Milestone Achievement: CHA Removes 1 Million Invasive Snails from Haliburton Lakes

June 25, 2024

The Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners’ Associations (CHA) recently celebrated a significant milestone by removing one million invasive snails from the lakes in Haliburton County. This effort began in 2020 when mystery snails, known for their rapid reproduction and detrimental impact on lake ecosystems, were first discovered in the area. The CHA, with assistance from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, launched a volunteer-based program to tackle the infestation. Volunteers are licensed and trained to collect and humanely euthanize the snails to prevent their spread.

Over the past four years, the program has expanded, involving numerous community members in the fight against these invasive species. The snails, which can clog water intake pipes, outcompete native species, and disrupt local aquatic ecosystems, pose a significant threat to lake health. By removing such a large number of these snails, the CHA aims to mitigate these adverse effects and promote a healthier, more balanced aquatic environment.

The ongoing success of the CHA’s initiative highlights the importance of community involvement in environmental conservation. The program not only helps control the snail population but also raises awareness about the impacts of invasive species. As the project continues, the CHA remains committed to training new volunteers and enhancing the health of Haliburton County’s lakes, ensuring they remain vibrant and thriving for future generations. For more details, visit the Haliburton Echo haliburtonecho.ca/cha-removes-one-million-invasive-snails/