Watershed Resources

The LSWC strives to ensure people understand their watershed, how it functions and are able to find resource to give them subject specific information. 


The LSWC produced information sheets on various topics relating to our watershed

(NOTE: some project information may date back to 2008) Click the titles to download the PDF.

Robert Holmberg, Ph.D., at the University of Athabasca, created a presentation (broken in parts) to help people understand water and its crucial functions.

Cows & Fish - Riparian areas, wetlands and beavers

Cows & Fish (The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society) has produced excellent information sheets about Riparian and Shoreline Health. Click the titles to download the PDF.

Management resources:


Fact Sheets (hard copies available at the LSWC office)

Be sure to check out the great videos from cow's and Fish about the producers who have worked wuith them over the years on wetland and riparian conservation and enhancement. Link HERE


For Municipalities


 Aquatic Invasive Species

Alberta waters are at risk of becoming infested with Aquatic Invasive Species. The movement of watercraft into Alberta is the highest risk of infecting our waters.  

Presentations from the April 12, 2017 AIS workshop in Faust, AB
Kate Wilson - Aquatic Invasives (PDF)


Invasive Plants and Weeds in Alberta

Lake Related Resources

The Respect Our Lakes (ROL) program was developed within the Government of Alberta and aims to support and engage Albertans in lake stewardship. The program provides the tools and resources to help lake users understand, value, and actively manage lakes through the application of relevant legislation and science.
Water boundaries  - Alberta 
High Water- Alberta
The Shore Primer - Guide to naturalized shoreline property - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

Guide to lakefront Living

Parkland County has developed wonderful video resources for recreating, living and developing around lakes. Check them out by clicking the links below. Although developed by Parkland the information applies to all lakes in Alberta. 

Introduction to the Guide to Lakefront Living 
Episode 1 - Shorelines
Episode 2 - The Buffer Zone
Episode 3 - Construction Projects
Episode 4 - Septic Systems
Episode 5 - Shoreline Landscaping
Episode 6 - Erosion
Episode 7 - Shoreline Access
Episode 8 - Who's Shoreline is it anyways? 

Shoreline Sensitive Habitat Mapping Project Information 

Regulatory Information & Resources

Alberta Water Act forms - Alberta Environment and Parks
Private Sewage Codes and Standards - Alberta Municipal Affairs
Measures to Avoid Causing Harm to Fish and Fish Habitat (Fisheries Act)- Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Dredging Approvals and Regulatory Information - Alberta Environment and Parks
Shoreline and Waterbody Modifications - Legislative Requirements Fact Sheet - Alberta Environment and Parks
Legislation affecting Waterbodies in Alberta - Graphic - Alberta Environment and Parks

Off Highway Vehicles and Watersheds

ATV's, Fish Habitat & You - DFO info sheet

Know B4 you Go - ATV's and Water don't mix - Video 


Resources for Environmental Educators

Alberta Council for Environmental Education 

Lesser Slave Forest Education Society 

Educational resources Alberta

Video Presentations

Partnership & Engagement Strategies in Northern Alberta
Meghan Payne, LSWC Executive Director
2014 WPAC Summit in Edmonton
Watch Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE4r_h_8JH0

Water Management and the Lesser Slave River
Meghan Payne, LSWC Executive Director
2013 CWRA Conference, Red Deer, AB
Watch Video Here: http://youtu.be/HW-mFQHmR3E

LSWC Highlights
Sherrie Hay, LSWC Director
2012 WPAC Summit, Milk River, AB
Watch Video: http://youtu.be/2zXbNbXcnwQ