Big Lakes County takes steps to protect its biggest lake

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Big Lakes County is supporting a provincial organization that helps protect bodies of water from invasive species.
At its Oct. 25 meeting, council approved a recommendation to sponsor $2,000 to the Alberta Invasive Species Council (AISC).
“There is a threat to Lesser Slave Lake from zebra and quagga mussels,” county public works director Vic Abel told council, adding, “a variety of prohibited noxious weeds and invasive fish being found throughout the province.”
Councillors were on board.
“I think this is important,” said councillor Robert Nygaard, “to prevent mussels from coming in the lake.”
“If they get into the lake it’s very devastating,” said reeve Ken Matthews.
Councillor Donald Bissell said watercraft at boat launches were being sprayed to prevent carrying and spreading the invasive species.
The funds will be provided in the 2018 budget.
Information developed by the AISC is used by resource managers, industry leaders and concerned Albertans. The success of the program depends on corporate, government and private sponsorship.

 

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