Pumping License Suspended
December 7, 2018
Alberta Environment and Parks has 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 lake is too high to continue with the pumping project.
It is estimated that 26% of the lake volume may be attributed to pumping by the Gull Lake Stabilization project, since its inception in 1976. This summer and fall saw lake levels dip below the pumping trigger point again. Without the stabilization project, levels are at the mercy of unpredictable weather patterns.
Parkland Beach Council met with Gull Lake Watershed Society at their November meeting. This volunteer group believes that there is a solution to the dilemma, whereby pumping could resume safely. Council will support them with a letter to Alberta Environment, urging that the solution be pursued and that pumping be resumed as soon as it is safe to do so.
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 the minister of Environment:
Honourable Shannon Phillips, 208 Legislature Building, 10800 – 97 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6;
Operations Manager at Alberta Environment: Carlin Soehn, 304, 4920 – 51 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 6K8