Blayne West Leaves Lacombe County for Australia

Blayne West, environmental coordinator for Lacombe County and member of the board of directors of the Sylvan Lake Watershed Stewardship Society, will depart from Canada with her family and return to Australia where summer never ends. Blayne helped to develop and manage Lacombe County's environmental policy and practices and contributed to the Cumulative Effects Management System (CEMS) …

Ecosystem Valuation

Decision-making about ways and means to protect and preserve the Sylvan Lake watershed is limited by the lack of information on its value. The methods used by environmental economists who study ecosystems are explained on a website maintained by the US Department of Agriculture. The following paragraph is an excerpt that introduces a few methods …

Empowering Municipalities for Environmental Management

This text is extracted from the Environmental Law Centre's website; 6/16/2014 It is the ELC’s view that municipalities have the potential to play a pivotal role in environmental management and protection in Alberta. Municipalities have the authority to control and regulate many private land uses. As well, municipalities have the responsibility for engaging in local land …

The Central Alberta Recreational Lakes Initiative

Representatives of the Central Alberta Recreational Lakes (CARL) and many supporting organizations have an exclusive club that meets annually to discuss the status of local environments and to learn about issues that affect lake and watershed health. For an introduction to CARL, see this website that is maintained by Alberta's Environment and Sustainable Resources Development department staff. …

Proposed Environmental Goals for the Red Deer River Watershed

The Sylvan Lake watershed occupies 10.6 thousand hectares of the 4.965 million hectares in the Red Deer River watershed that extends across Central Alberta. See all the maps prepared for the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) posted here. The Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the Red Deer River watershed will apply to Sylvan Lake that is a part of the …