Watershed Groups Meet at Pigeon Lake

The Pigeon Lake Watershed Association was the host for this year’s Alberta Lake Management Association (ALMS) workshop and 20th Annual Meeting on September 27 and 28.

Here are some notes from Day One:

Pigeon Lake has had lots of attention by government, sponsors and ESRD because of its algal bloom history, beach warnings, proximity to Edmonton, and the community organizations that have formed to protect that lake environment. The lake has an inter-municipal committee (the Association of Pigeon Lake Municipalities), plus a very active stewardship organization (the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association) that involves many subcommittees and volunteers. Fish kills and algal blooms provide the motivation for action. The groups cooperate well, and inform lake residents on many topics.

The Pigeon Lake Model Land Use Bylaw  was prepared to help municipalities meet the community’s standards and expectations.

Agriculture Canada has published the Field Manual on Buffer Design (for reduction of nutrient and sediment transport into streams and water bodies) by could be useful for investigating and assessing the risk potential of the land areas drained by Sylvan Lake’s tributaries.

Fertilizer Applications at Pigeon Lake. The PLWA presentation on “Banning Cosmetic Fertilizers”  will be posted soon on the ALMS website. Agronomic research reported by the International Plant Nutrition Institute on turf grass provides some useful facts relevant to nutrient runoff from lawns:

  1. Impact of Organic and Mineral Fertilizers on Run-off from Turf
  2. Phosphorus Runoff Losses from Lawns

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