Living By Water (LBW) has wrapped up another successful summer visiting 16 lake across Alberta from June-August. We are always looking for individuals who are interested in participating in our program; if you have a property at one of our participating lakes or would like for us to come out to your lake please please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Homesite Consultation is the core program of the Living by Water Project offered to interested shoreline residents. Through the free and confidential Homesite Consultations, LBW informs residents about the ecology of their lake, the environmental concerns associated with their lake, and gives recommendations for how the resident can reduce their impact on the lake. To date, Nature Alberta has completed 656 consultations at 27 lakes throughout Alberta. In 2013, staff visited 119 households at Pigeon Lake, Sylvan Lake, Clear Lake, Pine Lake, Wizard Lake, Crimson Lake, Lake Isle, Island Lake, Gull Lake, Ghost Lake, Little Beaver Lake, Lac St. Anne, Spring Lake, and Sandy Lake. We look forward to continuing our successful program in the summer of 2014!
LBW is a national initiative developed in 1997 by two waterfront residents. This unique educational program is designed to help waterfront residents employ environmentally-friendly practices on their property to help maintain shoreline and water health. For residents of urban lakes, the adaptation of this program is Urban Lake Living – Healthy Communities, Healthy Lakes.
Since 1999, under the direction of Nature Alberta – a non-profit, non-governmental organization – LBW has been operating within the province of Alberta to provide information to shoreline residents about the basics of shoreline living. When everyone’s property and water-based activities are combined, the result is called a cumulative effect. Cumulative negative effects help to accelerate the deterioration of the lake, whereas, the cumulative adoption of beneficial practices could go a long way to improve conditions at your lake. LBW encourages shoreline residents to respect the role shoreline habitats play in the enjoyment of their everyday lives. Users have a shared responsibility to recognize the potential impacts our activities have on aquatic systems both above and below the high water line.
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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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