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Environmental Advisory Committee 2019 Survey Summary in regards

To promote education, environmental awareness, and provide advice

for the enhancement of the Village of Spring Lake.


There were a total of nine surveys returned. Here are the responses…….


What do you believe are the biggest environmental issues affecting:

Our lake?

  1. too many fishermen, too much public access to the lake, preventing blue green algae
  2. run off, septic contamination
  3. over growth of the bulrush (cattails) (I realize its needed for the health of lake, but can there be too much?)
  4. the lake boat (power) activity
  5. na
  6. is higher with the rain, fish are still muddy in summer, can’t eat them
  7. lake level
  8. no concerns
  9. no comment written


    Our lake’s shoreline?

  1. people cutting vegetation, preventing prohibitive noxious plants
  2. weed in grow
  3. Edmonton trout Club’s broken dock, Edmonton Trout club leaving garbage on shore by their dock
  4. Brochures – Village of spring Lake be sent out
  5. Na
  6. Where the pathway is property needs to be  marked
  7. Trees cut down on crown/village land
  8. Replace rickety docks with village maintained docks
  9. People cutting and clearing natural vegetation


    Our natural wildlife?

  1. Cats outdoors destroying our song birds
  2. Light pollution from Village security lights
  3. Speeding boaters, people destroying the loons nests
  4. No comment written
  5. No comment written
  6. Is still there birds and skunks are around
  7. No comment written
  8. Fireworks scare wildlife, ignorance about how to behave around loons andother birds on the lake
  9. People cutting and clearing natural vegetation



What is your level of awareness in regards to shoreline policies and guidelines?

NOT AWARE - 1           SOME AWARENESS - 5            VERY AWARE – 2    NO RESPONSE – 1


Would you be interested in learning more?             YES  - 6       NO – 1        NO RESPONSE – 2


Are you concerned about the loss of trees, brush or lakeshore reeds within the lake perimeter or meadows?                             

YES - 6                         NO – 2     NO RESPONSE – 1


Are there any workshops you would like the EAC to sponsor for our community?

  1. Xeriscapting and water conservation workshops
  2. No
  3. Not familiar with workshops available
  4. No comment written
  5. Possible
  6. No comment written
  7. No comment written
  8. Birds in the area - species, nesting, etc.
  9. An introduction to living by water, including the applicable laws

Do  you practice shoreline and habitat protection and stewardship by not unsettling plants or trees on your property that edge the lake or ponds?      

YES – 5     N/A – 3    NO RESPONSE – 1

Do you have any suggestions as to how we could make our Village more environmentally friendly?

  1. Plant more trees, reduce grass cutting on road access hills (other than meadow), where land can go back to nature safely
  2. Take light pollution more seriously, the new lights at the Village compound are still on at 3 a.m.
  3. Advertise more aggressively the Pitch In Canada date and time. I never see the announcement!
  4. All adhere to the guidelines for lakeshore use, plus just not shoreline
  5. Fix your path’s – they are overgrown weeds! Use tiraterbars (I cannot read what they wrote) made from logs or landscape timbers, filled with mulch
  6. There is no path on the meadow
  7. No comment written
  8. Yes, develop a community compost pile for leaves, greens, small trees
  9. More education for residents about the impacts their actions on their property have on wildlife and the lake

Do you have any suggestions that you would like to bring forward to the EAC?

  1. Attempt to be first GREEN village in Alberta ie.  EV cars, reduce aquifer water use
  2. Share the results of surveys. There is not much info that gets out to the taxpayers
  3. I have concerns on how fast the sunchaser boats (cruisers) go on the lake. I don’t know how fast 12 kms actually is, but I’ve seen them go what I think is too fast for the loons safety
  4. No comment written
  5. Yes, I bought my property for the lake view and now I have no view because the trees along the shoreline have grown in and the village has quit cutting ¾’s of the meadow grass.       At one time, we had a dock to go and use, now we have no access.      According to the village expenses, they have not decreased in this area! But less work is being done.      So are the trees not absorbing the water! Soon to be no lake to enjoy!
  6. We are not near the lake, we should be able to see the lake. Why let 2 stories block the view. Do a walkout on the property instead of blocking the view of the lake
  7. No comment written
  8. Yes, would ask that EAC vouch for development of compost pile. Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback.  
  9. No comment written


A good reason to pick up your dog’s Droppings

Did You Know?...

Environmental & Health Consequences of Dog Poop
-       The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency in the States) deemed pet waste a “nonpoint source of pollution” in 1991, which put dog feces in the same category as oil and toxic chemicals!
-       Dog feces are NOT a good fertilizer for grass. It is actually toxic, causing burns and unsightly discolouring.
-       It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. The EPA even estimates that two or three day’s worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it to swimming and shell fishing.
-       Dog feces are one the most common carriers of the following diseases:
§ Heartworms
§ Whipworms
§ Hookworms
§ Roundworms
§ Tapeworms
§ Parvo
§ Corona
§ Giardiasis
§ Salmonellosis
§ Cryptosporidiosis
§ Campylobacteriosis
-       Picking up dog waste reduces flies and their lifecycle. The same flies that lay their eggs in dog waste can then come into our homes and spread diseases as they pause on our counters and our food. Reducing dog feces reduces the fly prevalence.
-       Believe it or not, dogs will eat their own feces. Whilst most dog owners think that this doesn’t apply to their dog, the truth is that most dogs will engage in this unsavoury practice at some point in their life. Dogs evolved as carnivore / scavengers and feces were considered fair game in lean times. To prevent this occasional indiscretion from becoming a life-long habit, feces should be cleaned up as soon as possible, especially in young dogs where the problem is most prevalent.
There is a tremendous amount of information including scientific documentation of the deleterious effect of dog feces available on the internet.

Did You Know…

Spring Lake Winter Aeration November 2010

Did You Know…

the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (the CBC) has started a program called “One Million Acts of Green”. This program helps people determine how environmentally friendly they are. Logging onto their web site takes you to a check list of things you can do to be more environmentally friendly. They have lots of ideas of what people can do year round to cut back on energy being used.
Click here to visit their website.

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