When considering property near a lake, Real Estate Professionals who can share stewardship information will make a difference for the buyer and the lake. Stewardship of the land has a positive impact on lake health, recreational value, and ultimately property values. Welcome to the Lake is a program developed by the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association (PLWA) to engage Alberta’s Real Estate Professionals as healthy-lake stewards, providing them with stewardship training and resources. While this is an initiative for Pigeon Lake, the resources provided will be beneficial to Realtors selling properties in watersheds across the province.
Why is this Program Important?
Lakes and water bodies are a limited resource in Alberta and the demand for lake properties is high. The impact of significant development around water bodies combined with a changing climate is negatively affecting the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of Alberta lakes. These factors also have an impact on real estate sales and property values.
In 2018, the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan was adopted by the local municipalities and has received endorsement from stakeholder groups around the Lake. With the vision of working together for a healthy watershed, healthy lake, and healthy community, the goals identified in the plan are to reduce the frequency and intensity of algal blooms, improve the health of the watershed and the lake, and improve the recreational value of the lake and economic health of the region.
As part of this program, PLWA is:
1) creating a realtor stewardship network
2) providing stewardship communications and connections through social media
3) offering Welcome to the Lake stewardship packages
4) hosting professional development opportunities
5) developing a realtor portal with stewardship resources
Cameron Benbow, Realty One Group (Chair)
Cathren Dorchester, Royal LePage Parkland
Merrick Duggan, Realty One
Christine McFarland, Maxwell Progressive
Catherine Peirce, Pigeon Lake Watershed Association
About Pigeon Lake Watershed Association
The Pigeon Lake Watershed Association is a charitable, non-profit environmental advocacy group made up of people who live, work and play in Pigeon Lake and its Watershed. Our mission is to enhance, preserve and protect Pigeon Lake and its Watershed as a healthy and environmentally sustainable ecosystem for current and future generations.
This program is made possible through a grant from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.
The Alberta Real Estate Foundation invests in real estate policy, research, practices, and education that strengthen Alberta’s communities. The Foundation’s revenues come from the interest earned on public money deposited in real estate brokers’ pooled trust accounts. Learn more at www.aref.ab.ca.