Blue-Green Algae Reduction:
Long term solutions for reducing Blue-green algae involve decreasing the amount of nutrients going into Lake Isle and Lac Ste Anne. Specifically, the nutrients Phosphorus and Nitrogen increase the amount of blue-green algae in our lakes.
To achieve our goal of reducing the amount of Blue-green algae in Lac Ste Anne and Lake Isle, we will need to target all sources of nutrients entering our lakes. This means that private land owners, agriculture and government all need to work together.
There are many things that property owners around a lake can do to improve the quality of water. Perhaps your family can start with one small project or helpful change; and then commit to learning and doing even more. Your example, experience and enthusiasm will help create a ripple affect all around the lake! Become a member of LILSA and learn more about the solutions at the LILSA Events. For a list of things that lakefront property owners can do to make their property more lake friendly please see: How You Can Help Our Lakes.
The Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) is an incentive-based program aimed at helping to assist framers and landowners protect environmentally-sensitive land to allow the benefits of ecological services to be realized. This program helps promote fencing off water to keep livestock out of creeks, lakes and rivers. They also help promote off-site watering systems which improves livestock health and the health of our water.
ALUS pays farmers to reconstruct natural ecosystems. It rehabilitates life-support processes, such as water filtration and purification, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration. Natural benefits include clean air and water, habitat for fish, wildlife, species at risk, and sustainable food production on working landscapes.
Parkland County is looking for agricultural producers to participate in our Alternate Land Use Services Program which helps sustain agriculture, wildlife and natural spaces for the benefit of both landowners and the environment.
Before: creek without fence; disturbed vegetation and creek banks, turbid water.
After: creek with fence; healthy and varied vegetation, intact banks, clearer water. This second picture was taken less than a year after the one above.