The next meeting of the Wabamun Watershed Management Council will be held on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. in our usual venue at AEP offices in Spruce Grove (see Calendar of Events for address). Topics of discussion will include: ice heave update, watershed management plan update, NSWA watershed management forum, Septic Sense workshops, plus more.
Ice Heave Update: Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has issued an information bulletin for Wabamun Lake residents affected by the January 2 and subsequent ice heaves. That bulletin was sent to all on the WWMC email list. The bulletin outlines the procedures to be followed before commencing any repairs to shoreline damage, with links to application forms and further information. If you are an affected resident or know of an affected resident who has not received the bulletin, download it here. It is important for the health of the lake that this bulletin be thoroughly read and understood, and all regulations followed before any repair of damage occurs.
Ice Heaving: On or about January 2, 2018, the lake ice expanded and heaved up on the north shoreline, from Seba Beach east to about Ascot Beach (as well as other portions of the shore). Damage to the shoreline is extensive in many areas including damage to buildings and structures. Other shores on the lake could also be affected. The following are photos from the north shore, taken January 7.
The last photo shows how the ice pushed a concrete pad into the Seba Beach Heritage Pavilion, causing considerable structural damage. The pavilion has been closed until further notice. Other buildings could be similarly affected. More photos are available for viewing on the WWMC Facebook page.
For an explanation of the phenomenon go to The Power of Lake Ice.
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 lake water level has been as high as 0.225 metres (8.9 inches) above the weir in May, as seen through our Lake Water Level page. Here's a photo taken in early May of the water flowing over the weir.
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.
Riparian Health Assessment
One of the data deficiencies identified about Wabamun Lake is the extent of natural riparian (shoreline) habitats around the lake. In cooperation with the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, the WWMC conducted a study to assess the riparian zone around the lake.