Thank you to Jean Dunes Gustave, Ministry of the Environment for the South, for inviting the University of Kansas (KU) to hold a second aquatic ecology workshop at his office building in Camp Perrin. This 2ème Les Principes Écologie Aquatique focused on the results of our May 2013 study of Etang Lachaux, a lake along National Route 7 south between Les Cayes and Camp Perrin. See these past blogs for the lake study and the 1st workshop in May 2013. The 29 participants represented 13 organizations and including people who owned land around the lake. Presenters were Dr. Donald Huggins from the Kansas Biological Survey (KBS) at KU and Debbie Baker from KBS and Audubon Center of Les Cayes.
We discussed the results of the water chemistry of the lake, and gave recommendations for increasing water volume so that the lake can be used for a fishery. Participants said that 1975 was the last time the lake completely dried up. We suggested that lake managers do not stock this shallow lake with carp which are bottom feeders and stir up the lake sediment.