PLWA has new staff member

PLWA welcomes the new Project manager for the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan and related PLWA on-the-ground actions.

  • Dec. 2, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Elynne Murray

Elynne Murray

Please join the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association as we welcome the new Project manager for the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan and related PLWA on-the-ground actions.

Elynne Murray, like Pigeon Lake residents, Elynne loves Pigeon Lake and knows lake water.  She brings much knowledge and experience to this position.

Elynne graduated top of her class from the Natural Resources Management Diploma Program from the Vancouver Island University, has a University of Alberta Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Major in Marketing and Communications), was part of the Pigeon Lake In-depth Water Studies and the LakeWatch Alberta Lake Management Society Team, was a Nature Alberta, Pigeon Lake Living by Water Homesite Consultant, worked for Golder Associates, providing environmental consulting services; and is a long-time Pigeon Lake Summer Village resident (Summer Village of Itaska).

Elynne’s priority is to inspire and support as many people as possible to partake in the Healthy Lake Clean Runoff Project, and to make some easy changes to our lots and municipal drainage to employ natural filtering and approaches to clean contaminants and nutrients from the runoff into the lake.

Through funding from the Federal EcoAction Grant and Land Stewardship Grant we the PLWA will work with any group of people willing to be part of galvanizing their communities to do their part to reduce the nutrients and pollutants going into the lake – nutrients that feed the algae and impact the water quality.

Guided by the PLWMP steering committee and informed by the Clean Runoff Survey (representing at least 646 watershed residents), from now until the spring Elynne will be working to form, plan and support watershed community groups with your neighbourhood Clean Runoff campaigns (2016 and 2017); with professionals and the four families with properties at Poplar Bay, Ma-Me-O, Johnsonia and Sundance who have generously offered to have their lots be clean runoff demonstration sites; with the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership (ALIDP) / PLWA Team to create an inspiring,  illustrated clean runoff “How To” Guide and other tools; with Ma-Me-O Councillor Slater and the ALIDP / PLWMP Committee on the clean municipality drainage demonstrations; and with interested local suppliers, landscapers and yard maintenance people to know how to incorporate clean runoff practices into what their services.

And more! With Elynne on the team, together, we are stepping up our efforts for Pigeon Lake, as you who participated in the survey told us, as possible, we will provide, support and showcase the efforts of individuals, communities, all levels of governments (including our Pigeon Lake reserve neighbours who are getting involved), and local suppliers to continue to get the lake off its diet of excess nutrients! Together we can make a difference!