For more than 15 years, Nature Alberta has delivered the Living by Water (LBW) program, which provides information to Alberta lake residents about healthy shoreline living. The program strives to inform and educated lake shore property owners about the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural ecosystem associated with their lake property, while supporting suitable recreational use, preserving property values and ensuring use for future generations.
When property and water-based activities are combined, the resulting impact is referred to as a cumulative effect. Cumulative effects can contribute negatively to the deterioration of a lake, or through the adoption of beneficial practices cumulative effects can improve conditions at a lake. Residents, visitors and day users have a shared responsibility to recognize the potential impacts our activities have on aquatic systems. LBW encourages everyone to understand and respect the role shoreline habitats play in health of the lake.
Since 2002, LBW has completed 872 consultations at 32 lakes throughout the province. Working with local community champions and stewardship groups, LBW strives to provide the most up to date information, tools and resources to those who need it.
Nature Alberta is hard at work updating the LBW program to ensure we continue to provide the relevant information resources that lake shore residents need to make informed decisions on their properties.
We are also in the process of hiring our Shoreline Advisors who will be visiting Alberta’s lakes this summer to perform one-on-one home site consultations for residents.The home site consultation is at the core of the Living by Water program. Through these free and confidential consultations, residents learn about the ecology of their lake, any environmental concerns associated with their lake, and they understand how, as a resident, they can reduce their impact on the lake. Our Shoreline Advisors work with property owners to provide a personalized experience for their property and needs. All participants receive a quality report outlining the consultation and results, along with any additional resources they might need to support lake management. The Shoreline Advisors will also be attending community events and workshops to help increase awareness about ways to keep our lakes healthy and usable.
If you would like to bring the program to your community, want to sign up for a home site consultation or would like one of our Shoreline Advisors to attend a local event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LBW program has also been adapted for use by residents who live on or near urban lakes and storm water ponds. We offer consultations for urban residents and the publication, Living Near Urban Lakes: Your Guide to Everyday Living in Urban Lake Communities will help you think about water in ways you may never have considered before. Contact at email@example.com if you’re interested in a consultation and check out our online store if you’re interested in purchasing your own copy of Living Near Urban Lakes.
On June 4, 2015, environmental leaders from across the province gathered in Edmonton for the announcement of the 24th annual Emerald Awards. Presented by the Alberta Emerald Foundation, these uniquely-Albertan awards showcas environmental excellence in nine cross-sectoral categories. Nature Alberta was honored to receive the 2015 Emerald Challenge Award: WATER for the Living by Water program. We also offer our congratulations to fellow award recipient in this category Trout Unlimited Canada for their Yellow Fish Road program. Check out the video >>
In 1970, six natural history clubs joined together to form the Federation of Alberta Naturalists. Today, this same organization, now known as Nature Alberta serves a membership of over 40 clubs and represents thousands of individuals across the province. These individuals share a passion for natural history.
Natural history is the study of plants or animals, using observational rather than experimental methods.
Alberta is fortunate to have a wide diversity of wildlife and wild spaces. All native plants and animals have a right to co-exist with Albertans, who in turn benefit by having access to a healthy, natural environment. Increasing our understanding of nature will lead to increased enjoyment of it.
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