LAC LA BICHE WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP OPEN HOUSE SERIESCategory: 2019, Community Grant, Current, Grant, Water
Lac La Biche is a popular destination lake for numerous recreation activities. The hamlets of Lac La Biche and Plamondon are on or near the shores of the lake, and the Lac La Biche watershed is important for economic activities including agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, tourism and recreation, and two Provincial Parks. Lac La Biche has experienced recent declines in water quality and fish populations, leading to widespread and recurring algal blooms, as well as fishery closures. While Lac La Biche is naturally eutrophic, scientific research by Living Lakes Canada advisor Dr. David Schindler describes cultural eutrophication as the cause of the increasing size and abundance of such blooms.
The Lac La Biche Region Watershed Stewardship Society will hold up to fifteen Open Houses on watershed stewardship, using infographics and displays to present information on watershed stewardship to local lakeshore communities across Lac La Biche County.
The Open Houses will be designed to support, and encourage engagement in, the Watershed Management Plan Review process. Information will include the Water For Life Strategy, other relevant provincial legislation and policies, relevant guidance from research studies that have been conducted over the years, the Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping project, and relevant County initiatives.