MOOSE LAKE WATER QUALITY MONITORINGCategory: 2019, Current, Grant, Water
Lakeland Agricultural Research Association with the Moose Lake Watershed Society
Lakeland Agricultural Research Association (LARA) believes in sustainable agriculture. Their environmental program works with farmers in the area to implement best management practices, protect and improve water quality and promotes sustainable land use practices. LARA has been working with various watershed groups for over a decade; in particular the Moose Lake Watershed Society (MLWS).
Moose Lake watershed is agricultural based with several large feedlots and grain operations. In recent years it has been subject to extremely high water levels, along with very severe blooms of cyanobacteria. The residents and users of the lake are calling for action, having over 1600 signatures on a petition for better lake management. Moose Lake is very fortunate to be an ongoing part of the Alberta Lake Management Society (ALMS) LakeWatch Program. However, more data is required to complete a nutrient source report and nutrient budget for the lake. The members of the MLWS are interested in having the community more involved and completing additional testing on the tributaries of Moose Lake on the Thinlake River, Valere Creek, Mooselake River and Bangs Lake outlet.
The Alberta Ecotrust grant will support LARA in partnership with the MLWS to purchase water testing equipment to use to monitor tributaries entering the lake, to enhance an existing water monitoring program.
Tributary/surface water sampling allows for the community to be involved with citizen science and community monitoring. It allows for boots-on-the-ground work to be accomplished to work towards source water protection planning and improve future watershed management. Watershed monitoring will increase watershed literacy, engaging citizens and have the community working towards making a difference in the environment to improve wildlife habitat, protect sensitive riparian areas and fish spawning areas. Working with agricultural producers allows us to demonstrate how land management impacts water quality and shows value in implementing best management practices such as offsite watering systems.