State of the Environment Report Released

Lacombe County’s 2017 State of the Environment Report was released last week, offering people a glimpse into the current conditions of the environment. Using a combination of scientific data and socio-economic factors, the document also offers insight into the various pressures impacting Lacombe County.

Lacombe County recognizes the importance of the environment, and is aware of the role it plays in being a responsible steward of the land. Some highlights of the County’s work include:

  • The release of the Agriculture Guide in 2016, which identifies and supports a long-term vision of agriculture in the County. It identified six priority areas, one being water and environmental management.
  • The reclamation in Crooker Wetland continued, with the site being seeded with native grass species. Trembling aspen and white spruce were also planted on the site.
  • Wetland evaluations conducted along segments of road slated for construction, to determine how wetlands could be affected by these projects and how we could avoid, mitigate, or compensate for wetland impacts.
  • Three grand openings for recreational areas; Sandy Point Beach, Anderson Park, and the Mary & Cliff Soper Natural Area.
  • Support for community groups through the Environmental Improvement Grant Program.
  • Partnerships with local groups on initiatives like:
    o Take it Off Program with the Sylvan Lake Management Committee, to ensure ice fishing huts are removed from the lake to protect the water quality.
    o Take it Off Program on Gull Lake was launched, in partnership with Ponoka County, the Summer Village of Gull Lake, and the Summer Village of Parkland Beach.
    o Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Lacombe County was launched, making Lacombe County the 22nd ALUS community in Canada and the 10th in Alberta.

Anyone interested in learning more about the current conditions of the environment in Lacombe County, including water quality of recreational lakes, wildlife and biodiversity, and waste generation and disposal, are encouraged to read the State of the Environment Report. It can be found on the Lacombe County website (www.lacombecounty.com) and hard copies are available by contacting Lacombe County (403-782-6601).

For more information contact:
Jennifer Berry
Environmental Coordinator
Lacombe County
(403) 782-8959