On January 16, 2015, the lake’s waters suddenly began to clear.
A new resident of the lake, a woman in her early 20s named Kerr Lake, was there to witness the moment.
“It was really surreal, it was so surreal,” Kerr says.
She remembers seeing the lake clear up in the distance and then seeing a group of people, including her husband, walk out to the lake.
The lake had already been cleared by that point, and they didn’t expect to see anyone there.
“I didn’t think anyone was going to come out to Lake Alltona,” Kerra says.
“And then they did, and then it just disappeared.”
Lake Allatona was named after the local residents who owned it in the 1800s.
In the early 1900s, many of the Beavers migrated to the city to make way for the expansion of the rail line.
They left behind their home in the town of Allatoon, which was renamed Lake Alloneran.
The town became the site of the city’s first city hall, a courthouse and a park.
The Beaver Lake is one of the few natural lakes in the world that has never seen a flood.
Kerra has spent her life trying to protect the lake and its ecosystem.
“When we see something like that, we just want to protect it and protect our community,” she says.
Kerr was so excited to see her lake clear that she asked her husband to do something to help.
“My husband, he just goes, ‘What’s the big deal?’
And he says, ‘I’m going to go out and catch a fish,'” she says, laughing.
Kerry’s husband, John, worked as a surveyor for the city of Alltonas first water surveyor.
He also served as the town’s water officer for about five years.
“We were kind of at the end of our rope,” Kerry says.
John says he always wanted to be a water surveyors, but after the Beaver lake’s clear, he decided to quit his job and get a water truck.
John said he never thought it would come to this.
“There’s no way in hell I would’ve thought that we’d be here right now,” he says.
The Lake Allonsonan watershed has a history of being affected by floods.
In 2015, a flood wiped out about 20 per cent of the waterway, leaving the community with very little in the way of fresh water, but the Beamer Lake has a long history of fish and wildlife.
John was excited about being able to bring some fish to the Beomer Lake.
“The lake’s water quality was excellent,” John says.
But he says it was clear to him that it would be a challenge to maintain that water quality, even after it had been clear for several days.
“You know, if you go out to catch a big fish, it’s a very good time to catch it, but that’s not what we wanted to do,” John explains.
The two-week cleanup began with Kerr bringing in a small amount of fish to feed the birds that had been eating algae and rotting fish that had washed up on the shores.
John and Kerry say the birds ate it, and it began to decompose.
“At one point, the birds were dead,” Kerrah says.
In January of 2016, John and the Beams took out their cameras and took pictures of the decomposing fish.
“They said, ‘Oh my God, that’s what the lake is doing,'” Kerrah recalls.
“What they saw was the fish just sitting there, completely decomposed.”
John and his team of volunteers then began cleaning up the lake with a water bucket, bucket, and bucket.
The team began removing algae, which they were hoping to get rid of in time for the spring.
John’s son, Kevin, was a bit surprised at the cleanup, but says the Beamington Lakes residents had a lot to be proud of.
“One of the things that’s amazing about the Beans is that we’re the only ones in the province to be able to go back and collect this kind of data,” Kevin says.
This image shows a large number of beaver in Lake Allonan, after they were removed from the lake by the Beavs in January 2016.
(Courtesy Kevin Beaman) “This is a big win for Lake Allerton,” Kerrian Beaman, the head of the Alltonan Watershed Commission, says of the Lake Alloonas water clean-up.
“For a long time, we didn’t have a clear idea of how much of the watershed we’re in, how much water is in Lake Oneonta, and the lake itself.”
The Beams have now set up a new program to monitor the lake for fish.
Kerrian says the lake will be tested