Quiet Enjoyment Initiative Rejected by the Town of Sylvan Lake

The Sylvan Lake News reported on a decision of the Town of Sylvan Lake council on February 12 to decline a request for funding for the Quiet Enjoyment Initiative (QEI). The  QEI project of the SLWSS champions the rights of all Sylvan Lake shoreline populations to enjoy the watershed without disturbance by inconsiderate operators of …

News from the Alberta Recreational Lakes Forum 2017

Alberta Environment and Parks organized this year's forum at Lake Isle west of Edmonton. Several forum documents and presentations are filed in this online SLWSS folder. The SLWSS did not attend this year's forum as the need for input from community stewardship groups has declined. We did provide this report on our 2016 activities and projects: …

So what’s happening to Sylvan Lake water quality these days?

Lake and tributary monitoring continued in 2014 with an expanded scope and detective work. Diagnostic water quality data from the open water season are still being analyzed by both the ALMS LakeWatch team and by our own tributary samplers and all should be available before the end of March 2015. While we wait, four decades …

Analysis of Sylvan Lake Level, and Control Options

Terry Chamulak, an Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development regional hydrologist, has completed a detailed study of how Sylvan Lake levels have changed between 1940 and 2012. He used a water balance model to reproduce the annual and longer term cyclical changes in the lake level and examined the performance of the lake outflow through Outlet Creek. …

Precipitation Record for the Sylvan Lake Region over 70 Years

Water that ends up in Sylvan Lake starts out as rain and snow precipitation that falls within the watershed boundary. There are no other sources of water input. Precipitation that falls directly onto the lake surface plus runoff and urban stormwater from the land, and groundwater that enters the lake underground all affect the lake …