Surface Water Quality & Low Impact Development – Terms of Reference
NEW! Hot off the press: the Preliminary Draft for Pigeon Lake Residents of the: Clean Runoff Action Guide!!!
2016 Clean Runoff Project Work – Based on the Clean Runoff Survey will include:
- Municipal and residential demonstration sites are being established to showcase what we need to do around the lake.
- Preliminary Draft ALBERTA Clean Runoff Action Guide Released July 9th!
- Community planning groups are being engaged to plan how to: inform, educate, inspire, support, track and showcase changes.
- … and much more is happening!!
Email PLWA to become part of the project! firstname.lastname@example.org
According to the in-depth water sampling for the Alberta Government’s report: Pigeon Lake Phosphorus Budget, approximately 2,913 kg of nutrients of diffuse runoff enters the lake each year from all around the lake. See Executive Summary.
Not knowing, we designed water drainage to take the shortest and fastest route to the lake. Even without added fertilizer, it carries nutrients and contaminants into the lake.
The good news is that residents and communities can reduce much of this with simple changes to catch, slow and filter the water runoff. Golf courses, summer camps and others will all be invited to participate as we proceed.
Water runoff is the rainwater and snow melt that flows on and through the ground into the lake from above the water table. It is also referred to as “surface water”. We now know that when we develop land, we decrease the capacity of the ground to slow, absorb and filter the water before it goes into the lake.
Even without the addition of fertilizers, land development greatly increases the amount of water runoff and along with it the nutrients and contaminants entering the lake.
The Team: The PLWMP has partnered with the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership (ALIDP) as an advisor and lead on the development of a “Best Practices” Clean Runoff Guide to show how to incorporate techniques onto properties around the Pigeon Lake watershed. Together we will design a guide that will help watersheds across the province.
Progress to Date:
- 3 or 4 places in Ma-Me-O have been selected for municipal drainage demonstrations.
- A Clean Runoff video on the what and why is in its first stages.
- 4 residential demonstration sites have been selected at Ma-Me-O; Johnsonia; Sundance; and Poplar Bay.
- Clean Runoff Guide professional team selected.
- Clean Runoff Survey:
- Completed in July, highlights reported at the PLWA
- See Survey
- Clean Runoff Report being finalized will be posted soon!
- Topic Introduction:
- An introductory flyer has been produced.
- A survey is now collecting peoples thoughts on the topic.
- Resourcing: Grants have been attained (see below). Summer Village project contributors include: Argentia; Crystal Springs; Itaska; Norris Beach; Poplar Bay; Silver Beach and Sundance.