Aquatic Invasive Species
What are Aquatic Invasive Species?
Aquatic Invasive Species are plants and animals (mussels) that can infest our lake, damage pumps and irrigation systems, and clog boat props.
Once established, aquatic invasive species are almost impossible to remove.
What you can do to protect Chestermere Lake:
If you want to launch a boat that has been in any body of water outside of Alberta:
- Clean: Always clean, drain, and dry your boat and all recreational gear.
- Dry: Keep the boat out of the water for at least 30 days to ensure no mussels have survived.
- Inspect: If it has not been out of the water for more than 30 days, have your boat inspected. Call Toll Free: 1 855 336-2628 (BOAT) for the nearest inspection site.
Flowering Rush Research Update
Researchers from the Alberta Government were out establishing plots and speaking with homeowners. Residents are asked to avoid areas around the plots to minimize disturbances. All plot markers will be removed after the water is drained from the lake, sometime after Thanksgiving.
Diver assisted Suction Harvesting (to remove Flowering Rush) is planned to begin in the south portion of the lake on Aug 21 and is expected to take approximately 5 days to complete the removal. Boaters, please avoid the south end bay and if you see the divers give them space to work.
If you see any Flowering Rush in the lake, do not remove or touch it as disturbing it can cause it to spread more easily. Learn more about Ms. Kimmel's Research here.
Invasive Species of the Week:
August 7-11: Himalayan Balsam
July 31-August 4: Yellow Flag Iris
July 24-28:Eurasian Watermilfoil
July 17-21: Whirling Disease
July 10-14: Prussian Carp
July 3-7: Zebra & Quagga Mussels
June 26-30: Flowering Rush
The City of Chestermere is pleased to collaborate with Alberta
Information about Chestermere's work on Aquatic Invasive Species
- Read our Chestermere Aquatic Invasive Species Watch list for more information on concerns to our lake.
- Read about the research happening in Chestermere Lake during 2017 to help determine the best methods of controlling Flowering Rush.
- "Development Of Best Strategies For The Control Of Butomus umbellatus L. (Flowering Rush) In Alberta". Lisa Cahoon, University of Calgary
General Resources & Information
- Information brochure for how to clean, drain & dry your boat & equipment
- Video of the Dangers of Invasive Species
- Video on how to clean your boat
- Information Brochure on protective Alberta's Irrigation System