key1. Cosmetic Fertilizers & Soil Management

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Nutrients make the lake productive, which includes the promotion of algae blooms.  Phosphorous is connected to the Cyanobacteria (most often referred to as Blue-Green Algae).

The Cosmetic Fertilizer Topic Committee learned from research and experts.  Based on the science and a survey of the watershed community  recommendations for lawn maintenance practices and municipality regulations were developed.

Support the on-going Healthy Lake Lawn Campaign by contacting the PLWA at


2. Model Land Use Bylaw (MLUB)

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The MLUB Committee hired an expert to work with the committee and a  model land use bylaw was created to help ensure that land developed or redeveloped is design with what the lake needs in mind, for all land development and redevelopment for the land within 800 metres from the lake, all around the lake.

It has been designed to guide and support municipalities to review and adopt all or part of the MLUB into their land use & environmental regulations.

These can also guide lot owners, architects, and landscapers involved in lot development and changes.   Use it to to help minimize your impact as  Pigeon Lake needs you to design and develop for the health of the lake.

Protect your investment and find ways to enjoy the lake with your family keeping these guidelines in mind.  Remember to know your municipality regulations and Be Part of the Solution!

Depending on funding, we hope to create illustrations of many of these recommendations to distributed to watershed residents.


3.   Surface Water Runoff

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Water that runs off the land directly into the lake without filtration often carries nutrients and contaminants into the lake with it.  We need to put the lake onto a low nutrient diet without contaminants. 

This topic is being scoped now.  Grants have been submitted to assist with the work.  This topic will include determining and developing resources to engage inspire watershed residents and municipalities to adopt methods to catch, slow and filter the water .  Let’s restrict the lake’s nutrient diet, reduce the algae and create a healthier fish habitat.   

Further information will be coming …


The following are “Potential Topics” in no particular order.

4. Riparian / Shoreline Restoration and Management

Healthy shorelines are very important for many reasons including the filtrating contaminants out of the water moving into the lake and erosion control.   A healthy shoreline is important for most living things in and around the lake providing food, shelter, homes, nesting sites for birds, bugs and lake biota ; as well as, corridors for important wildlife movement around the lake.  This work would determine where and how to do the shoreline restoration work. 

No further information is available at this time.

Please know that in the interim of a full lake PLWMP Riparian Restoration Plan, the PLWA continues to work with individuals and municipalities to restore shoreline and creek flowing into the lake.

5. Land Conservation & Protecting Priority Landscapes (Areas in the PL Watershed)

Healthy watersheds retain a good percentage of natural areas for the services they provide.  Areas such as peat land, critical plant and animal habitat (traditional medicines, endangered species), areas that naturally collect surface water runoff, and/or have cultural, historical and/or important significance.  This topic would identify and prioritize at least some of these important areas, as well as how we’d could best protect them (land conservancies, purchasing, easements). 

Please know that in the interim to the creation of a Pigeon Lake Land Conservation Plan for the Protection of Priority Landscapes, two PLWA Directors have been participating on an Environmental Sensitives Area process for the watershed in the Leduc County portion of the lake.

6. Stewardship by the Watershed Community Members

A review of what watershed community land owners have done beyond the other topics to steward their property and communities in a way that is healthy for the lake.  It could produce a planned approach for what, why and how to get the watershed community to step up its stewardship practices.

No further information is available at this time.

Please know that the PLWA continues to support on-going stewardship programs such as “Living by Water”, and “Love the Lake Family Day” and has many stewardship resources at

7. Land Development Practices

Beyond the 800 metres and what is included in the MLUB, other Land Development Practices for land development and redevelopment.

No further information is available at this time.

8. Agriculture Best Practices

Working with as many Farmer’s as possible in the watershed, the exploration of what Agriculture Best Practices should be recommended and adopted for Farm Operations.

No further information is available at this time.

Please know that County and Provincial Agriculture staff sit on the PLWMP steering committee.  The Province has drafted best practices for farm operators and the PLWA supports the on-going education and resources available for farm operators to minimize and filter the runoff from their fields.  Read Agriculture Best Practices  posted on the PLWA website.

9. Oil & Gas Sector Best Practices

Working with as many Oil & Gas companies as possible with operations in the watershed, the exploration of what Oil & Gas Best Practices should be recommended and adopted for the industry when working in the Pigeon Lake Watershed.  This topic could include issues, such as abandoned wells in the watershed and the development of a plan for dealing with them.

No further information is available at this time.

Please know that the PLWA attended four of the Provinces Water Conversation Sessions and advocated to protect head waters and watersheds, keeping oil and gas fracking out of these areas and not to use lake water for these operations.


10. New Pigeon Lake Atlas

Up to date information on Pigeon Lake and the watershed which could include geographical, biological and other watershed features; historical, current social and economic information.  Some of the information that will end up in the Pigeon Lake Atlas will be available in the interim via “Know Your Watershed” listed on the Homepage.

No further information is available at this time.

Please know that we are collecting information for a New Pigeon Lake Atlas as we work on each of the topics. 


#. Finished Topics

Topics that have been “finished”.

Healthy Watershed  •  Healthy Lake  •  Healthy Communities