Science Note: Why Zebra Mussels Stick So Well To Surfaces

Zebra mussels, a justifiably demonized invasive species, have had their super sticky secret discovered by researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Understanding the chemistry that allows those mussels to stick so well to surfaces in water bodies has helped inventors to design new types of effective adhesives for medical and industrial applications. Knowing …

Steve Dills Recognized for Watershed Reporting and Editorial Opinions

The SLWSS board thanked Steve Dills, the past editor of the Sylvan Lake News, for his contributions to watershed awareness, conservation and protection and presented him with a framed souvenir of his work: The central graphic is a Wordled word cloud version of Steve Dills' articles that were published in the SLN over several years. It is surrounded …

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 …

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 …

CFR Chemicals EPEA Application for a Tank Farm Expansion

The SLWSS registered concerns on behalf of members in the watershed about the proposed expansion of the CFR Chemicals tank farm located on a rail spur beside Highway 11 west of Sylvan Lake boundary. The correspondence, including a reply to the submitted SLWSS concerns, is available for inspection in this file: CFR Chemicals-SLWSS Correspondence 2012