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Pigeon Lake Watershed Association
P.O. Box 1353
Calmar, Alberta
T0C 0V0

Community Update

SUMMER VILLAGES OF PIGEON LAKE REGIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (Media Release, March 17, 2020): In view of the current Coronavirus situation the Emergency Advisory Committee has voted to unanimously approve the partial activation of Regional Emergency Management Program to keep the public informed, monitor the situation, follow provincial requests and plan for business continuity to protect vital municipal services with our virtual Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC).

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Pigeon Lake Watershed Association

The PLWA is a charitable, non-profit environmental advocacy group made up of people who live, work and play in Pigeon Lake and its Watershed. 

The PLWA partners with residents, groups and governments willing to step up because we are the lake stewards. Together we are enhancing the health of the watershed and lake... the place we cherish!

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Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan

 The Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan, rooted in science & endorsed by the municipalities, is our road map for change.

Visit to review the Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan (the "PLAN"). Key watershed actions and information for the health of the lake!  


Postponed - Farming for Tomorrow: Free Information for Local Producers
    Thursday, April 2, 2020, 7-9:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Gramma Bear's Bakery

In the interest of keeping our community as safe as possible given concerns around COVID-19 this event has been postponed. Stay tuned for a new date. Be well!



Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation in Areas Around Pigeon Lake

February 2020 - In the summer of 2018 the Alder Flats, Winfield, Buck Lake, Pigeon Lake areas and one location one mile west of Wetaskiwin experienced an in flight of mountain pine. In 2019, 33 sites have been confirmed. This tree-killing bark beetle's main host is lodgepole pine. Although native to Canada, the beetle can be considered invasive if it invades new regions. For dead trees. action is required. If you suspect a Mountain Pine Beetle infestation on your property please consult your Summer Village or County's website.

Mountain Pine Beetle - County of Wetaskiwin
Fact Sheet Natural Resources Canada

Did you know...Prussian Carp, and whirling disease have been found in Alberta waterways. Zebra and Quagga Mussels are in lakes as close as Manitoba and Montana. And, Eurasian Watermilfoil is in lakes in British Columbia. These “happy travellers” easily attach to boats and marine equipment. When boats and watercrafts come to Pigeon Lake from other lakes the risk of infecting our lake is high. Once in the lake, it's almost impossible to eradicate invasive species and eradication efforts come at a high cost to taxpayers. Prevention is the best measure. The Pigeon Lake Watershed Association and the Alliance of Pigeon Lake Municipalities are working together to implement a prevention strategy.

Pigeon Lake Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Strategy

Clean Drain Dry
your watercraft and gear!

Aquatic Invasive Species

Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan

Objective 7a Pigeon Lake / In-Lake Management
Invasive Species: Improve education and build local defenses to keep out aquatic invasive species.


PLWA Christmas Creature Count
Spotted at Pigeon Lake, December 27, 2019
All respondents spotted Black-capped Chickadees. 10-29 was the maximum number of Black-capped Chickadees seen at one time.  The maximum number of other creatures reported: 3 Crows/Ravens, 2 Grouse, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Woodpeckers, 1 Fox, 2 Red Squirrels, 1 Northern Flying Squirrel, 5 Dogs, 10-29 Humans (smiling friends and family)
Thanks to the Pigeon Lake residents who let us know what creatures they saw at the lake! 


2018-19 Annual Report !!


PLWA hosts another successful Love the Lake Fun Family Day

Families joined us for the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association’s Annual Love the Lake Family Fun Day at the Provincial Park on August 10th to have fun and learn about lake stewardship, nature, and biodiversity.  Families got to meet Rickie the Northern Saw-whet Owl, learn about wildlife, check out bat artifacts, and participate in crafts, games, and face-painting.

Thanks to the Mulhurst Fire Dept, Cows and Fish, Beaverhill Bird Observatory, Alberta Community Bat Program, Pigeon Lake Provincial Park Staff, Alberta Lake Management Society, Pigeon Lake Public Library, Pigeon Lake Chamber of Commerce, the PLWA staff and Director, and the terrific volunteers who all helped to make the day a huge success!  

Nature Alberta’s Living by the Water, Love your Shoreline Assessments (Norris and Itaska)


Aquatic Invasive Species Strategy 


2017-18 Annual Report !!


AB Gov Pigeon Lake Shoreline Assessment
 Presented at the PLWA AGM

Key Highlights 


2018 APLM & PLWA Newsletter!


PLWA 2018 AGM & Open House
- August 11
AGM Agenda
Report to Members - Financials and Progress
PLWMP Progress / Update
Shoreline Restoration Project Presentation


Annual Report with 2017 Highlights HOT off the press!



See the Winter Newsletter - posted December 31st 2017!


336 people completed the 2017 Clean Runoff Survey on behalf of at least 751 people.  Thank-you everyone!


Read the PLAN Engagement Update - Results SO FAR.


The Pigeon Lake Draft "PLAN" Survey is closed. Thanks to everyone filled in the survey.  The draft "Plan" can be seen at  


Watch the
Video with your neighbours opinions about why we ALL need to participate in the Clean Runoff Program for the lake.


2017 Leaders Session


2017 Spring Joint Pigeon Lake Newsletter!

2016 Winter Joint PLWA/APLM Newsletter!


2015 Lakewatch Report 

Our annual water monitor program   

    PLWA Annual 2015-16 Report 
    New Friendly Format


Ma-Me-O Lake Garden July 24!

PLWA 2016 AGM 
01 - Welcome & 02 Financials
03 - Members Report
04 - APLM 'In-Lake Update'
05 - PLWMP Update & Clean Runoff Guide Action Launch
06 - Intro to the Clean Runoff Action Guide
07 - Clean Runoff Actions On-the-Ground

Mission Beach Demonstration Garden July 9th!
See more photos in the Gallery!


Preliminary Draft ALBERTA Clean Runoff Action Guide Released at the PLWA AGM! 


Rain Barrel Campaign!   We are adding at least 57 rain rain barrels to our watershed to catch and direct to deep rooted plants to clean and slowly enter the lake - clean!!

If you ordered your Rain Barrel before July 23 you can pick up July 30th at Lakedell.

Great turnout at the Annual Leaders Session!!

 “I saw the agents for change come together.  I see action.  It is going to take time, but this group is headed in the right direction.”   Mark Smith, MLA for Pigeon Lake


Did you read the March 25th Progress Report


Did you see?   The latest overview on the work being done by the Alliance of Pigeon Lake Municipalities and the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association   APLM - What Weve Done Brochure - November 2015.pdf


  Great session with some of the local Pigeon Lake landscape professionals  December 11th!      See presentation. 


  Missed the latest Wastewater Update

  PLWMP Cosmetic Fertilizer Survey Results
posted on

The Model Land Use Bylaw: Lakeshore Environmental Development Provisions (for land use within 800 metres from the shore) now finalized.  The PLWA encourages the use of this as a reference document for any new developments or lot re-developments and/or bylaw reviews. 


Protect Pigeon Lake from Aquatic Invasive Species !

Learn more about AIS!


When it Comes to Water We're All Connected

2014 Year End Homesite Living By Water Report

  • The LbW Homesite Consultation is A FREE SERVICE for all watershed residents to learn how to be a good lake steward. The report highlights how we are doing to become a lake friendly watershed community.

  • View more information on Homesite Consultation


Interested in Water Quality?

Then you'll be interested in the PLWA Summary Report on Methods for the Control of Nuisance Blue-green Algae (Cyanobacteria). It provides an Executive Summary; root causes of B-G Algae, details of the PLWA work, and what we are currently advocating for. As well, there is a detailed review of the work done on each of the options.

This Report was completed, in part, to the request for feedback, following the release of the AB Env/Sustainable Resources Development Report: Lake and Watershed Management Options for the Control of Nuisance Blue-Green Algal (Cyanobacteria) Blooms in Pigeon Lake, Alberta, 2012.

You may also be interested in the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development report by Chris Teichreb: From Monitoring to Management: Working Towards Maintaining and Improving Water Quality at Pigeon Lake

What You Need for Clean Runoff!

Learn from the Clean Runoff Action Guide about the importance of clean runoff.  Evaluate your lot runoff, and choose what you want to do!

ADD NATIVE PLANTS! View the Native Pollinator picture filled guide and use the quick reference Native Plant List for the height, colour, sun/shade and blooming times. 

ADD NATIVE GRASS or CLOVER to your lawn! 250 gm pkg for 1500 ft. 

Use RAIN BARRELS to water plants; catch and redirect the overflow to trees/deep rooted plants. Includes overflow hose, spout and mosquito filter.

Visit PLWA Staff at the Lakedell Farmers Market fridays from 4-7pm for more information.

Silent Auction

Auction Closed

Thank you to everyone who participated! We appreciate your support of the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association. Winners have been contacted to organize pickup.


Bob Marley the Pelican” : Matthew Thurm
Bob Stevenson – Birds of the River

"Warm Water" Medium Hand Crafted Quilt : Jay Brinker
Margaret Hrynew

Cattails” : Joe & Susan Ellis
Margot Soltice – Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society

Cheep Rent” : Trevor Frost
Gail Farewell – Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society

“In Progress” : Karie Holt
Dale Shuttleworth – Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society

Twitter: G Mckenzie 
Marcia Schmidt– Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society

Clothesline” : Lois Field
Penny Stokes– Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society

Map of Pigeon Lake

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