Report on the Alberta Recreational Lakes Forum 2018 (ARL 2018) at Pigeon Lake

The goal of ARL 2018 was “To support networking, knowledge-sharing and collaboration for Alberta’s lake stewardship community.” The May 10, 2018 one-day conference attracted more than 65 experts from Alberta Environment and Parks, stewardship groups, and municipal officials to the Lakedell Agricultural Society hall at Pigeon Lake. Several presentations updated delegates on these stewardship topics: …

Tools and Methods for Sylvan Lake Stewardship

The SLWSS contributed a slideshow/poster session to the AEP Alberta Recreational Lakes Forum at Pigeon Lake on May 10. The contents of the SLWSS toolbox are included in a set of reference graphics that are presented without captions or commentary except for introductions to sections of information. Send any questions to info@slwss.org. Click here for …

Report on the RDRWA’s Winter Lake Day Meeting at Gull Lake

Nicole Kimmel from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry reported on the spread of the invasive Flowering Rush aquatic plant that has been observed in water bodies near Sylvan Lake. Additional advice is posted on the department's website: Aquatic invasive weeds from Environment & parks website Respect our lakes highlights vegetation removal and approvals Don’t Let it …

The Sylvan Lake Groundwater Situation in Perspective and Pictures

The Sylvan Lake watershed and its supply of groundwater are dependent on a fine balance between incoming and outgoing water. The net amount is absorbed and stored underground in the soil, porous and permeable geological glacial deposits, and local aquifers and becomes available for domestic and agricultural use. The following ERCB/AGS maps included in this …

SLWSS Comments for the Public Hearing on the Amendment of the Birchcliff Land Use Bylaw #199/17

The Summer Village of Birchcliff has invited public comment on its review of several clauses of its land use bylaw that control the size of structures and impermeable surfaces on private property. The SLWSS provided the following  recommendations on the specific and more general aspects of land use regulation on October 13: COMMENTS ON BIRCHCLIFF …

The President’s Annual Report for 2017

State of the Watershed Update Two summary reports compiled by the Alberta Lake Management Society included Sylvan Lake water quality data collected during our 2016 campaign. Because of the low nutrient concentrations, which are  indicators of the potential for blooms of nuisance algae, Sylvan Lake is now ranked as oligotrophic, the lowest category of lake …