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ENDOWMENT FUND: Pigeon Lake Watershed Association has a Family of Endowed Funds with the Edmonton Community Foundation. To contribute, please contact Noel Xavier at nxavier@ecfoundtaion.org

PLWA Charitable BN/Registration Number
85541 4785 RR 0001

PLWA Membership

Help enhance & protect Pigeon Lake and its watershed.
To become a member click "JOIN GROUP" below.

More about membership here.

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Pigeon Lake Watershed Association
P.O. Box 1353
Calmar, Alberta
T0C 0V0

info@plwa.ca

Pigeon Lake Watershed Association

The PLWA is a charitable, non-profit environmental advocacy group made up of people who live, work and play in Pigeon Lake and its Watershed. 

The PLWA partners with residents, groups and governments willing to step up because we are the lake stewards. Together we are enhancing the health of the watershed and lake... the place we cherish!

Learn more...

Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan

 The Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan, rooted in science & endorsed by the municipalities, is our road map for change.

Visit www.plwmp.ca to review the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan (the "PLAN"). Key watershed actions and information for the health of the lake!  

Events

PLWA Online Coffee Conversations

Monday May 18th 9:30 am - Water Levels & Weir with Bob Gibbs & Don Davidson
Sunday May 31st 9:30 am - Butterflies Around Pigeon Lake with Felix Sperling
Sunday June 14th 9:30 am - Birds & Conservation at Pigeon Lake with Emily Cicon
Sunday June 28th 9:30 am - Talking with Local Native Plant Suppliers with Ben Hartney and Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed
Sunday July 12th 9:30 am - Making Your Landscape Work for You with Jan Hardstaff
Sunday August 23rd 9:30 am - Ice Quakes

Join online or by phone. Preregistration is required. For more information about check the Events page

PLWA News


Annual General Meeting - July 25th 9:30 am

The PLWA AGM will be hosted via Zoom - join by phone (no internet required) or by web conference.

Meeting materials will be circulated before the meeting.

Note: This is a PLWA business meeting only. In place of the typical open house with healthy-lake partners, please join our coffee conversations and other special activities.

To manage online security for the meeting, pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The agenda can be downloaded here.


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Explore Pigeon Lake with Native Plant Bingo

It’s BINGO time again! Get outside and get ready to go looking for native plants around Pigeon Lake with this family fun bingo card.

The first pattern will be one line, which can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Once you have finished each pattern (line, 4-corners, blackout), call “BINGO!” - post a picture of the card and tag us on Facebook, your Instagram story or Twitter.


Native Plant Bingo Card - Printer Friendly


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PLWA Nature Explorer Trail Series

Nature Explorers, discover four local Pigeon Lake nature areas: Rundle's Mission, Graves Nature Sanctuary, Village at Pigeon Lake Walking Trail, and Pigeon Lake Provincial Park Campground Trail.

This summer, PLWA will be sharing self-guided nature challenges for each trail to help you discover local plants and animals. Nature Explorers who complete at least three of the trails are eligible to win a prize*. Watch the PLWA website and social channels for each of the challenges.

*Win a Prize: Anyone can become a Pigeon Lake Nature Explorer by either taking a selfie or by recording the code word at the secret location. To win a prize, you must show proof of completing at least three trails. You can collect your prize during the Love the Lake Family Fun Hike on August 8 at the Pigeon Lake Provincial Park.

Go to the Challenges

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Do You Need a Father's Day Gift?

Create a custom birdhouse as a Father's Day present! Pick up a birdhouse from PLWA. The birdhouses will be for sale ($20) in the center of town square, Village of Pigeon Lake, on June 13th from 10am - 2pm. We will be accepting e-transfers in advance (preferred) for curb-side pick-up, but cash payment will also be accepted for onsite purchases.

Birdhouses at Pigeon Lake welcome birds and offer a safe place for mother birds to lay eggs, for the eggs to hatch and for baby birds to grow stronger. With a healthy bird population in the community, the birds help to fertilize the soil, add biodiversity, control pests and more.

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2019 LakeWatch Report for Pigeon Lake 

LakeWatch has several important objectives, one of which is to collect and interpret water quality data from Alberta’s Lakes. LakeWatch reports are designed to summarize basic lake data and are not meant to be a complete synopsis of information about specific lakes.

LakeWatch Summary Report 2019
Pigeon Lake Report 2019
 


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Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation in Areas Around Pigeon Lake

April 2020 - In the summer of 2018 the Alder Flats, Winfield, Buck Lake, Pigeon Lake areas and another location west of Wetaskiwin experienced an in flight of mountain pine. In 2019, 33 sites had been confirmed. This tree-killing bark beetle's main host is lodgepole pine. If you suspect an infestation on your property, get
confirmation from arborist and remove any dead pine tree by the beginning of June. Following the
recommended procedures for removing a dead tree is necessary to stop the spread. There are also
measures you can take to protect your healthy pine trees e.g. consider using a repellant on older or
distressed pines and monitor for signs of infestation. For more information:


Prevent Further Spread: AB Gov.

Fact Sheet: Natural Resources Canada

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2020 Invasive Species Awareness Week

Did you know...Prussian Carp, and whirling disease have been found in Alberta waterways? Zebra and Quagga Mussels are in lakes as close as Manitoba and Montana. And, Eurasian Watermilfoil is in lakes in British Columbia.

These “happy travellers” easily attach to boats and marine equipment. When boats and watercrafts come to Pigeon Lake from other lakes the risk of infecting our lake is high. Once in the lake, it's almost impossible to eradicate invasive species and eradication efforts come at a high cost to taxpayers. Prevention is the best measure.

The Pigeon Lake Watershed Association and the Alliance of Pigeon Lake Municipalities are working together to implement a prevention strategy.

Pigeon Lake Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Strategy

Clean Drain Dry your watercraft and gear!

Aquatic Invasive Species

Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan

Objective 7a Pigeon Lake / In-Lake Management
Invasive Species: Improve education and build local defenses to keep out aquatic invasive species.

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2018-19 Annual Report                                  


View the Report              

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PLWA hosts another successful Love the Lake Fun Family Day

Families joined us for the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association’s Annual Love the Lake Family Fun Day at the Provincial Park on August 10th to have fun and learn about lake stewardship, nature, and biodiversity.  Families got to meet Rickie the Northern Saw-whet Owl, learn about wildlife, check out bat artifacts, and participate in crafts, games, and face-painting.

Thanks to the Mulhurst Fire Dept, Cows and Fish, Beaverhill Bird Observatory, Alberta Community Bat Program, Pigeon Lake Provincial Park Staff, Alberta Lake Management Society, Pigeon Lake Public Library, Pigeon Lake Chamber of Commerce, the PLWA staff and Director, and the terrific volunteers who all helped to make the day a huge success!  






Nature Alberta’s Living by the Water, Love your Shoreline Assessments (Norris and Itaska)



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AB Gov Pigeon Lake Shoreline Assessment 

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Key Highlights 
                              



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Watch the Video with your neighbours opinions about why we ALL need to participate in the Clean Runoff Program for the lake.



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When it Comes to Water We're All Connected

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What You Need for Clean Runoff!

Learn from the Clean Runoff Action Guide about the importance of clean runoff.  Evaluate your lot runoff, and choose what you want to do!

ADD NATIVE PLANTS! View the Native Pollinator picture filled guide and use the quick reference Native Plant List for the height, colour, sun/shade and blooming times. 

ADD NATIVE GRASS or CLOVER to your lawn! 250 gm pkg for 1500 ft. 

Use RAIN BARRELS to water plants; catch and redirect the overflow to trees/deep rooted plants. Includes overflow hose, spout and mosquito filter.

Visit PLWA Staff at the Lakedell Farmers Market fridays from 4-7pm for more information.

Community Update

SUMMER VILLAGES OF PIGEON LAKE REGIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (Media Release, March 17, 2020): In view of the current Coronavirus situation the Emergency Advisory Committee has voted to unanimously approve the partial activation of Regional Emergency Management Program to keep the public informed, monitor the situation, follow provincial requests and plan for business continuity to protect vital municipal services with our virtual Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC).

https://www.grandview.ca/blogs/show_entry/13471/Emergency-Coordination-Centre-Activated

For more information please visit www.pigeonlakeemergencyagency.ca

Silent Auction

Auction Closed

Thank you to everyone who participated! We appreciate your support of the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association. Winners have been contacted to organize pickup.

Winners

Bob Marley the Pelican” : Matthew Thurm
Bob Stevenson – Birds of the River

"Warm Water" Medium Hand Crafted Quilt : Jay Brinker
Margaret Hrynew

Cattails” : Joe & Susan Ellis
Margot Soltice – Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society

Cheep Rent” : Trevor Frost
Gail Farewell – Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society

“In Progress” : Karie Holt
Dale Shuttleworth – Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society

Twitter: G Mckenzie 
Marcia Schmidt– Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society

Clothesline” : Lois Field
Penny Stokes– Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society

Map of Pigeon Lake

Upcoming Events

July 2020
Sunday 12th
9:30am PLWA Online Coffee Conversation Making Your Landscape Work for You
Saturday 25th
9:30am Annual General Meeting
August 2020
Sunday 23rd
9:30am PLWA Online Coffee Conversation Ice Quakes

Report Invasive Species

If you have questions about watercraft inspections or to report invasive species please call AEP at:

1-855-336-BOAT(2628)


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