Dr. Patterson's Lab Makes Front Page News

Monday, July 27, 2015

The collaborative effort between Professor Tim Patterson's lab at Carleton University, RBC Blue Water, Tides Canada, the NWT Department of Environment and Natural Resources and others to clean up Frame Lake in Yellowknife made the front page of the Yellowknifer Weekend on Friday.

There has been a lot of disgusting trash thrown in the lake over the years.These groups are working to bring the lake back to life again. One can only hope that Pete Cott, shown in the photograph, was wearing his leech repellent as they are super abundant in the lake. When the lake was no longer able to support fish, starting in the 1970s, the ecology was thrown out of kilter.  With no natural predators, the leech population has exploded, making immersion in the water an unpleasant experience.