Clean Runoff Program progresses

The Pigeon Lake Watershed Alliance is updating investors on the momentum of its Clean Runoff Project, including Leduc County council.

Mulhurst Bay and other Pigeon Lake communities are seeing benefits from projects like the Clean Runoff Project.

Mulhurst Bay and other Pigeon Lake communities are seeing benefits from projects like the Clean Runoff Project.

The Pigeon Lake Watershed Alliance is updating investors on the momentum of its Clean Runoff Project, including Leduc County council.

President Susan Ellis headed a presentation given to county councillors during their Nov. 8 meeting. She explained contributions, such as the county’s $10,000, has enabled the project to move forward with a number of initiatives, however, the work is far from done.

“It’s a huge project, about $500,00,” said Ellis.

“We still need another $50,000,” she added. The Pigeon Lake Watershed Alliance was only presenting Leduc County with an update and no funding request was made during the meeting.

The Clean Runoff Project is tackling the issue of runoff into Pigeon Lake and how landowners around the lake can do their part in keeping runoff clean and the lake in good health.

“The Runoff Guide is absolutely key,” said Ellis. The Runoff Guide helps people better look into the runoff they create and what actions need to be taken, depending on what they are hoping to achieve.

Ellis explained to council a pre-developed lot creates one gallon of clean runoff, while a post-developed lot creates 18 gallons of polluted runoff.

The Pigeon Lake Watershed Alliance’s annual Healthy Lawn Program educated people to choose native plants with deep root for their landscapes. This leads to less fertilizer needed and less polluted runoff making its way to the lake.

The Pigeon Lake Watershed Alliance is also in the midst of creating an engagement workbook as a part of the project.

Ellis says representation from the alliance attended the North American Lake Management Society symposium this year. “They were working with lakes and showed us first hand the future of Pigeon Lake if we don’t do this work, and it’s not pretty.”

“The good news is we’re on the right track,” she added.