Town secures permanent water diversion license for Emerson Lake

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Friday, July 27, 2018

The Town of High River has secured a permanent diversion license from Alberta Environment to divert water from the Little Bow into Emerson Lake. The license will allow the Town to bring fresh water into the lake on an as-needed basis to continue supporting recreational use and fish habitat.

“It was important to the Town to keep Emerson Lake functional for High River residents, and worked as quickly as possible to get a permanent license in place,” says Jason Craigie, Treatment Facilities Supervisor for the Town. “We are happy to say that High River residents can continue to enjoy Emerson Lake this summer, and for many more summers to come.”

Last year, Alberta Environment discontinued the Town’s temporary diversion license to reroute water from the Little Bow into Emerson Lake. On June 18, the Town began monitoring the water level and quality, including angling or using a gill net to collect fish specimen.

Emerson Lake’s maximum depth is 30 feet and provides ample conditions to support fish habitat. It was created by the Town, in partnership with Alberta Environment, in the early 1980s to provide angling opportunities for High River residents and other Albertans.

Every year, Alberta Environment stocks the Lake with rainbow trout. Anglers may choose to keep or release the trout they catch. Due to the unpredictable water quality, swimming and wading in the lake is prohibited. Use of the lake is also done at your own risk. The area is not supervised nor monitored at any time of the year.

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