Wabamun Lake Subwatershed Land Use Plan
One of the goals the Wabamun Watershed Management Council set for itself since its inception in 2006 was to develop a watershed management plan that could be used by governments and stakeholders to preserve the health of the lake and the watershed that supports it. Before that could be accomplished, however, we needed to assess the current state of the watershed in terms of the lake’s health, current issues affecting that health and what information is lacking. This was accomplished in 2013 with the launch of the WWMC Wabamun Lake State of the Watershed Report (PDF) with the help of Aquality Environmental Consulting. With that launch and the gathered information in the report, the council started making plans to begin producing the watershed management plan. At the same time Parkland County decided that it needed to develop land use plans for all its recreational lakes and picked Wabamun Lake (as the most heavily used lake) to be the pilot project from which it could develop templates and “tool kits” for the development of management plans for the other lakes. Not wishing to duplicate efforts, the WWMC decided to work with the county to accomplish our mutual goals in the management plan.
In 2014 Parkland County hired Stantec Consulting to draft the plan. As stated in the September 2014 news release, “Throughout the project Stantec Consulting will be working closely with Parkland County, its regional partners and the Technical Advisory Committee comprising of the Province of Alberta, the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance and the Wabamun Watershed Management Council. The project is slated to begin October of this year and to be completed by late spring of 2016.”
For more information on the project visit its web page at Parkland County.