Meeting to Address Blue-Green Algae Concerns at Wizard Lake
Thursday, September 15, 2011
With blue-green algae a concern of many lake users, precautions had to be taken this summer with regard to limiting recreational activities at several lakes throughout Alberta. One such lake that was issued an advisory with regard to the blue-green algae was Wizard Lake.
To address concerns of residents and boaters at Wizard Lake on the algae situation, the Wizard Lake Watershed and Lake Stewardship Association (WLWLSA) has invited representatives from Alberta Environment and Alberta Health Services to speak at their Annual General Meeting on September 24th.
“There have been so many questions about blue-green algae, especially since the health advisory was posted on July 27 at Jubilee Park, that our Board felt it was timely to discuss it with the general membership at the AGM this fall,” explained WLWLSA Chairman, Laverne Faulkner.
After meeting with Alberta Environment and Alberta Health officials at a recent Board meeting, the lake stewardship Board agreed that it would be beneficial for experts to be there to explain to those attending the AGM why the health advisory was posted and what it means to lake users.
“What people really want to know is why there was a warning posted this year, when the lake doesn’t look much different or worse than other years,” Laverne said.
Alberta Health Services has established a beach monitoring program, which will also be discussed at the meeting. Also, results of the samples taken of the algae on the lake for analysis may provide further information with regard to possible algae toxins. While some blue-green algae blooms can produce potent toxins, others may not, but precautions should be taken regardless.
Find out what’s happening with Wizard Lake and the association, meet with water quality and environmental health experts, ask questions and discuss your concerns. Other information to be provided at the meeting will include runoff stream monitoring, home-site consultations, boating advisory committee update, and other committee reports from the Board.
As well, the AGM requires the Association hold their annual board elections, and new memberships are always welcome. Members are encouraged to put their names forward as a director to serve on the Board, which meets only a few times during the year.
The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending, and will be held at Handee Meadows Hall (next to Gramma Bear’s Bakery) located south of Wizard Lake on Twp 475, 1 mile south of Twp 480 (South Wizard Lake Road) between Range Roads 272 and 274 (watch for signs). The meeting starts at 10 a.m. sharp with coffee, and a bbq lunch will be served following the meeting. Sponsors for the event are Wizard Lake Marine and Handee Meadows Hall - Harold and Evelyn Dickhout.
The WLWLSA is a non-profit volunteer driven organization that has been operational for several years. It is instrumental in working towards enhancing and protecting the sustainability and safety of Wizard Lake for the benefit of all users and watershed inhabitants. The Association was an active participant in the process involved with Leduc County’s Wizard Lake Area Structure Plan and Land Use Bylaw amendments, with written submissions and attendance at public hearings.
Membership in the Association provides an opportunity for positive involvement regarding the environmental protection and recreational use of Wizard Lake.
For further information phone 780-389-3336, email firstname.lastname@example.org or view website at www.stewardsweb.com/wizardlake.