Sylvan Lake digging into dredging prospects

The Town of Sylvan Lake plans to explore the feasibility of dredging up a beach to replace the sand lost to high water levels.

The Town of Sylvan Lake plans to explore the feasibility of dredging up a beach to replace the sand lost to high water levels.

Graders were regularly used in the 1980s to scrape sand up into a beach, but stiffer environmental regulations ended the practice.

But now that water levels are at an all-time high and the popular beach has disappeared, there is interest in checking out ways to restore it.

“It’s really quite a challenging task that we’re up against,” said Mayor Susan Samson.

The town doesn’t know if Alberta Environment would allow dredging, how much it would cost or even whether it is physically feasible.

“Now, we’re faced with the highest lake levels in the history of Sylvan Lake,” said Samson.

“What if we dredged all the sand up and we had a big storm? Where would the sand go? It could be gone in an instant.”

Staff have been asked to check into the issue and come back with a report.

There was much discussion at council about whether to ask residents in the upcoming census if they would like a new beach created.

Samson said there were concerns that the answer would inevitably be yes, but the town may not be able to deliver.

A report to council says that Alberta Parks has already said it would not support a dredged beach, which could create a sharp dropoff where the new beach ended.

Council has already approved a Plan B. This year’s budget includes $25,000 to create a manufactured beach somewhere in the green space on the lakeshore.

Exactly where it will go has not yet been decided, but it is expected to be ready for this swimming season.

pcowley@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Springbrook Skate Park gets financial boost

Province approves $125,000 grant for proposed skate park

ReThink Red Deer gets thumbs up from city on pollinator barn structure

Group is hoping to get a $40,000 building grant

Driver who backed into Red Deer pizzeria sentenced

David Andrew Amstutz sentenced for failing to remain at the crash scene

Team Alberta athletes arrive in Red Deer on Saturday for pre-games orientation

Excitement is building with less than a month to go, says Team Alberta spokesperson

UPDATED: STARS Lottery is back

Lacombe STARS patient tells his story

Trudeau says politicians shouldn’t prey on Canadians’ fears

The Prime Minister was speaking at a townhall in Ontario

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

Netflix rejects request to remove Lac-Megantic images from ‘Bird Box’

At least two shows on Netflix’s Canadian platform briefly use actual footage of the 2013 tragedy

Teen vaping is an epidemic: US government

E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance used by teenagers, outpacing cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana

‘I never said there was no collusion,’ Trump lawyer says

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he has ‘never said there was no collusion’

Most Read