2008-Wabamun Lake Phosphorus Budget

In concert with the initiation of the Wabamun Watershed Management Council (WWMC) and a formal watershed management planning process in 2007, an update of a 1980-82 eutrophication study was undertaken at Wabamun Lake, a large recreational lake approximately 60 km west of Edmonton, Alberta. A nutrient budget was designed to identify the sources of phosphorus in the lake water, the nutrient most responsible for algae growth in temperate freshwaters. Alberta Environment measured surface runoff, atmospheric deposition, and lake water phosphorus concentrations during the 2008 open water season at Wabamun Lake. These data were used in conjunction with extensive historical data at the lake to produce a representative water and total phosphorus budget for the 2008 runoff and open water seasons. Read More