Lacombe County Wins OTIS Award

For Being OutsTanding In Stewardship

The Battle River Watershed Alliance recognizes local youth, individuals, and businesses/organizations for being OTIS: OutsTanding In Stewardship.

The OTIS Award is a way to recognize community members of the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds who are OutsTanding In Stewardship.  Stewardship can be defined as “the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving”. To the Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA), a steward is someone who takes action to make the watershed a better place to live for all life and for the life of future generations.

The 2013 OTIS Award winners are:
In the Youth category: Maven Boddy and the Golden Prairie 4H club of Forestburg for their riparian restoration project along the Battle River near Galahad.

In the Individual category: Mike Black for his dedication to the preservation of the Mount Butte Natural Area at Battle Lake.

In the Business/Organization category: Lacombe County for their environmental management work.

See the complete Media Release below:

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Alberta Wetland Policies and how they affect you

In September 2013 Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) released a new Wetland Policy. The policy outlines how the province will conduct wetland management in Alberta from 2014 and beyond. Prior to the 2013 Wetland Policy there were two other important documents released, the Wetland Management in the Settled Area of Alberta report 1993 and the Provincial Wetland Restoration and Compensation Guide 2007. Each of these documents effects the residents within Lacombe County as it outlines the provinces stance on wetland management. The 1993 report and the 2007 report are currently being used as the guiding documents and as such any wetland disturbance is managed under these guidelines until the 2013 Wetland Policy is endorsed.

We encourage all land owners and residents of Lacombe County to become familiar with these documents and please contact ESRD directly at their Central Office in Red Deer on 403-340-7052 or Lacombe County’s Environmental Coordinator, Blayne West on 403-782-6601 if you have any questions or concerns.

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Lacombe County Trail - We want to hear from you!

With the final pieces of the Lacombe-Blackfalds trail being finished we want to hear what you think. Whether you’re a first time user or a regular visitor to the trail, your opinion matters.

To help us gather some of your thoughts and feelings regarding the trail we will be sending out Lacombe County staff members to survey trail users - but we are also encouraging emails, letters and phone calls to the County. Specifically we are looking for feedback on your level of overall enjoyment of the trail, the safety aspects of the trail including signage and multiple user groups, and if you are enjoying the new interpretive signs. 

Therefore next time you are on the trail, if you see a staff member yielding a survey, please stop for a minute or two and provide us with your thoughts.

2012 State of the Environment Report

2012 State of the Environment Report for Lacombe County

A State of the Environment Report is an important tool for Lacombe County.  It provides a snapshot of the current condition of the environment and the pressures that impact it.  This document examines the state of the environment in Lacombe County through a scientific and socio-economic planning structure.  The scientific approach focuses on analysing available data to identify and assess changes in the environment over time.  The planning approach uses social norms to compare and rank alternative choices, to balance environmental, economic and social objectives, and to initiate management options. 

The report outlines community perception, scientific data, current environmental legislation and environmental extension programs.  It is a compilation of information gathered from various sources and provides us with a baseline.  It does not include management recommendations or future planning considerations.  This document is a snapshot in time; it represents only the data that is available at the time of writing.  


Environmental Research Reports

Results from the telephone survey and the Focus groups are available below and will be published in the July County News. Executive summaries for both consultations as well as the full reports may be accessed through the links below. Alternatively, printed copies may be requested from Environmental Coordinator Blayne Petrowicz by phoning 403-782-6601 or emailng Blayne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Environmental Services


Initially started to deal with animal diseases under the Agriculture Services Board Act, Environmental Services has expanded to include many facets of agriculture, including:

  • weed control
  • pest control
  • horticulture and tree planting
  • soil conservation

Agriculture has now been given a section of its own in these pages, for the convenience of our ratepayers and to reflect our agricultural roots as a county.

Environmental Planning has become an increasingly important aspect of modern rural life, which you will see reflected in the topics and articles appearing in these pages.