Water Conversation: Healthy Lakes

A favourite summer holiday moment for many Albertans is finally cresting the hill after a long drive to catch the first glimpse of the shimmering lake ahead. The beauty is always breathtaking.

Lakes are an important part of Alberta’s natural landscape. They attract thousands of visitors for a summer of fun, fishing and boating with friends and family. For many Albertans, lakes are part of the community they live, and heavily contribute to their economic and social well-being.

Alberta’s lakes are unique from others across Canada. How they formed thousands of years ago made them naturally rich in nutrients. Because of this, our lakes are especially vulnerable to the effects of additional nutrients – from both natural and human sources. Increased algae and vegetation growth alters our lakes, making them difficult to enjoy.

As our province grows, the pressure and demand on our lakes increase. Human activities like urban and agricultural run-off and shoreline development can all contribute to nutrient changes.

Albertans already have a strong stewardship ethic to help manage, support and promote the health of our lakes – but it is clear we need to give more thought to how we address future pressures. Some key questions are:

  • Who is responsible and accountable for overall lake management?
  • How should we govern our lakes?
  • Should there be a stronger linkage of economic, environmental and social considerations?

Cover of the Water Conversation guideWe’d like to hear your thoughts on the future of Alberta’s lakes.

You can learn more about the challenges and path forward on our website and by reading the healthy lake section in the conversation guide.

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Thanks – we look forward to hearing from you!

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