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News and Upcoming Events

Environmental Farm Plans!

LSWC staff can help you complete your EFP from start to finish!  

The LSWC staff are trained EFP technicians and can help you complete an EFP, which is often a prerequisite to funding and grant opportunities! Reach out to our office to get started on your EFP and talk about the different opportunities we have to help support projects on your land! 

ALUS in Big Lakes

The ALUS Program, originally started as the Alternative Land Use Services Program, set out as a community-based initiative to work with landowners to help find natural solutions to issues they were facing on their land. The program's chief goal is to promote environmental stewardship and provide landowners the opportunity to consider conservation as a means of land management that would benefit them, their land, and their operations in. The program is producer driven, meaning it runs on the schedule of the producer, based on their interests, and works to provide solutions on a project-by-project basis. It is by no means a one-size-fits-all model! ALUS coordinators are partners working hand in hand with landowners to make real change across Alberta, and Canada! ALUS is currently in 31 communities across Canada and has invested over $12 million in projects across Canada! With over 1,103 producer partners and 32,134 acres enrolled with ALUS since 2021, ALUS is thriving on support from its communities and partners!

 

Examples of the kinds of projects ALUS supports:

  • Alternative watering systems
  • Promoting biodiversity
  • Supporting beneficial management practices
  • Enhanced grazing
  • Riparian Fencing
  • Geo-Engineering
  • Supporting pollinators
  • Regenerative agriculture and revegetation
  • Riparian enhancement
  • Restoring native species and supporting species at risk
  • Enhancing wetlands
  • Supporting wildlife management

Education Programs from the LSWC!

Did you know that the LSWC offers FREE education supports to residents of the Lesser Slave Watershed? From What is a Watershed and an overview of our area to Watershed Wise and Stewardship, Erosion and Weathering and so much more!

Check out our education page for more information

Our programs are 100% free to book and customizable to your group! Topics are curriculum linked and include activities to engage students of all ages! Not a teacher? We do presentations to youth groups, workshops for concerned citizens and work with the residents of the Watershed to share information and resources to help protect our waters through good stewardship practices! 

To learn more or to book a presentation, get in touch with our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Alyssa Belanger at [email protected] or by phone in (780) 523-9800!

Eyes on Slave Lake is LIVE! 

After many months of work, challenges and road blocks, our exciting new project is here! Spread the word!!! Our new feature is called ”Eyes on Slave Lake”! It includes 2 live streaming cameras pointed directly at Lesser Slave Lake to help inform the public about lake conditions in real time from anywhere in the world!
The project was developed to help recreational lake users make informed decisions about lake use before they make their way out to the lake!
The live feeds are LIVE on the LSWC’s YouTube Page! Check them out!
Special Shout out to Sunstone Inn Bed & BreakfastdeSIGNS by Tam Ltd and RMS Electrical for partnering with us to let this project be possible!
We will work to improve the cameras! Contact Kate at [email protected] or by phone at (780) 523-9800 if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to sponsor the cameras! 

 

LSWC Bursary Fundraising!

In addition to donations made by the families of Brian Elliott and Brian Rosche we are selling rain barrels made using repurposed soap drums from Bim's Carwash in High Prairie!

By upcycling these drums we are helping to reduce waste in our community, and as rain barrels are great for conserving water. We think it's an awesome way help the environment! Rain water can be used to water your garden or lawn, and it minimizes the run-off of fertilizers and other pollutants keeping our water cleaner and keeping pollutants out of our storm drains! Did you know that the rain water and run off that enters our storm drains is not treated before it enters natural waterways? Help mitigate the effects of storm water run off by capturing and using your rain water with a rain barrel! 

Each rain barrel costs $70, and proceeds will go towards funding our bursary! The LSWC accepts cash or cheques (payable to the Lesser Slave Watershed Council). We ask that you pick up your orders from our office, located at 4833 52nd Ave. High Prairie, AB. We often work in the field and ask that you make an appointment to ensure we are at the office for pick-ups.  

If you are interested in purchasing one of our rain barrels, please contact us to place your order:

email: [email protected]             phone: (780) 523-9800

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