Recent and Upcoming Events
- The MLMA 2020 Annual General Meeting was held via Zoom on November 29, 2020.
- Special guest speakers were Dave Trew, past Executive Director of the NSWA and Calib Sinn, Program Coordinator for the Alberta Lake Management Society. Dave and Calib spoke about the summer LakeKeepers program, which included testing of water at Mayatan Lake.
- Dave Trew's presentation can be viewed here.
- President's Report 2020 can be viewed here.
- Minutes of the 2020 AGM can be viewed here.
- The last MLMA Board meeting was held January 20th, 2021 by Zoom.
- May 4th, 2019 – The ninth annual Boat Launch and Roadside Clean-up and Bar-b-que was held. Barbeque was held at Connie Schuster's residence afterwards.
- The Implementation Committee for the Mayatan Lake Watershed Management Plan met on May 23, 2019 at the AEP offices in Spruce Grove. The Committee endorsed a project to engage the community in gathering local data using the NatureLynx app developed by Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. The Committee also endorsed the notion of looking at making the Lakes of Parkland County (LOPC) into a formal organization.
- The Third Annual Education Day with Duffield Grade 5 Students in the Afternoon at Mayatan Lake Boat Launch was scheduled for May 30th but had to be postponed due to the smoke from the forest fires in Northern Alberta. The event was rescheduled to June 20th, 2019, and again had to be cancelled due to extreme rainfall! We took the lunch that had been prepared to Duffield school and served it to the Grade 5's. Let's hope nature cooperates next year... Thanks to Connie Schuster for a great lunch!
- On June 9th, 2019, a workshop was held to build a community purple martin house. The house kit was purchased through Del McKinnon of the Purple Martin Conservancy in Ponoka. The house will be erected on the Sluchinski property near the entrance to Mayatan Lake Estates. A good time was had by all!
- The MLMA completed another successful set of projects funded under the Alberta Stewardship Network, funded by the Land Stewardship Center. The 2019 grant was completed on December 1, 2020. Major projects completed were:
- ALMS carried out sampling on Mayatan Lake in 2020. Samples were collected from June-September. MLMA members facilitated the boat and assisted in the data collection. MLMA also funded a program under the ALMS LakeKeepers project in 2020. Two sub-basins of Mayatan Lake were tested.
- A 12 compartment purple martin bird house was constructed and erected at the entrance to the Mayatan Lake Estates subdivision. The plans and materials were obtained from the Purple Martin Conservancy, under the leadership of Del McKinnon from Ponoka.
- .MLMA served lunch to the Grade 5 students at Duffield school and made presentations on stewardship.
- An online workshop was sponsored by the Alberta Biomonitoring Institute's Jordan Bell to instruct residents on how to use the NatureLynx app to document the flora and fauna of the Mayatan Lake Watershed. The workshop slides can be viewed on the NSWA website at https://www.nswa.ab.ca/resource/nswa-presentations/
- The Mayatan Lake boat launch and shoreline cleanup was completed, along with 6 miles of roadway along Range Road 30 and Township Road 524. The cleanup was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19.
- The Maytan Lake Watershed Management Plan Implementation Committee held two meetings in 2020. The MLMA also participated in seven Ad Hoc Committee meetings over the summer 2020 to recalibrate the goals for 2020-2022. The next meeting is scheduled for March 2021.
- The water level equipment was installed for 2019 and again for 2020.. Local resident Conny Schuster took bi-weekly measurements and submitted them to AEP.
- New “Sensitive Habitat” signage put up at the boat launch. Rpairs were made to the Maytan Lake boat launch bulletin board.
- The MLMA is featured in a November 19, 2019 email from the Land Stewardship Center entitiled "Apply for a 2020 Watershed Stewardship Grant Today". The email included a video interview with MLMA President Walt Neilson describing how the Land Stewardship Center has helped the MLMA further its goals. You can view the interview here. Learn more about the Land Stewardship Center at landstewardship.org.
- The MLMA has received a $2,500 grant from the Land Stewardship Center for a project entitled:
Projects in Support of Implementation of the Mayatan Lake Watershed Management Plan
The goal of the implementation project is to improve or maintain the health of the watershed, consistent with the goals of the Water for Life: Alberta's Strategy for Sustainability, and with the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance's Integrated Watershed Management Plan. This project aligns with the mandate of the Mayatan Lake Management Association, which is dedicated to undertaking actions to preserve and protect the Mayatan Lake watershed.
The implementation of the Mayatan Lake Watershed Management Plan will be a multi-phase process. The Plan contains 39 Policy, Technical, and Stewardship recommendations. The following table of MLMA activities in support of the recommendations shows our ongoing commitment to the Plan’s implementation.