LICA is one of eleven Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) in Alberta. We are the WPAC for the Beaver River Watershed. WPACs are designated by the Government of Alberta to carry out planning and education functions through the Water for Life Strategy (2003). The end goals include:
- healthy aquatic ecosystems
- reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy
- a safe secure drinking water supply
State of the Watershed
A cornerstone initiative of the BRWA is the 2013 State of the Beaver River Watershed Summary Report. This report uses watershed health indicators to assess how current and historical conditions across the Beaver River watershed match up against ideal conditions.
An Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) is a guiding document for use by landowners, governments, planners, and all other stakeholders in a watershed. An IWMP identifies overall goals for improving or maintaining watershed health, and provides recommendations on how to reach those goals.
IWMPs are not legally binding documents, but they are valuable tools for decision-makers to integrate environmental, economic, and social concerns of a watershed.
The WPAC is developing an IWMP. Stakeholder groups and individuals in the community are invited to get involved – please contact us. Stakeholder involvement in the planning process will lead to a plan that considers everyone’s issues and interests.
The WPAC strongly supports the work of local lake and watershed stewardship groups. Due to the high number of accessible recreational lakes in the watershed, there are several groups of local citizens committed to the health of their lakes.
Whenever possible, the WPAC will work with these stewardship groups in one of the following ways:
- Partnerships on assessment and reporting initiatives (including cost sharing)
- Support of management planning objectives, notable on-the-ground restoration work
- Partnerships on education and awareness campaigns
- Technical support in management planning, grant writing, and other initiatives.
KEEP OUR LAKE BLUE CAMPAIGN
In the summer of 2019, LICA partnered with the Moose Lake Watershed Society to launch a campaign encouraging people to take action to reduce runoff and pollutants, such as phosphorus, from entering Moose Lake. Residents around Moose Lake were invited to take one new action to reduce runoff and pollutants on their properties. Households that signed up to Keep our Lake Blue received a lawn sign to display their commitment to clean water, and they were provided with a list of 52 actions they could take to reduce runoff and pollutants. From this list, the average household implemented 2 new actions this summer, took 31 actions in previous years, and did not take 17 of the actions. Upon receiving the campaign information, one resident changed his plan to install an asphalt driveway to a driveway with a permeable surface.
LICA looks forward to partnering with the Moose Lake Watershed Society in the summer of 2020 to expand the Keep our Lake Blue campaign.