Lake Stewardship & Education (See the resources and programs below)
The lake is a wonderful place, though unwittingly people over the years acted in ways not good for the lake. We did not know. These individual actions have contributed to water quality decline, primarily due to nutrient loading, shoreline modifications, changing environmental factors, and development in the watershed. The land and aquatic environmental systems have suffered. Alongside the downward water monitoring trends, are concerning events such as the significant fish die-offs (2010 and 2013), along with an increase in algae bloom outbreaks including cyanobacteria (potentially toxic blue-green algae). Together these events have impacted the quality of life. It is both a privlege and a responsibility to be at the lake, and now we know that everyone needs to be a healthy lake steward as we live, work and play. The lake needs our help and together we CAN help the lake.
While the water studies conducted in 2012/13 show that nutrients are going into the water from all around the lake, significant amounts can be limited. This will help the water quality. The drainage stormwater carries into the lake fertilizers and pollutants. These can be stopped via the elimination of lawn fertilizers, restoring the health of our shorelines to act as filters and other acts and by enhancing the natural areas so they can help by filtering what goes into the lake and keep the connected web of life healthy.
Many resources and programs are available with the assistance of our Healthy Lake Partners include:
The resources are available through the support of our Funders and Sponsors include:
We need to be making decisions which respect living with nature.
The PLWA envisions Pigeon Lake watershed residents and visitors becoming more aware of their impact and taking actions to improve the health of the Lake so we can enjoy the lake for years to come. Everyone can become a healthy lake steward by minimizing their own impact on the land and water. Please find the resources and programs to learn and to enjoy our beautiful lake.
Biodiversity of Pigeon Lake: Pigeon Lake is an incredibly diverse area with so many different types of plants and animals. 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.