New technology finds central Alberta lakes contain potent liver toxins

This week a news release about a technical paper on blue-green algae toxins in Canada's lakes caught the attention of several newspapers across Canada. Here are links to a few articles: http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/liver-toxins-prevalent-in-western-cottage-countrys-lakes-cross-canada-study-finds/article4481331/?service=mobile http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/algal-toxin-high-here-study-166226686.html http://www.kenoradailyminerandnews.com/2012/08/14/report-says-bue-green-algae-common-concern-in-every-province-including-lake-of-the-woods Here's an excerpt from the version that appeared in the Edmonton Journal: A cross-Canada survey has found a potent liver toxin in …

Living by Water Video – The Shaw TV Production

Cooperation among producer Patricia Smith of Shaw community television of Red Deer, the Nature Alberta Living by Water team led by Jesse Hitchcock, and SLWSS directors Brian Saby and Steven Johnson delivered this five minute video clip on the L-by-W program. It's posted on YouTube: http://youtu.be/XRRcJwxcfZY If you are a Watershed Stewardship Society member who …

Options for Control of Nuisance Blue-Green Algal Blooms in Pigeon Lake, Alberta

This recent report by Chris Teichreb of ESRD describes the situation at Pigeon Lake and provides this statement in the Summary: "Overall, there are several options that can be pursued at Pigeon Lake. Each option should be examined carefully from a cost-benefit analysis and ensure that environmental impacts to Pigeon Lake are minimized. It should …

Be a Watershed Expert

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has produced a comprehensive distance-study course for anyone who wants to learn about watershed fundamentals. The details are described on this introductory web page. Investigate the scope of the course content here. Case histories from other watersheds in the USA provide ideas that can be applied to the Sylvan …

Cumulative Effects Project

Update April 29, 2013: An official Cumulative Effects Management System project draft report for review prior to the May 15 inter-municipal workshop is available here. The SLWSS contribution to the Sylvan Lake Management Committee workshop held in Sylvan Lake on June 12, 2012 presented three forward-looking population-based scenarios and considered key indicators and the decision-making process …

Sylvan Lake Water Quality

Sylvan Lake continues to rank in first place among the recreational lakes in Central Alberta because of its high water quality. Please click on the graphic to enlarge it. The lake water is sampled and analyzed periodically by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, by the Alberta Lake Management Society (ALMS) and by the SLWSS. The …