the trees and plants and keeps the soil from drying throughout the warmer months.

On behalf of the Environmental and Public Areas Planning Committee, Cultus Lake Park Board and staff, we extend our sincerest gratitude to the community members for your commitment to the park!

If you are looking for volunteering opportunities or wish to learn more about future projects, please contact Gail Smit at [email protected].

Yellow Line Painting Work on First Avenue

Good afternoon,

On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, Cultus Lake Park staff have tentatively scheduled to begin relocating the yellow line pending weather forecast for the two-day project.

To ensure timely completion of this improvement, staff ask that all residents on the west side of First Avenue (106 to 186) ensure that their vehicles are moved to Sunnyside Boulevard Overflow lot. Staff anticipate that the project will require two (2) days of work and will be completed weather-dependent between the hours of 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Please ensure that you have registered your vehicle on the parking permit portal and assigned the appropriate parking permit before relocating your vehicle to the overflow lot.

Staff will issue another update on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 with respect to the confirmed start date of the yellow line painting.

Should you have any questions, please contact the park office at 604-858-3334 or email [email protected].

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