SACA secured funding with the Land Stewardship Centre of Canada to launch a Community Stewardship Initiative on Shiningbank Lake. This project was brought forth by Yellowhead County amid concerns surrounding the health of the lake, the lake riparian areas and the land adjacent to the lake.
This initiative aims to bring awareness of riparian health, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, water quality, and shoreline health to landowners, producers and recreational users on or near Shiningbank Lake.
The current objectives of the project include:
The project officially launched in the summer of 2017. Preliminary Riparian Health Assessments were conducted on a few parcels of land directly on the lake in August of 2017. Two rounds of water quality sampling were also conducted; one basic and one more detailed.
Surveys were distributed to residents near the lake as well, and the results from these will be used to direct extension programming throughout the remainder of the project. Information sessions and open houses will be happening in 2018. Details will be made available as they are finalized.
A partial report on the Riparian Health Assessments and Water Quality results will be available as soon as it is completed.
More water sampling and detailed Riparian Health Assessments will be conducted in 2018. We will be sure to provide updates regularly as the project continues to progress.