The Alberta Geological Survey Takes the Groundwater Lead with the Sylvan Lake Project

The Alberta Geological Survey (AGS), now a part of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), is the Sylvan Lake watershed’s newest best groundwater friend. We know that groundwater is important because everyone in the Sylvan Lake watershed extracts and uses well water. That underground supply of water is also critical for the rest of Alberta as …

Belterra Land Company Develops The Slopes Project in the Sylvan Lake Watershed

The Calgary Herald recently published two articles on The Slopes land development project that is located just north of the east end of Birchcliff summer village: $40-million residential development launched in Sylvan Lake New Sylvan Lake project offers mix of housing types for buyers of all sorts If the marketplace reacts positively to the promotional campaign …

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 …

New Watershed Computer Model Released by the Center for Watershed Protection

The Center for Watershed Protection (CWP) has announced the availability of free watershed software with US Army Corps of Engineers “BATHTUB"-like" capabilities that might be a useful tool for a Sylvan Lake application. See the announcement here:http://www.cwp.org/online-watershed-library/cat_view/65-tools/91-watershed-treatment-modelIn principle the spreadsheet model contains what we need in terms of documenting land use and contaminant sources, and calculating the effects of …

Riparian Areas, Wetlands and Land Use – RDRWA Report

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance released its Background Report on Riparian Areas, Wetlands and Land Use in 2013-02. Here is part of the introduction: To set targets and synthesize information while still accounting for major landscape differences throughout the Red Deer River watershed, five Landscape Units were defined based on dominant land use and natural …

Threats to Water Quality and Availability in Canada

Environment Canada published a review of Threats to Sources of Drinking Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Health In Canada in 2001 and a later analysis of Threats to Water Availability in Canada in 2004. Both documents can be downloaded and viewed by clicking on the links above. The reports are still relevant today and explain how population pressure and …

Guide to Public Participation in Environmental Decision‐Making in Alberta

The Environmental Law Centre has published a Guide to Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making in Alberta in 2009 that is available for download and is also linked to this web page. Excerpts from the Introduction to the report is reproduced here: The purpose of this guide is to provide the public with information and strategies to effectively …

Municipal Powers, Land Use Planning and the Environment

The Environmental Law Centre published a report on this topic in 2005. The document may also be downloaded from the ELC website. This link should be used in reference lists: http://elc.ab.ca/Content_Files/Files/MunicipalPowersLandUsePlanning.pdf Text from the Introduction is reproduced here: Municipalities exercise a broad range of powers that have significant direct and indirect impacts on the environment. …

The Tour de Sewer

The Town of Sylvan Lake isn't just home to more than 12,000 people, and lots more in the summer, it operates the sewage treatment facility for the watershed. Tour it here. In addition to processing sewage from the TSL, Norglenwold and Jarvis Bay that are directly connected to the treatment facility by pipeline network, the more remote urbanized …