Sylvan Lake News Articles and Readers’ Views on the Watershed

Steve Dills, Editor of the Sylvan Lake News publishes reports on municipal council meetings and on events and developments that affect the Sylvan Lake watershed.

Here are recent SLN articles and letters to the editor:

Local residents could benefit from recreation facilities plan

County agreed to increased costs for regional lift station

Majority agreed with council’s decision not to mess with lake level

Water, water and more water discussed at Norglenwold meeting

Sandy beaches at Sylvan Lake a thing of the past

Clean out Outlet Creek instead of spending money on more sand

Evaporation won’t cure problem, excess water must be let out of the lake  

TSL wants a beach on the waterfront-SLN-2012-05-31

Birchcliff seeking provincial funding to proceed with sewer system-SLN-2012-05-24

Frustrated trying to get onto lake-SLN Letter-2012-05-24

Sylvan Lake Subdivision Activity in LC-SLN-2012-02-16

Appeal of plan for development withdrawn by LC-SLN-2012-01-19

Developers required to provide recreational amenities-SLN-2012-04-12

Marina Project Sent Back for Revision-SLN-2012-04-12

Decision on marina delayed-SLN-2012-04-28

Lake’s outlet channel operating as it should-SLN-2012-04-28

County planning new parking lot for Sunbreaker Cove-SLN-2012-05-03

Slopes received approvals from Lacombe County-SLN-2012-05-03

Plan to establish cumulative effects system for lake supported-SLN-2012-01-19

Important older articles from the Sylvan Lake News:

Evaporation best solution for reducing lake water level-SLN-2011-08-04

SLN Letters on Lake Level-SLN-2011-08-04

TSL should take stronger action to protect lake-SLN-2011-07-15

Watershed Government Proposed-SLN-2009-03-27

Restricted Motor Boat Use-SLN-2009-03-27

Skyy Country Public Meeting-2009-03-04-SLN

Sylvan Lake News – Nutrient Loading Could Harm Lake-SLN-2005-03-30

The Alberta Environment’s Sylvan Lake Poster

Alberta Environment (now Alberta Environment and Sustainable resource Development) issued a series of posters on the recreational lakes in Central Alberta.

This low resolution version of the Sylvan Lake graphic contains useful facts about the watershed:

Click on the image to enlarge it.

The high resolution 10 MB file for printing posters can be opened and saved by clicking on this URL:

Ice Fishing Hut Project Presentation

The Sylvan Lake Management Committee (SLMC)  chair Beverly Anderson of Norglenwold and SLMC vice-chair and Mayor Susan Samson of the Town of Sylvan lake championed the “Ice Fishing Hut” project that is summarized in this presentation:

Ice Fishing Hut Presentation 2012

Many interested representatives of the watershed municipalities, provincial government agencies, and law enforcement cooperated to complete this project successfully.

Watershed Report Card Preview

What will the Sylvan Lake watershed look like in the future?

Annual reports by the watershed municipalities to Municipal Affairs contain some important population, land use and financial data that can be scaled up to indicate the changes that will occur in the next few decades in the growth projections hold.

Baseline data for the reporting year 2009 are increased by the ratio of populations shown in the previous SLWSS News post.

Sooner or later a population equivalent to today’s City of Red Deer will have to be compressed within the boundary of the watershed.

The corresponding land use changes will inevitably place increased stress on the lake water quality and quantity, and on all the natural capital. Municipal budgets for watershed services will expand dramatically and provincial expenditures for health, education and infrastructure will increase several-fold.

Sylvan Lake Report-Population Scaleup for Three Scenarios

Bayview Cafe Pie Baked for Henry Sielmann Farewell

Henry Sielmann joined SLWSS members Kim Schmitt, Graeme Strathdee and Mike Williamson at the Bayview Cafe on May 11. Henry served as a SLWSS director and managed a photography contest, redesigned the website, and started the ice hut project. He also was an active member of the Jazz Society.

Sheree Davies, proprietor of the Bayview Cafe baked an apple pie for the occasion. A similar tasty pie will be entered into the 1913 Days Pie Competition and Auction. Sheree has selected the SLWSS as her designated partner and we will share in the auction proceeds if she wins. So contribute to the campaign by dropping toonies in the Bayview Cafe jar.

Claims Staked for Land Development in the Watershed

Both the Town of Sylvan Lake and the County of Lacombe have published reports and maps that define the land areas  proposed for future development.

The following map overlays excerpts from two municipal plans on a Google Earth image of the Sylvan Lake watershed.

Land Development Areas in the Sylvan Lake watershed

Note: Click on the link to open the pdf file in another window. You can then save the file om your own computer. Alternatively, right-click on the link and Save the Target to a folder on your computer.

The section of the Lacombe County Area Structure Plan map is extracted from this report (20 MB download).

The section of the Town of Sylvan Lake land use map is extracted from the Growth Strategy (9.5 MB download).