The Moose Lake Watershed Society (MLWS) is a watershed stewardship group. It was founded in 2002 as the Moose Lake Water for Life committee, and became a society in 2008. This group was formed to address the health of Moose Lake, increase public knowledge and interest, and improve water quality as well as fish and wildlife habitat. This group is made up of volunteers. If you want to get involved with the MLWS please contact the Moose Lake Watershed Society. The MLWS is also on Facebook so you can keep up to date with the society by liking our MLWS page!
In 2015 the largest accomplishment was the completion of the Moose Lake Handbook. The Handbook includes the history, facts about the watershed and tips on management to ensure the lake will last for generations to come to enjoy.
For 2014, the funding received through the Community Initiative Program for water quality testing in the tributaries funded the cost of Cows and Fish to conduct a Riparian Health Inventory. The RHI Summary Report for the Moose Lake Tributaries.
Thanks to Alberta Parks and the Beaver River Watershed Alliance for the partnership and support of the development of Moose Lake tributary signs which were installed in 2015.
In 2017, MLWS received grant funding to complete 4 sets of tributary samples as well as complete the second year of independent basin sampling in the lake in association with the Alberta Lake Management Society LakeWatch program. For the results of the 2016 basin sampling, 2017 basin sampling, or the LakeWatch results you can go to the ALMS website at www.alms.ca
Work on the Island Bay Park proposal is still underway. The proposal concerns thirteen sections of land, including the island, in the southwest portion of Moose Lake. This area is very sensitive and integral for fish spawning habitat; it acts as a filter for Moose Lake, improving water quality. Island Bay also contains a unique dry pine forest, home to many species of lichen and is important habitat for wildlife. Currently the area is used for many different activities such as oil and gas leases, grazing leases, youth camps, campgrounds and recreational trails. In 2014 the Moose Lake Watershed Society executive met with the Alberta Assistant Deputy Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation to discuss the Island Bay Park proposal. Since then the proposal is sitting with the Government to integrate into the revision of the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan and needs to go to public consultation.
In 2018 we completed the production of our Walking with Moose board game. This game is to be used for the Walking with Moose grade 5 education program that the society runs annually with schools in the area. Walking with Moose allows grade five students to be further educated about the ecosystem of Moose Lake (or Cold Lake depending on the school), supplementing the curriculum, learning about biodiversity, healthy shorelines and forest ecology. The students spend half the day where they collect animals and organisms and place them in containers where they are identified and then returned to their habitat. The students also learn about water quality, wetlands and larger animals that live along the shore such as birds and fish. The second half of the day is spent being guided through the forest, learning about wildlife signs and tracks, vegetation such as lichens and dwarf mistletoe, and the forest ecosystem including potential threats such as the pine beetle, fire and human impacts. Roughly 400 students participate in the program annually.