Stewardship & Education

Lake Stewardship & Education 

Everyone can become a healthy lake steward by minimizing their own impact on the land and water.  Please check out the Lake wise resources and programs below to learn and to enjoy our beautiful lake.

 LakeWise: Invasive Species Citizen Action 

The lake wise project was funded in part through the Watershed Stewardship Grant, a program of Land Stewardship Centre financed by Alberta Environment and Parks.

Biodiversity of Pigeon Lake: Pigeon Lake is an incredibly diverse area with so many different types of plants and animals. This natural diversity is threatened by invasive species. Learn more...

Click here for a fact sheet that features some of the natural diversity around Pigeon Lake. Make it an activity and turn it into a scavenger hunt for the whole family. 

Shoreline Plants (Good & Bad) & Aquatic Invasive Species

Invasive Plants:  Invasive plants have come uninvited to our shores.  Plants that evolve here are a natural part of the web of life and contribute in many roles.  Invasive plants did not evolve as a part of the ecosystem and have an unfair advantage, and often taking important space away from the many other plants that do contribute to the health and reslience of the ecosystem.  

Report invasive species by calling AEP at 1-855-336-BOAT(2628)

Threats!!   Help Prevent Aquatic Species getting into Pigeon Lake

CLEAN+DRAIN+DRY Quiz for Pigeon Lake Boaters
5 points - Do you know the answers?

Aquatic mussels and Eurasian milfoil have been found in boats and trailers coming across borders into Alberta.  We must adopt new practices to prevent them entering into our lake - AND we must tell our guests.  Learn more:
PLWA Aquatic Species Alert (2 pages with pictures)
Invaders Invading! (2 pages from AEP specialists)
Aquatic Invasive Species ppt presentation from the CARL conference

Quick Reference: Shoreline Invasive Plants (pdf)

The reference includes six invasive shoreline plants that need to be removed from our shoreline. Print off the first two pages and take the handy reference with good pictures with you to the shore.  It includes information about each plant and how to remove them. The sheet also includes links to more information.  

Eradicate This Invasive Weed: Himalayan Balsam

This one of the worst weeds because it is so pretty yet one plant can produce many seeds that when the plant is mature can shoot out when touched. These seeds can remain dormant in the soil for two to three years.  It will take the diligence of many people to reduce or eradicate this weed.


Alberta Invasive Species Council (AISC)

Excellent information and pictures on a wide range of Alberta plants, and aquatic invasive species including the invasive plants found in the Pigeon Lake Watershed.  See the great Grow Me Instead Brochure and other resources on their site.

What's a Wildflower, What's a Weed

Riparian / Shoreline Plants in the Pigeon Lake Area presentations to encourage stewardship by providing people with information about:   

  • Section 1: Functions and elements of a healthy shoreline;  Native shoreline Trees and Shrubs; and Native Grass, Reeds, Sedges and Bulrushes
  • Section 2:  Native Wildflowers for Shoreline Areas
  • Section 3:  Weeds found in the Shoreline Areas

Native Plants

Edmonton Area Native Plant Suppliers (pdf)

Tree Planting Around Pigeon Lake: Help the lake by enhancing the shoreline with beautiful native trees.  This references has information about planting native on your lake lot or within your Summer Village. It also provides information and links to the Prairie Shelterbelt Program for rural land owners or those wishing to plant large amounts of trees.

Water Quality 

Pigeon Lake 2018 Lake Summary Report

Shoreline Clean-ups

Read of the good work of all the Pigeon Lake Stewards who annually walk the shorelines picking up debris that is bad for the lake water quality and the living organisms in the lake.  See here the report of what has been picked up.  It may surprise you!

Living and Being a Healthy Lake Steward


Healthy-Lake Lawns

Science, runoff and soil experts tell us that we can control the nutrients that are going into the lake.  Learn more about how to have a nice lawn with better grass and no fertilizers. Learn more

Living on the Waterfront: The Alberta Guide for Shoreline Living

A highly recommended handbook for lake shoreline users and cottagers to help improve water quality and shoreline ecology.   It includes tips for boating and recreation, construction, septic systems, docks, and landscaping to reduce impacts and co-exist with wild life.

Love The Lake

Quick easy ways for Landowners in the Pigeon Lake Watershed to show your commitment to the Lake.


Healthy Shorelines

Representatives from various conservation agencies and local and provincial government departments met to discuss concerns, opportunities and the potential for working together and with communities to bring about environmentally friendly land use practices in riparian areas and the overall watershed. From that fall meeting a "Core" group of people and agencies "teamed up" to determine just how they wanted to approach this challenge.


 Top 5 Recommendations For a Healthy Shoreline


Guidelines For Lakeshore Use

Sustainable Resource Development (SRD), explains approvals and regulatory requirements and various types of shorelands and provides links to programs available through the Government of Alberta to assist property owners to reduce their impact on the watershed.


Cows and Fish

The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society provides technical assistance and information management ideas to help producers and community members make informed decision for their operations near riparian (green areas) on streams and lakes.


Alberta Conservation Association - Caring for Shoreline Properties (pdf)


Living by Water Project

A handbook for lake shoreline users and cottagers to help improve water quality and shoreline ecology:, includes tips for boating and recreation, construction, septic systems, docks, and landscaping to reduce impacts and co-exist with wild life

Love our Birds



Birds of Pigeon Lake - Name that Bird
Picture riddle: Test your knowledge of the birds of Pigeon Lake. The Lake is home to many types of birds, whether it's just a stop during migration, a summer home, or a year-round residence. Can you name these birds?

Pigeon Lake Waterfowl Pamphlet

This useful pamphlet includes:
 - Water birds common to Pigeon Lake
 - Nesting and loading areas
 - Eating habits
 - Mitigating measures to waterfowl using manmade strucutres, including details of proper dock & boat setup.

The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Alberta

This is a must have reference for anyone who enjoys birds.  In addition to the picture and factors about each different type of bird there is also:

 - General Distribution Maps
 - Distribution Change
 - Reporting Rate Map
 - Habitat Preference Charts

Wood Duck Boxes

Give some cavernous nesting ducks, other birds and small animals a home by purchasing from a local person or by building your own wood duck box.   Learn more here!

 Ground Water

Working Well - Fact Sheet (pdf)

90% of rural Albertan’s get their drinking water from a well. Read the fact sheet for details about having a working well that is providing clean, safe water.

Water Quality Awareness

Water Quality Conditions and Long-Term Trends in Alberta Lakes - A Government of Alberta Report (pdf)

Alberta Lake Management Society

The PLWA works with ALMS to ensure lake monitoring is conducted each year. There is also a lot of good information on their website. Learn how to help improve water quality for Alberta’s Lakes and increase environmental awareness: programs, workshops, news & events, resources.  Find there the Pigeon Lake, 2001 LakeWatch report.  

Working In And Around Water

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, explains what you need to do when working in or near water to protect fish and fish habitat and the application of the Fisheries Act.


Guide to Sewage Holding Tanks (pdf)

Agriculture in the Watershed

Agriculture Best Practices

Alberta Environmental Farm Plan Company

A non-profit company of industry, government and others working with farmers and ranchers to identify opportunities for environmental stewardship: includes Collaborative, voluntary, science-based and confidential programs, environmental workshops, safety programs, forums, newsletters and articles.


Recommended Cleaning Products

More Watershed and Stewardship Groups & PLWA Partners

Nature Alberta

PLWA works with Nature Alberta to bring Living-by-Water Homesite Consultants to you.

Battle River Watershed Alliance

Community partnerships to improve the ecology of the Battle River watershed, including planning, forums, maps and data, kids stuff section and newsletters

Alberta Lake Management Society

The purpose of the Society is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of lakes and reservoirs and their watersheds.  ALMS has been one of Pigeon Lake's key "Healthy Lake" Partners participating in the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management work and doing the annual LakeWatch Program at Pigeon Lake (via the PLWA) to help ensure that we can determine the long-term water quality trends.  We recommend subscribing to their newsletters which enable one to better appreciate Alberta prairie lakes.

Environmental Law Centre

Provides objective information and sources about environmental and natural resource law: includes services, programs, reports, fact sheets, library, and links to resources dealing with environmental issues.

These resources are available with the help of experts from the Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Invasive Species Council, Alberta Lake Management Society, the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership, ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc, Cows and Fish, Edmonton Native Plant Society, and with the support of our Funders and Sponsors include:


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Make a Difference 

Pigeon Lake Watershed Association has a Family of Endowed Funds with the Edmonton Community Foundation. To contribute, please contact Noel Xavier at

PLWA Charitable BN/Registration Number
85541 4785 RR 0001


Pigeon Lake Watershed Association
P.O. Box 1353
Calmar, Alberta
T0C 0V0


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