News and Upcoming Events
The LSWC is HIRING!
The LSWC is hiring a seasonal Watershed Outreach Technician to join our team from May to September 2024 based at our office in High Prairie, AB.
Working closely with the Watershed Coordinator and reporting to the Executive Director, the Watershed Technician is responsible for contributing to the LSWC’s education and outreach programs, communications, community events, and monitoring programs.
The Watershed Technician will:
- Assist in delivering education programs both in class, on field trips and with partners throughout the summer.
- Promote lake and watershed stewardship through activities such as
- Pop up displays at beaches, boat launches and campgrounds
- Participation in community events such as Slave Lake’s ALL IN, the High Prairie Elks Rodeo Parade, and others
- Events organized by LSWC & partners such as “Enviro-Quest” Summer camp & Splashfest
- Lakeshore invasive species and clean up events and other stewardship activities
-Support the LSWC’s monitoring programs including:
- Tributary water quality sampling
- Lake water quality sampling
- Aquatic invasive species sampling
- Recreational beach monitoring
- CABIN monitoring
- Data entry
- General: support other LSWC projects and programs as required.
Want to learn more? View the Job on Indeed!
8th Annual Kids Can Catch Family Day Ice Fishing Celebration!
Our 8th annual ice fishing event is here! Join us Saturday, February 17th from 11am-6pm for a fun filled free day with the family! Family Day weekend is free fishing weekend in Alberta, so no fishing license is required! We will have free brunch, snacks and light dinner, plus activities to keep people busy all day long! From fishing on the frozen pond to games and activities inside the hall, we have a little bit for everyone! Don't have ice fishing equipment or experience? No problem! We will have equipment to borrow and folks to help out on the ice! Events like these would not happen without our amazing community support and volunteers year to year!
Attendees can expect:
- 11am-12pm Free Brunch from BLC FCSS
- 12pm-12:30pm Fish Handling Talk with Tammy Kaleta
- 12:30pm-4pm Fishing, Activities in the Hall, Skating
- 4pm Return all Fishing Equipment to LSWC
- 4pm-5pm Free Chili Supper
- 6pm Fireworks
Giveaways to all kids (while supplies last) and prizes for 1st Fish Caught and Biggest Walleye Caught!
Interested in volunteering? Contact the office at 780-523-9800 to get involved!
Keep checking back for updates and information about the event here or across our social media!
Municipal Drought Workshop
The LSWC is cohosting another Drought Planning Workshop with the Athabasca Watershed Council!
“Building Resiliency to Multi-year Drought” workshop in Athabasca on March 7th, 2024. If you were interested in the Grande prairie event but were not able to attend, you are welcome to register for this one!
Draft Flood Study Public Engagement
The provincial government has released draft flood maps meant to improve public safety, support emergency management, and help build safer and more resilient communities over the long term. Share your thoughts on the draft flood maps by going to https://www.alberta.ca/flood-study-engagements by February 12, 2024.
Public engagement is part of our standard flood study finalization process after local authorities, such as towns, cities, counties, municipal districts, and Indigenous communities, have had an opportunity to review draft reports and flood maps. The engagement is part of a larger initiative for 27 new flood studies, covering over 1,600 kilometers of river through more than 65 municipalities and First Nations.
The study-specific engagement pages that you are likely to be most interested in are:
- Marten Beach Flood Study - https://www.alberta.ca/marten-beach-flood-study-engagement
- Slave Lake Flood Study - https://www.alberta.ca/slave-lake-flood-study-engagement
Eyes on Slave Lake is LIVE!
We have 2 live streaming cameras that provide 24/7 views of Lesser Slave Lake. View lake conditions in real time from anywhere in the world!
Contact Executive Director, Meghan Payne, at [email protected] or by phone at (780)523-9800 to purchase advertising on the live feeds.
Watch our Joussard LIVE Camera now!
Watershed Resiliency Projects with the LSWC!
The LSWC is always looking for landowners to partner with to improve our watershed! We help fund eligible projects that aim to improve our watershed's function by restoration efforts or by making it more resilient! If you're seeing an issue on your land, please reach out! We may be able to help support a project to benefit the environment and your bottom line!
Some examples of eligible projects include:
- Riparian Enhancements
- Wetland Enhancements (creation, enhancement, restoration)
- Watering Systems
- Stream Crossings
- Riparian Fencing
- Onsite Water Retention Efforts
- Creation/Increase of Absorptive Capacities
- And More!
Want to learn more? Get in touch with Meghan Payne or Kate Lovsin at the LSWC office at 780-523-9800
We are here to help!
Education Programs from the LSWC!
The LSWC offers FREE education programs to schools and community groups in the Lesser Slave Watershed.
From What is a Watershed, Watershed Wise, Wetlands, Erosion and Weathering and more!
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 Watershed Coordinator at [email protected] or by calling (780) 523-9800!
Partner with the UN's Glacier Year Initiative!
The LSWC has partnered with the UN's Initiative for the Year of the Glacier in 2025! Work is being done now to help make 2025's focus a success! Stay tuned to learn more about the collaborative work that is happening across the water sector!
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