Information and Notices for Kapasiwin

 


Regular Council Meeting

Our Regular Council Meeting Information Will be Posted Here:

* Next Meeting is TBD *

The meeting will commence via Zoom

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Meeting ID: 869 9751 1412
Passcode: 504036

Please contact Administration for call-in details.


Attention: New Residents!

The Land Title Office is currently experiencing a substantial increase in real estate transactions, which has created a backlog.

Therefore, if you have recently purchased a property in the Summer Village of Kapasiwin (in the past 3 months), we may not have received notification and ask that you contact the Administration Office as soon as possible to provide the new owner and address details.

Please call us at 780.691.4465 between 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday.


Wabamun Watershed - A Plan For All Seasons

Let's Go Outdoors says:
It was an absolute pleasure to work with the fantastic volunteers at the Wabamun Lake Watershed Council. In this video, I continue my understanding of the Wabamun Lake Watershed plan and how many partners representing various levels of government and volunteers have come together to work towards a common goal. As you will see, the work required to maintain a healthy watershed is a year-round process.

Click to Watch the video from Youtube: Wabamun Watershed - A Plan For All Seasons

Let's Go Outdoors is based in Alberta, Canada. Host Michael Short runs a fully integrated media company that provides outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists with news and info about Alberta's outdoors.


A Watershed For All

Take a look at the work being done by the volunteers of the Wabamun Lake Steering committee. These folks have been working on behalf of all of us who enjoy spending time at this wonderful Lake just west of Edmonton. Recently a Watershed Plan was released by the committee that worked closely with other stakeholders within the watershed. This is just a brief overview of some of the issues Wabamun Lake faces.

Watch the video: A Watershed For All

Let's Go Outdoors is based in Alberta, Canada. Host, Michael Short runs a fully integrated media company that provides outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists with news and info about Alberta's outdoors.


Wabamun Watershed Management Council

November 17 at 10:08 AM  ·  Written by Neil Fleming

Environment Canada reported that during construction this past spring, the lake level reporting unit near the Wabamun marina was damaged resulting in no reporting data for Wabamun Lake being available. The unit has been relocated near the Sundance Power plant and is again operational. The bad news is that the current level is 724.04M above sea level, or about 51cm (20”) below the level of the weir, (724.55M). For perspective, the current level is still about 20cm above the record low in 2003 and about 1.13M below the record high in 1927. This low level means that no water has flowed from the lake for almost 2 years, making the lake stagnant and more susceptible to nutrients and pollution entering it.

Whenever the issue of lake level is discussed, the conversation inevitably turns to the TransAlta water treatment plant (WTP). In recent posts, I have attempted to explain the purpose and function of the WTP, which maybe bear repeating.

Firstly, the purpose of the WTP was never to artificially control the lake level.

As a condition of their license to operate the Highvale mine, on the south side of the lake, TransAlta is required to contain all the precipitation falling on the mine site to prevent contaminated water from entering the lake. The water is diverted to their cooling ponds from where water is drawn and treated before being pumped to the lake. The amount of water to be pumped is calculated to be equal to the amount of water that would normally have reached the lake had the coal mine not existed. The goal is to mimic as closely as possible, natural inflows to the lake. So, when operating as designed, the net effect of the WTP is zero.

A major storm event resulted in the WTP being offline for about 1.5 years, but it has now been repaired and operational since August. Our very rough calculations suggest that the WTP contributes about 2.5 vertical inches to the lake level on an average year. We estimate that the lake level would be about 4 inches, (10cm) higher had pumping not been interrupted. The “water debt” that accrued during the period the WTP was not operating will be “repaid” by incremental volumes over the next two years (approximately).

In dry periods, like we are currently experiencing, evaporation results in water loss and greater nutrient concentrations which contribute to increased aquatic vegetative growth and algae blooms.

The cyclical nature of the water level is displayed by the graph on the Water Level page of our website WWMC.ca and emphasized by the fact that only 2 years ago, many were complaining that the lake was too high!

You are encouraged to visit our website, WWMC.ca to get a better understanding of the factors contributing to lake level.

Written by Neil Fleming


The Science Behind the Ribbon of Life

Why Vegetated Shoreline Buffers Matter

 

What is the Ribbon of Life and why is it essential to the health and sustainable use of waterfront properties?

The ‘Ribbon of Life’ is the natural shield protecting our freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams. It is what mitigates erosion, protecting the beauty and property values of waterfront properties. It is a haven for wildlife. It is a key natural feature increasing resilience to climate change for people and wildlife.

Watersheds Canada’s survey of nearly 200 Ontario freshwater stakeholders found that the science of inland water ecosystems was the least understood area of shoreline stewardship.  

Please view Watersheds Canada’s Chris Dennison on November 28, 2022, as he discusses the scientific literature supporting the restoration and maintenance of native vegetation on shorelands and the importance of informed policies that protect both properties and the environment.

Please click the link: The Science Behind: Vegetated Shoreland Buffers


The Stage 3 Wabamun Vision survey is now live! 

Click the link: Wabamun Survey Stage 3


Notice of Blue Green Algae Health Advisory

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom advisory was issued for Wabamun Lake

August 26, 2022

EDMONTON ZONE – A blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom has been identified in areas of Wabamun Lake, located within the Edmonton Zone of Alberta Health Services. Residents living near the shores of this lake, as well as visitors to this lake, are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Avoid all contact with blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms. If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.
  • Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to swim or wade) in any areas where blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is visible.
  • Do not feed whole fish or fish trimmings from this lake to your pets.
  • Consider limiting human consumption of whole fish and fish trimmings from this lake, as it is known that fish may store toxins in their liver. (People can safely consume fish fillets from this lake).

As always, visitors and residents are reminded to never drink or cook with untreated water directly from any recreational body of water, including Wabamun Lake, at any time. Boiling this water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae. An alternate source of drinking water should also be provided for pets and livestock while this advisory is active.

Blue-green algae are naturally occurring and often become visible when weather conditions are calm. Appearing like scum, grass clippings, fuzz, or globs on the surface of the water, blue-green algae can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, and/or pinkish-red, and often smells musty or grassy.

People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae or who ingest water containing blue-green algae may experience skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days. Symptoms in children are often more pronounced; however, all humans are at risk of these symptoms. 

Weather and wind conditions can cause algae blooms to move from one location in the lake to another. Due to this, the advisory will remain in effect for Wabamun Lake until further notice.  

Please note that areas of Wabamun Lake in which the blue-green algae bloom is NOT visible can still be used for recreational purposes, even while this blue-green algae Health Advisory is in place.

If you suspect a problem related to blue-green algae, or if you require further information on health concerns and blue-green algae, please call Health Link at 811. Additional information is also available online, at ahs.ca/bga.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health support and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans


Forest Management Assessment

Kapasiwin Forest Assessment 2022.pdf • 443 KB

 


Land Use Bylaw Update

The Summer Village of Kapasiwin is embarking on a project to update the Land Use Bylaw!
The Land Use Bylaw, or LUB, is one of the Summer Village’s primary planning documents that regulate the use and development of land and buildings in the Summer Village.

Check out the Project Newsletter to learn more about what a Land Use Bylaw is, the project timeline, and opportunities for you to get involved.

Click here: Project Newsletter


Highvale Mine Decommissioning and Reclamation Plan February 2022

Highvale Mine Decom Reclamation Feb. 2022.pdf • 3.9 MB


Our Regular Council Meetings will be posted here:

* Next Meeting is TBD *

Meeting will commence by Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking HERE
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Meeting ID: 869 9751 1412
Passcode: 504036

Please contact adminstration for call-in details.


Waste Management Documents


Lakeshore Guidelines

The Government of Alberta Environmental Protection Officer has issued a Warning Notice to all Municipalities around Lake Wabamun that numerous activities have been potentially done in contravention of the Water Act. Please read the attached PDF for details.

Residents who disregard the health of lake ecosystems may be subject to enforcement action under the Water Act.

Guidelines for Lakeshore Development Use can be found at  the following Alberta Government Web page "www.srd.gov.ab.ca/".

Further information is also available at the Wabamun Watershed Management Council Web Page "www.wwmc.ca/".

A Homesite Consultation program is available to residents around Lake Wabamun by sending a email to "info@kapasiwinalberta.com"

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