Lacombe County releases State of Environment Report

By rdnewsNOW
December 20, 2017 - 7:02am

LACOMBE COUNTY- The 2017 State of the Environment Report has been released.

It offers people a glimpse into the current conditions of the environment in the Lacombe County area.

Using a combination of scientific data and socio-economic factors, the document also offers insight into the various pressures impacting the region.

Lacombe County recognizes the importance of the environment, and is aware of the role it plays in being a responsible steward of the land.

Some highlights of the County’s work include:

- The release of the Agriculture Guide in 2016, which identifies and supports a long-term vision of agriculture in the County. It identified six priority areas including water and environmental management.

- The reclamation in Crooker Wetland continued, with the site being seeded with native grass species. Trembling aspen and white spruce were also planted on the site.

- Wetland evaluations conducted along segments of road slated for construction, to determine how wetlands could be affected by these projects and how we could avoid, mitigate, or compensate for wetland impacts.

- Three grand openings for recreational areas: Sandy Point Beach, Anderson Park, and the Mary & Cliff Soper Natural Area.

- Partnerships with local groups on initiatives like the Take it Off Programs on Sylvan and Gull Lakes to ensure ice fishing huts are removed from the lake to protect the water quality.

Residents are encouraged to read the State of the Environment Report to learn more about the environment in Lacombe County, including water quality of recreational lakes, wildlife and biodiversity, and waste generation and disposal, 

 It can be found on the Lacombe County website (www.lacombecounty.com) and hard copies are available by contacting Lacombe County (403-782-6601).  

(Gary McKinnon - Lacombe County)

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