Wabamun Lake Watershed Management 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 November of 2016 the Wabamun Lake Sub Watershed Land Use Plan was accepted by Parkland County. 

Because the sub-watershed land use plan only looks at land use, an overall watershed management plan is still required to guide all activities in the watershed and ensure the health of the lake. To that end the WWMC is proceeding to research and write the plan with the help of the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Parkland County, the Village of Wabamun, the various summer villages and Alberta Environment and Parks. As the plan develops there will be several opportunities for the various stakeholders to review and comment on it. Notifications will be posted through the WWMC email list. If you are not already on the list, send a request with your name and address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.