Watershed office relocates

Watershed council watershed co-ordinator Kaylyn Jackson, left, and executive director Meghan Payne stand in the new large space of the office. The office was formerly located on the upper floor at the Moostoos Building, but is now more conveniently ground accessible.

Richard Froese
South Peace News
The Lesser Slave Watershed Council has moved its office in High Prairie.

Council relocated to 52 Avenue by the Lawrence Apartments. The office is now accessible by ground level, instead of the upper floor at the Moostoos Building where they were based for nine years, since incorporation in 2007.

“We moved here because we needed more space and we wanted to be located where we have higher visibility in the community,” says executive director Meghan Payne.

“We grew to 1,400 square feet from 900 square feet.”

The added space provides ample room to better serve the public.

“We can host small meetings and workshops and people can more easily visit us and see what we’re all about,” Payne says.

Lesser Slave is one of 11 watershed councils in the province serving in a planning and advisory role to the provincial government.

“We are in the process of developing an integrated watershed management plan,” Payne says.

The plan builds on community consultations and scientific studies as a planning tool for resource managers. During the process, the plan identifies issues, sets out common goals and objectives for the long-term management of land and water resources in the basin, then makes recommendations on how to meet those goals and recommendations.

“We are also doing riparian area and wetland remediation projects with landowners,” Payne says.
“We hope to start a five-year water quality monitoring program for streams in our watershed.”

The council is comprised of a group of volunteers and board members who work with the provincial government to maintain the health of the Lesser
Slave Watershed by delivering on the three Water for Life goals including: safe, secure drinking water; healthy aquatic ecosystems; and reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable future.

Members of the council are representatives from towns, municipalities, First Nations communities, industries, cottage owners, non-profit organizations, as well as recreation and tourism groups who have an interest in how the waters of Lesser Slave Lake and its tributaries are managed.

For more information on the watershed council, please phone [780] 523-9800.

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