In 2018 Alberta Environment and Parks suspended the license that allows water to be pumped from the Blindman River into Gull Lake. Prussian Carp have been found in the river, and the risk of having them infiltrate and damage the ecosystem of the lake is too high to continue with the pumping project.

Gull Lake Watershed Society believes that there is a solution to the dilemma, whereby pumping could resume safely.  A September, 2020 article in the Rimbey Review explains the work they have undertaken to date. Open link below for a copy of the news item…

2020-Test Article-Rimbey Review

It is estimated that 26% of the lake volume may be attributed to pumping water from the Blindman by the “Gull Lake Stabilization” committee, which is made up of the municipalities that surround the lake (Summer Villages of Gull Lake and Parkland Beach, Lacombe County and Ponoka County). The committee began pumping 1976 and without the stabilization effort, levels are at the mercy of unpredictable weather patterns.

The economy of Gull Lake communities and the enjoyment of users is at risk with the Water License  in limbo. Property owners who wish to express their concern, and their support for finding a solution to the Prussian Carp threat, may write to Alberta Environment:

Operations Manager at Alberta Environment: Carlin Soehn, 304, 4920 – 51 Street, Red Deer, AB  T4N 6K8

Thank you to all who braved the new world of ZOOM and joined Council for the Annual Ratepayers’ Meeting on Wednesday, August 26.

The format was an online webinar. It was recorded and it is available for those who were unable to attend. There are two options below, to access the recording:

SVPB Ratepayers Meeting 2020.mp4

If the link above does not work, try the one below. It has some wait time at the beginning, so skip ahead to the 7 minute mark, where the actual meeting begins.

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that were discussed at the meeting, and the Meeting Notes, are available for download below:

The Draft Strategic Plan (August 2020) was approved by Council at the September 21, 2020 meeting. Public engagement on planning is always welcome.

Planner, Natasha Wright, gave an informative summary of the Draft Strategic Plan.