(July 7, 2019)
The next regular meeting of the WWMC is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at our regular meeting place (address in Calendar of Events). Stephen Spencer, Senior Fisheries Biologist at Alberta Environment and Parks, will make a presentation about the state of the Wabamun Lake fishery.
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.