Wabamun Lake Watershed Management Plan
A watershed is an area of land where all the surface water drains into the same body of water, whether that be a creek, river or lake. A watershed management plan is a commitment by the various stakeholders in a waterbody to collaborate on managing the watershed for the health of the waterbody. It is a “road map” that outlines who will do what, when, where and how.
The completion of a watershed management plan for Wabamun Lake has always been a goal of the WWMC. Toward that end, we completed a State of the Watershed Report for the lake in 2013 (PDF) that outlined what is known about the health of the lake and what needs to be known. The report spawned further studies of the watershed, including a survey of the shoreline of the lake to determine how much of the riparian area has been compromised by development, etc. (2014-Riparian Health of Wabamun Lake [PDF]) and an ongoing study of wetlands around the lake.
In March of 2018 the Wabamun Lake Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee met to begin the work of creating the plan for managing the watershed. The committee is made up of stakeholders, including governments (provincial, municipal and summer villages), industry (TransAlta), and residents and other interested communities and organizations as represented by the Wabamun Watershed Management Council. Stan Franklin of the WWMC chairs the committee and Petra Rowell of the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance is writing the drafts of the plan that are being reviewed by the Steering Committee.
To augment the Steering Committee’s work, a Technical Committee will undertake a number of scientific activities to better understand what is known about Wabamun Lake and surrounding uplands, including water quality, water quantity (lake level and tributary flows), aquatic ecosystem health (e.g., shoreline health, fisheries, etc.) and land cover/land-use as it affects how water flows over the landscape, and how it affects point and non-point pollution.
The Steering Committee wants to make sure it engages as many people as it can along the way to ensure the plan addresses the issues and is well-supported by everyone who lives, works and plays in the Wabamun watershed. If you have any questions or concerns about the plan, do not hesitate to contact the WWMC (email@example.com).