Controlling Agricultural Nutrients in Red Deer and Lacombe County Watersheds

Alberta Agriculture is actively investigating Best Management Practices that will reduce the quantities of N and P in run-off from land that can contaminate nutrient-sensitive surface water. Between 2007 and 2012, 4700 hectares in Lacombe County were an experimental area for the Whelp Creek watershed project. The objectives of that project were to: Evaluate the effectiveness of individual nutrient BMPs in …

The SLWSS at the 2013 Eco Loco Environmental Fair

The Society presented a display at the Town of Sylvan Lake's Eco Loco fair on Friday September 13. The SLWSS banners explained what we stand for and do, and our poster highlighted four themes that are important to the watershed: Water Quality Water Balance Tributaries and Best Land Use Practices The Future of the Watershed Click on the hyperlinks to …

Restricted Development Areas at Sylvan Lake

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development provides useful information on shorelands and regulatory requirements. These maps show Restricted Development Areas (RDAs) at Sylvan Lake: Restricted Development Activity Sylvan Lake Index Aerial Map           – Dec 2007 (2 pages) Restricted Development Activity Sylvan Lake Aerial Map 1           – Dec 2007 (2 pages) Restricted Development Activity Sylvan Lake …

Total Precipitation and Sylvan Lake Level

Sylvan Lake watchers have conflicting personal opinions about lake level. This post presents some facts about the one factor that causes the lake level to rise: the Total Precipitation that falls on the watershed area each year. Other factors cause the lake level to drop, particularly seasonal evaporation and transpiration from land, crops and foliage …

The Sylvan Lake Watershed Rule Book

Know the rules of the game. Respect the watershed, the residents and its guests. Contraventions and fines from several relevant federal government Acts are posted here. Excerpts are included from these Acts: Shipping Act Pleasure Craft Regulations Wildlife Act Protection of Endangered Species Migratory Birds Wild Animal and Plant Protection Navigable Waters Only those infractions that are …

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 …