Managing cumulative effects on lake is goal of plan accepted by councillors

Sylvan Lake councillors accepted the Sylvan Lake Cumulative Effects Management Plan-Phase 1 for information at their meeting

Sylvan Lake councillors accepted the Sylvan Lake Cumulative Effects Management Plan-Phase 1 for information at their meeting Monday night.

The 49-page document is the first of a two-step process to develop a system to manage cumulative effects for Sylvan Lake watershed.

The plan “provides detailed background on general concepts associated with Cumulative Effects Management, and the specific vision, objectives and outcomes of the Sylvan Lake watershed, as decided upon by all governing bodies and interest stakeholders,” according to the executive summary of the document.

The plan establishes three objectives: collaborative planning; environmentally healthy watershed and lake; and planned diverse recreation.

“The Cumulative Effects Management System (CEMS) framework for Sylvan Lake watershed has created a way to collaborate on decision making through the creation of a collective vision and mission which will be achieved through identified outcomes with supporting goals, implementation plans, and management frameworks,” the summary states.

The next step is to establish an implementation plan and general timelines to achieve the objectives.

The project is the work of Sylvan Lake Management Committee which includes all eight municipalities around the lake as well as resources from provincial and federal government departments and Sylvan Lake Watershed Stewardship Society.