The Sylvan Lake shoreline has been surveyed twice using airborne video cameras to record the impairment of the riparian zone by property owners, once in 2002 for the Alberta Conservation Association and again in 2007 by Alberta SRD together with Fisheries and Oceans. These are valuable records of the cumulative effects of human impact on the natural values that otherwise would be provided by the shoreline environment to protect the lake.
This graphic summarizes the 2002 findings:
The shoreline sections occupied by the Town of Sylvan Lake and Summer Villages or equivalent county communities are typically Moderately or Highly impaired. The SLWSS has recruited property owners along those sections of shoreline to participate in the Living by Water program of Nature Alberta. Regrettably, less than 20% of shoreline occupants have volunteered to have property assessments completed.
These three helicopter survey files should playback on a computer or phone. If that doesn’t work, then download the files and play them locally:
Heli Clip #1. File size 96 MB:
From Jarvis Bay, NW along the north shore to Sunbreaker Cove boat launch ramp.
Heli Clip #2. File size 95 MB:
From Sunbreaker Cove counterclockwise to the Boy Scout camp.
Heli Clip #3. File size 87 MB:
From the Boy Scout camp, SE to the Town of Sylvan Lake beach and Jarvis Bay.