Environmental Management Plan
In the fall of 2013, the District of Lakeland No. 521 in conjunction with the Environmental Advisory Committee submitted an application to the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability to engage the services of a graduate student that would assist the municipality in developing a sustainable long term Environmental Management Plan for the municipality.
The District was fortunate in being accepted for the University program from among 60 applicants and the services of graduate student Kyle Young were obtained.
Throughout the balance of 2013 and into the fall of 2014, the Environmental Advisory Committee with support from the District of Lakeland No. 521 and input from the Ministry of Environment, many meetings were held to provide sufficient background information for the development of the plan.
Throughout the discussions, numerous issues were identified that represented a concern for the municipality and the Committee in terms of water quality, forest management and watershed protection. These issues include the number and operation of watercraft, regional development, shoreline alterations, lake water quality and the degradation of ecologically sensitive areas to name a few. As stated, the Environmental Management Plan identifies and prioritizes these concerns so that the municipality may work towards eliminating or reducing the detrimental effects and thus providing a sustainable plan for future generations.
Sincere thanks and appreciation go out to the members of the Environmental Advisory Committee who took the time to volunteer their time and ideas in the development and future implementation of this plan.
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