Open houses showcase Pigeon Lake clean runoff lots

What can be done on a typical Pigeon Lake cottage lot to reduce runoff? See firsthand Aug. 19-20

Around Pigeon Lake, property owners want more information and tips on how to make their property more “friendly” to the lake itself. Those lot owners will need to attend open houses Aug. 19 and 20 to see firsthand.

According to the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association’s president Susan Ellis, two lots, one in Ma-Me-O and one in Johnsonia, can offer lots of easy to understand options right before your eyes.

Ellis said the open houses offer these two residential demonstration sites as living examples of what can be done to reduce phosphorus and other runoff from getting into Pigeon Lake.

She said those attending the open houses also have a chance to meet the leading “clean runoff expert” and main author of the Alberta Clean Runoff Action Guide.

There will be time for an “Ask the Expert” session, so lot owners are encouraged to bring their lot plans and pictures to see what may or may not work for your spread. The consultation is free of charge.

“These sites are in their first year of becoming established,” stated Ellis in an email. “Hear and ask about the native and ornamental plants, strategies for ‘less lawn’, better lawns, shoreline stabilization techniques and much more.

“As these are private residences, please respect that access is only available on open house days and through our growing picture gallery being established on www.plwa.ca.

Drop-in at one or both open houses between 9:30 a.m. and noon August 19 (address #213, 1st Street Ma-Me-O) or August 20 (address A50 Johnsonia).