Town has no jurisdiction over lake level

Once again, I feel the need to respond to a letter in the paper, where a “little common sense” and some research

Dear Editor,

Once again, I feel the need to respond to a letter in the paper, where a “little common sense” and some research could have saved us all some time.

We moved to Sylvan Lake in 2003, hot on the heels of two very dry years. Yes, there were miles of beach to play on, but we heard nothing but lament of how low the water level was. Fast forward 10 years, hot on the heels of several very wet years, and hey, we have nothing but lament of how high the water is. This is the natural cycle of a lake folks. Give it another 10 years and it will likely be low again. I am sure Mr. Hallgren, having been here ‘on and off since 1931’, has seen this many times.

Complaining about it to town council is of no value, other than fodder for Letters to the Editor. The town has no jurisdiction, or authority, over the waters of the lake. That solely belongs to the Department of Oceans and Fisheries Canada. So, lay off council. There is nothing they can, or will, do about the level of the lake, and badgering them isn’t going to change that.

For those concerns, please feel free to contact the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister for Oceans and Fisheries. The phone number for the Central and Arctic Office in Sarnia is 866-290-3731, or check out their website at www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca. Waters are a federal matter, not municipal.

David Spencer,

Sylvan Lake

Just Posted

NDP Leader Rachel Notley stops in Red Deer on campaign trail

Notley promises hospital expansion, cath lab, pipelines and energy industry expansion

Town of Sylvan Lake looking for input on dog lake access

The Town held an open house about lake access for dogs on March 14

New high school a priority for Sylvan Lake, says Chinook’s Edge

Chinook’s Edge has prioritized a new high school in its 2020-2023 capital budget

West Central Peewee Tigers crowned SCAHL league champions

The Tigers are set to continue their dominating season at Peewee AA Provincials March 28

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

New Leger polls suggests federal Liberals lagging Conservatives

Overall, 31 per cent of respondents polled said they would vote for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals

Teen girl accused in plot to attack Kamloops school with weapons out on bail

Judge warned the girl she would be back in jail if she threatened to shoot anyone

Oil prices, Alberta election call cloud Stampede chuckwagon auction expectations

The top money bid last year came from Versatile Energy Services, Ltd.

Lacombe hosts 6th Invasive Species Council Conference at LMC

Council looks to protect native ecological environments in Alberta

Pot industry welcomes decreased edibles tax, but unhappy medical tax remains

Taxes can increase the cost of medical cannabis by as much as 25 per ceny

‘It has to send a message:’ Broncos families await sentencing for truck driver

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving and apologized in court

MPs continue voting marathon as Tories protest shutdown of Wilson-Raybould motion

Multiple MPs have resigned from Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Most Read