Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) advisory issued for Wabamun Lake
(August 16, 2019)
Alberta Health Services has issued a blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom advisory for Wabamun Lake.
From the advisory:
“Residents living near the shores of this lake, as well as visitors to this lake, are advised to take the following precautions:
Avoid all contact with blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms. If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.
Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to swim or wade) in any areas where blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is visible.
Do not feed whole fish or fish trimmings from this lake to your pets.”
Go to our Blue-green Algae page for more information.
(August 8, 2019)
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Alberta Environment and Parks office in Spruce Grove.
Seba Beach Regatta Parade
(August 4, 2019)
A good crowd showed up for the Seba Beach Regatta Parade on Saturday, August 3, 2019. The WWMC had a float in the parade, thanks to Elaine and Neil Fleming, Kelly Aldridge and kids and grandkids. A good time was had by all getting our messages across in a fun and entertaining way.
(July 22, 2019)
Dr. Stephen Spencer, Senior Fisheries Biologist with Alberta Environment and Parks gave a presentation to the WWMC at its regular meeting on July 17, 2019 on the status of the fishery at Wabamun. About 25 people were in attendance to hear the talk. Spencer’s talk was similar to those he’d given to the WWMC in the past, with some added information. The next evaluation of the lake will occur in the fall of 2020. However, AEP is reluctant to open the lake to harvest so close to a city for fear the rush of anglers to the lake could collapse the walleye population. Bottom line is that catch-and-release only fishing will remain for the foreseeable future. For more information go to our Wabamun Fishery page.
Water and Vegetation Sampling
(July 23, 2019)
On July 10th, several WWMC volunteers gathered at the Wabamun Sailing Club to assist the Alberta Lake Management Society (ALMS) in another round of water sampling, this time adding aquatic vegetation sampling. The object of the study is to get a baseline of information about the quality of the water and vegetation to be compared to later studies in an effort to understand how the lake is changing overtime as a result of climate change, development, etc.
The following is a slide show of some of the images captured that day, showing how the plants were sampled and how the water was analyzed after all returned to shore. It was a good day in which a lot was learned by all. ALMS will provide us with a full report in the coming months.
Thanks to all who showed up.
Environmental Health Data
(February 23, 2019)
The Alberta Environmental and Public Health Information Network has developed an online resource for data on cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and other health issues, such as chemical monitoring in water and fish, and air quality. You can drill down to specific information about your water well, favorite lake or the air quality in your region of the province. Go to AEPHIN.
Samco/Ridge Water Resort
(Update: February 14, 2019)
On February 12, Parkland County's Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) published its decision on the appeal by Samco Developments Ltd. of the county's refusal to grant a development permit to build the Ridge Water Resort. The appeal is denied. In other words, the development cannot proceed. Samco has two options if it wishes to proceed with the development: 1) appeal to the Alberta Court of Appeals (if there were errors in law or jurisdiction in the decision) or 2) reapply for the permit in a year.
As of March 14, Samco Developments Ltd. did not request leave to appeal the SDAB decision to the Alberta Court of Appeals within 30 days of the SDAB decision. As a result, if it wishes to reapply for a development permit for a similar type of campground development it must wait to do so for one year after the SDAB decision. However, it can apply for a permit for another type of development compatible with the Land Use Bylaw.
The WWMC thanks all those who stepped up to defend the health of the lake!
Sundance Boat Launch—GOOD NEWS!
(Update: December 17, 2018)
On November 13, Parkland County Council voted to begin construction of the $2,000,000 boat launch on the south side of Wabamun Lake, near the Sundance power plant. The funds have been set aside, the lease agreement has been signed with TransAlta and the environmental impact assessment has been completed. Construction is expected to begin in 2020. Parkland County has posted a draft design of the launch site on its website.
With Parkland revenues in decline, Mayor Shaigec correctly made the case that Wabamun is not just a Parkland lake. It is a significant provincial resource used by many non-Parkland residents. As such, there should be some measure of cost sharing for the launch by surrounding municipalities and the provincial government. Regardless, the County has now committed to construction of the site.
You can now report land abuses online through Report-A-Poacher. If your situation is an emergency, phone the hotline at 1-800-642-3800 to speak directly to a Fish and Wildlife Officer.
The Wabamun Watershed Management Council has been involved with several programs to improve the health of the lake and inform lake stakeholders of the issues facing the lake and it watershed. The council is looking into Boat Launch/Recreation Management Issues, the Importance of Wetlands around the lake and misuse of natural areas by off-highway vehicles.
For information about the current level of water in the lake, go to our Lake Water Level page.
The following are links to information about on-going WWMC programs. Click on a link to learn more about each, and how you can help.
Reducing Nutrient Loading
Watershed residents, boaters and other users of the lake can do a few simple things to maintain and improve the quality of Wabamun Lake water.
One of the biggest threats to our lakes is what is being brought into our province from afar. Invasive plants and animals threaten the health of lake ecosystems, often out-competing native species.