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The Bike Park will be open Tuesday - Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Friday - Sunday from 12:30 - 9 p.m. Weather permitting. If there is a rain fall or wind storm, the park will be closed. It may take up to 36 hours for the park to reopen after a storm.Last updated: June 1, 2020
In order to ensure that physical distancing and maximum rider numbers are consistently enforced, the park needs to be staffed at all times. The operating hours allow our limited number of staff to overlap their shifts in order to take breaks and monitor the park for safety requirements.Last updated: June 1, 2020
The pump track, strider track and skills loop are open as of June 1 (weather dependent). When it rains, the park will be closed for up to 36 hours in order to dry the tracks complete maintenance.All the advanced tracks will remain closed at this time as they are not currently in a safe riding condition. These tracks invite many other users from communities outside of Chestermere and are the ones that result in the most number of injuries.At this time, we are not encouraging people from other cities to visit our recreational facilities, and given COVID-19 we cannot safely administer first aid.Staff will re-assess the new COVID-19 safety protocols and consider re-opening or partially re-opening the advanced tracks after June 30.
The staged approach provides an opportunity for Bike Park staff to better monitor physical distancing upon the initial re-opening as well as the reduce potential for injuries requiring first aid treatment.
Last updated: June 3, 2020
Access gates will be limited to one entrance via West Creek Drive. The other entrances, on Lavender Lane and via the storm pond, will be sealed off at this time so that staff can monitor the total number of riders in the park.
Last updated: June 1, 2020
Patrons will be required to sign-in with their name and phone number (number of parent or guardian) for safety and COVID-19 tracing purposes. Parents will be contacted if a child is injured.
Staff will monitor the number of patrons (hourly head counts) in the park and close the gate when they reach 15 cyclists. Signage will be posted to notify waiting users that the park is at capacity. The sign will be removed and more riders can be provided access to the park once current users leave.
No, at this time, users are asked to bring their own water bottles and porta-potties will be limited to staff use only.
Staff were hired as soon as it was confirmed that the Bike Park would re-open. These staff required some specialized training before they could begin maintaining the Park features.
Statistics are one of the important measures we look at as we consider what restrictions to add, ease or lift. While the Provincial regulations are enforced by us, we don’t determine those regulations. We continue to watch our local numbers regularly and are pleased that our numbers are less than ¼ of what was expected in April’s modelling. We felt that now was an appropriate time to relax some of our current restrictions, a process which actually began at the beginning of May.
Last Updated: June 1, 2020
No. This isn’t legally permitted. Chestermere Lake is owned by the Western Irrigation District and under the guidance of the federal Navigable Waters Act, which means that we cannot discriminate against those using the Lake by where they live. We are limited in our ability to control who can access and use it but we are putting in other measures to keep people safe when launching a boat or on the water. For details on the boat launch, visit www.chestermere.ca/boats.
Last Updated: June 1, 2020
Yes if they want to, and they must do so under the provincial guidance and local regulations. Nail salons are slated to open in stage 2.
Yes. Restaurants started opening on May 14, with capacity restrictions, physical distancing and hygiene guidelines. Our businesses are listed on our interactive website and as we get confirmation from restaurants, we will update the map.Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars must operate at no more than 50% seating capacity. Outdoor patio seating areas must also be limited to 50% capacity or less. Tables and chairs must be arranged so that no less than 2m physical distance is maintained between each dining party, or physical barriers installed where tables cannot be adequately separated by the minimum 2m physical distance. All persons not seated must maintain a 2m physical distance from another person, unless the other person is a member of the same household.
It’s not a particular time, but more about statistics and numbers and safety.
Community gardens are open and we will be having our Parks Department collaborate with the community on safe ways to participate in community gardening.
Yes. And as of May 7, the dog pebble beach has reopened. Rules remain in effect: do not gather in groups larger than 15 and maintain at least 2 metres of distance from anyone you do not live with. Trails and pathways also remain open under these same regulations.
Yes, as long as you stay a minimum of 2 metres from any person who does not live in your household.
Yes, CHEMA has lifted the restriction on public use of sports fields. While organized sports are still prohibited, families can play with their kids and friends. Rules remain in effect.Parents are responsible for their children and they must ensure that the rules are followed for everyone’s own safety. Parents must responsibly and closely monitor their children, and encourage them to practice safe physical distancing. Gathering with more than 15 people is not permitted.
Last Updated June 1, 2020
Yes. If you are not in self-isolation/quarantine, you can walk, bike, rollerblade or scoot your way around the community. You must still give others at least 2 metres of space when passing them. Remember that paths also have pedestrians. Please ride responsibly. The maximum speed permitted on a pathway is 10km.
Yes. The Provincial government has advised CHEMA that it is closely examining ways in which our summer time activities, including lake activities, can be done safely in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. That said, rental of lake activity equipment is currently prohibited by the Province. However, families can use their own equipment and enjoy the lake. More details are available at www.chestermere.ca/boats.
Yes. CHEMA lifted its restriction on golf some time ago and the Province has now allowed golf courses to open under increased sanitation measures. CHEMA has worked with the golf course on developing enhanced safety measures which are now in place.
Yes, they are open as of June 1. Playground equipment is not sanitized and will be used at your own risk. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All users (children, parents, guardians) must maintain a two-metre physical distance from any person who does not live in their household. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in fines and/or the playground being closed.Last updated, June 1, 2020
Yes, the courts are open as of June 1. The maximum number of people permitted to be on the court at one time is four (4). Equipment is not sanitized and will be used at your own risk. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All users (children, parents, guardians) must maintain a two-metre physical distance from any person who does not live in their household. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in fines and/or the park being closed.
Yes, the skate park is open as of June 1. Equipment is not sanitized and will be used at your own risk. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All users (children, parents, guardians) must maintain a two-metre physical distance from any person who does not live in their household. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in fines and/or the park being closed.Last updated: June 1, 2020
Yes, as of June 1, the pump track, strider track and skills loop at the Bike Park will be open Tuesday - Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Friday - Monday from 12:30 - 9 p.m., weather permitting. Advanced tracks will remain closed for the time being and maximum capacity and other restrictions are in place. Equipment will not be sanitized and will be used at your own risk. View the Bike Park FAQ for more details.
The vast majority of regulations regarding COVID-19 and ways to be safe during the pandemic are from the Province. Our local orders are currently set until June 30th and will be monitored and reviewed up to and after that date. The Chestermere Emergency Management team is in regular communication with numerous health and government officials and agencies and it monitors the statistics and provincial updates daily. If it is deemed safe, the regulations could be lifted, or amended.
During a state of local emergency, City Council empowers the Chestermere Emergency Management Agency (CHEMA) in our city to make the decisions they deem necessary to protect our community. Orders are reviewed by a legal team and supported by City Council. Check out this page for a list of which level of government looks after each components of a pandemic. CHEMA is led by the Director of Emergency Management (DEM) who signs all Orders. All communities must have such a position and such a person must be trained and experienced in the position. In Chestermere’s case, the Director of Emergency Management also happens to be the City’s CAO. At this time, he is working full-time on both positions.
Regulations vary. The Provincial and Federal Government are responsible for province-wide and nation-wide restrictions, and municipalities have the responsibility to manage their own local community via states of emergency. In some cases, the Provincial and Federal Orders are more strict, and in some communities, the local authority imposes additional regulations based on their circumstances. A local authority can strengthen provincial regulations or add community specific rules, but they cannot relax a provincial or federal regulation. The Chestermere Emergency Management Agency carefully considers how best to protect everyone in our community and has implemented additional measures to keep our citizens safe. While some communities are experiencing major outbreaks, we are thankful that our measures are working to keep our confirmed cases low and our community safe. You can see our comparative statistics with regional cases here.
In response to the widespread nature and cascading impacts of COVID-19, the Government of Alberta (GoA) declared a State of Public Health Emergency on March 17. The Provincial Operations Centre (POC) is currently operating at Operational Level 3 as of 1800 hrs May 23 with the continued implementation of Alberta’s relaunch strategy.
Provincial Operations Centre (POC) Operational Level
Operational Level Description
Level 1 - Routine - Routine & Potential Incidents Assessed & Circulated To PS Partners
Level 2 - Augmented - Incident Potential Significant (eg. Disrupt Community Functioning)
Level 3 - Mandatory Coor’d Of Key GOA Org’s To Respond To A Significant Incident
Level 4 - Mandatory Full GOA Coord For A Significant Incident
There are currently 146 municipal EOC/ECC/ICP Activations throughout the province.There are 32 municipal State of Local Emergencies in place at 31 First Nation State of Local Emergencies in place regarding COVID-19.
Everyday, Council’s emergency Committee reviews data and details regarding local, provincial and federal response. The declaration of a local state of emergency is determined by the Chair of the committee, who is the Mayor.
A State of Local Emergency (SOLE) is declared and stays active to enable a local authority to efficiently handle an emergency situation. While we are very pleased that our local COVID-19 cases are low, it does not mean that the virus has been eradicated. Keeping the SOLE in place continues to express the seriousness of the situation, respond effectively if our numbers were to change and coordinate an effective response as we continue to slowly reopen amenities and facilities. While the state of emergency is currently in effect until August 18, it can be rescinded at any time. CHEMA, Council and our legal team continue to keep a close eye on the pandemic situation and will remove the state of emergency as soon as they believe it is safe to do so.
Yes so long as attendees are limited to members of your household.Last updated: June 1, 2020
Yes but the total number of people congregating inside, outside, or in the back or front yard, on the property of a permanent dwelling shall not exceed 15. All guests should be screened prior to entry to ensure they are not sick.
No. As CHEMA has changed the household gathering requirements to now include friends, cohort families will continue to be prohibited in Chestermere.
Yes. Contractors for household maintenance are permitted in a permanent dwelling provided they have been pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms by the homeowner, using these questions and they must wear a mask while conducting business inside the dwelling.
Yes. You should avoid gatherings, but you can stop to talk to a few people (so long as you are at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with).
CHEMA’s guidelines restrict gatherings any larger than 15 people and require everyone to be at least 2 metres away. Gatherings are not recommended, and the Chestermere Emergency Management Agency (CHEMA) suggests finding alternate ways to celebrate. However, if you must meet with a few others, keep the group as small as possible, do not share any items and set 2 metre limits clearly so others can observe physical distancing.
Yes, as long as everyone is at least 2 metres apart and there are no more than 15 people congregating.
Yes but everyone must be at least 2 metres apart at all times, including when entering the yard. Any items that are touched (gate handle) should be sanitized before and after use. A maximum of 15 people is permitted.
No. Garage sales can be very busy with many people gathering and touching common surfaces, so they are prohibited during the pandemic.
No. These events require many people touching many items and are not considered to be a safe practice during the pandemic.
No. While spring is usually a great time for farmers’ markets, lemonade stands and other fun activities, by their nature they invite people to the same spot who would be touching the same items. Therefore, this is not permitted at this time.
Yes, we strongly recommend wearing a mask, particularly when in crowded spaces like grocery stores or other businesses. Masks are required when you are a client in a business that cannot maintain 2 metres of physical distancing (such as at a salon).Last updated: June 1, 2020
We have been reminding people of the importance of this through our website and social media. We have also made our RCMP officers and Community Peace Officers aware and they are visiting high traffic places. This is a 10km per hour speed limit for cyclists and we ask that they respectfully be cautious and courteous to pedestrians.
We strongly recommend that people wear masks when in places where others are congregating. It hasn’t been mandated unless you are going to a business where the client and service provider cannot maintain the 2m distance, but we will encourage it.
If you can keep them at home, do so, to limit the number of people entering the business.
We are hoping to get more guidelines from the Province on that, but don’t have any information yet. However, we do recognize that it would be challenging to be socially distant with people on a boat so we take that into consideration as we work on our local regulations.
Check out the listing on our website here. If your company is supplying or selling masks, email email@example.com to have your business added.Last updated: June 1, 2020
Yes, you are permitted to use the field in a group of up to 15 people. All participants who are from outside your household must maintain a minimum of 2 meters distance from others. It is advised to carry your own hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Sick or symptomatic individuals must stay home.
At this time, league play is prohibited in Chestermere and across Alberta.
Sports equipment should not be shared with people outside your household. Sanitize equipment before and after use. Bring your own individual water bottles and snacks from home as well.
Bring your own individual water bottles and snacks from home.
Sharing food or beverages is a high-risk activity for spreading COVID-19.
You may access the City of Chestermere Land Use bylaw on the city’s website. Part four of the land use bylaw speaks about development applications and enumerates specific types of work that do not require a development permit.
Seniors can contact Alberta Seniors and Community Support toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or the Ministry’s website for more information on:•Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors program•The Alberta Seniors Benefit•Other provincial programs and services for seniors Ministry Website
No. Alcohol consumption on a vessel is prohibited unless it was manufactured with sleeping quarters, meal preparation area (galley), a built in lavatory/washroom, and is moored for the evening.
Yes. Impaired driving laws under the Criminal Code extend to vessels in waterways, train operation, and aircraft operation. Possession of liquor in a vessel is also prohibited and subject to seizure and a fine under the Gaming and Liquor Act.
Yes. The portion of the lake North of the causeway has a speed limit of 12km/hr. The remainder of the lake has a 10km/hr speed limit within 30 meters of shore.
Yes. You are obligated to provide proof of operator competency (pleasure craft operator license), proof of ownership (vessel licencing), and must produce all required safety equipment. If you refuse to cooperate, the police may board your vessel to check for these items and if required order you to leave the lake. Violations for non compliance may also result in a court appearance and fines.
No. You cannot tow a person after dark.
You may only have as many people as you have seats which does not exceed the recommended weight for your vessel. This includes any persons towed by your vessel.
Yes, as long as you have a spotter on your PWC and an additional seat for each towed person.
** All persons who operate a pleasure craft regardless of age require a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, or in the case of a rental has received appropriate instruction **
Under 12 years of age with no direct supervision: May operate a boat up to 10hp (7.5kW) engine power.
Ages 12 to under 16 with no direct supervision: May operate a boat up to 40hp (30kW) engine power.
Under 16 years of age, regardless of supervision: May not operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC)
16 years of age or older: No horsepower restrictions.
Under the Council tab, you will find a link to minutes under Council Meetings. This page gives you a list of the most recent minutes approved by Council.
You can find that on our Civic Alerts page
Download the Chestermere Recycles App or view our PDF map for the garbage pickup schedule.
Yes! Our Community Services Department offers a variety of programming opportunities for everyone from infants to seniors. Please call 403-207-7060 for the latest available programs or check out our Community Services webpage.
Yes. Download the Chestermere Recycles App to find out what goes in your Blue Bin or can be dropped off at the Eco Centre.
The City issues utility bills for water, wastewater (sewage), garbage & recycling services every month. You can pay through pre-authorized payments, through online/telephone banking, mail or credit card online. Visit our utilities billing & account page to learn more.
Yes. Permits are issued through the Development Services Department. Visit their webpage to learn more about the permits you will need to do any construction on your home.
The Parent & Caregiver Support Services is the new division that will carry out the new Spoke Services under the Family Resource Network model, and will be providing free, universal skill-building and educational programs, information, and resources to support and meet the needs of parents and families in Chestermere.
Given the current pandemic situation we have not been able to confirm our spacing needs, and what our presence will look like at Chestermere’s City Hall. What we can confirm is that our programs will be delivered in a variety of ways, and settings. We will be offering virtual programs, and using technology to provide support and information to parents and families.
When the pandemic is over, and social distancing measures lifted, we will be offering off-site learning opportunities for families at different locations and time of day throughout Chestermere.
No. The Family Resource Network model follows the new Well-Being & Resiliency Framework, and so the programs and services will look different. The Parent & Caregiver Support Services team will be delivering a variety of universal, community-based informational and skill-building programs, and resources designed for parents and families with children 0-13 years of age.
The Aspen Commons Family Resource Hub will be providing additional supports and services for families in Chestermere, and other communities that are included in our region including Strathmore, Wheatland County, and SE Rocky View.
They will offer a broad spectrum of prevention programs to intensive services for families with children 0-18 years of age, for example play-based learning for children. To learn more about their programs and services please visit: https://www.aspenfamily.org/programs/frnchestermere-strathmore
We will be providing virtual learning opportunities for families in the coming weeks through Skype, and WebEx, and also providing pre-recorded videos for families to watch with information and strategies to support you and your family during COVID-19. We will also be regularly posting helpful resources, articles, and links on our website and Facebook page. In addition, we will also be rolling out an online Ages & Stages Questionnaire database where families can complete a developmental screen for their child (0-60 months of age) on their smart phone, tablet or computer.
We are also available or over the phone support from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, or via email. Families are welcome to call us at (403) 207-7050 to connect with one of our helpful and experienced Caregiver Support Facilitators.
To check out our new website and list of helpful resources please visit: www.chestermere.ca/pcss (we will be updating our website and Facebook page on a daily basis)
We will be offering a variety of universal, curriculum-based programs including the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), the Psychology Foundation of Canada’s Kids Have Stress Too program, developmental screening including Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Circle of Security, and an emotional literacy program which helps caregivers and children how to increase their ability to independently problem solve, improve friendship skills, enhance positive behaviours and regulate their emotions, using the evidence-based PATHS®, and Social-Thinking Curriculums.
In addition to these programs we will provide ongoing access to information, resources, and referrals to connect families with additional supports. We will offer a variety of resources for families to take home, including a library of resource books that can be signed out. We will also provide opportunities for families to meet with local Service Providers such as nurses, Speech & Language Pathologists, or mental health professionals.
Again, we will be working closely with our regional Hub, the Aspen Commons Family Resource Network, to assist with intake, coordination, and referral support for families who may be needing supports outside of what our Parent & Caregiver Support Services team can offer, such as more targeted and intensive services.
No, Chestermere families can self-refer and are free to participate in any of our programs and services that are available. We are here to support parents and families with children 0-13 who may need support, are experiencing vulnerability, or are just wanting to add new strategies to their arsenal of parenting tools.
We will be accepting referrals from our regional Hub, and other agencies and service providers in the area to ensure families are receiving help and connecting to quality supports in a timely manner.
Assessment notices are mailed in March. If you have not received your notice by the end of March, please contact the City of Chestermere by calling (403) 207-7050. Assessment reports are also be available on the City’s website (www.chestermere.ca/webmap). Please review your notice carefully once you receive it. If you have general questions, call the City at (403) 207-7050. If you have detailed questions about your property, call the Assessor at 1-877-438-2305.
Market value is defined as the price a property might reasonably sell for after adequate time and exposure to an open market when sold by a willing seller to a willing buyer.
In Alberta, the amount of tax a property owner pays is according to the value of the property (your assessment).
The City of Chestermere contracts Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. to provide assessments for our community. This company comes to Chestermere each year (usually in the spring/summer) to complete the City’s assessment.
Properties in Alberta are assessed using a ‘mass appraisal’ method, which is the process of valuing a group of properties as of a given date using common data, mathematical models, and statistical tests. Information is collected by gathering data from on-site visits (as described above), real estate Multiple Listing Services (MLS), Alberta Land Titles, and financial institutions.
If you would like detailed information in how your valuation was determined, you can call the City’s assessor, Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. at 1-877-438-2305 or you can arrange to meet with them when they are in Chestermere (call 403-207-7050 to book an appointment). If you still disagree with the Assessor’s evaluation after contacting them, you can file an official complaint and appeal. Information about the appeal process is available at www.chestermere.ca/assessment.
-You can look up more information about your property at www.chestermere.ca/webmap. -If you have questions about your specific property evaluation, contact Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. at 1-877-438-2305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. -If you would like more information about the assessment process in Chestermere, visit www.chestermere.ca/assessment or call the City at (403) 207-7050. -If you would like to know more about the provincial regulations and guidelines for the assessment process, click the link below:
As per Snow Removal Bylaw 018-11, any ice or snow removed from private property cannot be placed on the roadway or boulevard of a street. Please shovel the snow and ice onto your property.
Keeping extra snow off the roads mitigates three common issues:
1. Limits water pooling and ice build up during the freeze/thaw cycle from Chinooks.
2. Helps the storm water system absorb both melting snow and rainfall more efficiently in the spring.
3. Makes street sweeping in the spring easier. Larger piles of snow and ice take longer to melt. They are a safety hazard for crews and can cause damage to street sweeping equipment.
The street sweeping zone map may be viewed on chestermere.ca/sweeping under the ‘Street Sweeping Map’ tab.
Click here for the full sized PDF map.
The official start date changes every year depending on the weather.
It typically beings in mid to late April after all the snow/ice has melted and temperatures stay above 0 degrees Celsius.
Additionally, schedules also consider time for equipment maintenance and weather delays (rain and/or snow events).
Chestermere has over 110 kilometres of roadways. For comparison – that is roughly the same distance as driving round trip between Chestermere and Canmore. It takes about 9 weeks to sweep all the roads, curbs, gutters, and medians.
Check the City’s website at chestermere.ca/sweeping and follow the City’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for street sweeping updates.
Last updated: June 1, 2020
Sweepers may visit an area prior to their scheduled dates, often to get a head start on large material (gravel) bulk sweeping.
This is done to remove material from high traffic areas, the middle of the street, along curbs/gutters, and around medians.
Doing so limits traffic interruptions, and increases cost and operational efficiency.
You are not required to move your vehicle unless signage is posted and it is your area’s scheduled week for sweeping.
Street sweeping schedules are reviewed and adjusted as needed. If a zone was last for a couple years, it may get moved ahead in future years.
Chestermere Blvd and the commercial areas are usually completed first as these are our highest traffic and most visible areas. The team often works evenings and weekends to limit traffic interruptions in these areas when they are being completed.
Please continue to put your bins out on their regularly scheduled day.
Roads and Environmental Services teams are coordinating to limit sweeping in your area on collection days.
Find out more about curbside collection at chestermere.ca/recycle.
Street sweepers operate Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, excluding holidays.
Signage is posted a minimum of 24 hours in advance of crews starting street sweeping.
There are a few things you can do to help sweepers pick up the most materials possible when they are in your area:
Keep in mind, if you do not move your vehicle, the street sweepers will go around your vehicle. During final inspection at the end of the week – any areas not completed due to unmoved vehicles or other obstacles will not swept.
If the vehicle is not moved by the end of the week, you may be ticketed ($75 fine) - as per Bylaw 011-13.
Please keep vehicles and other objects off the street each day during the hours listed above when scheduled.
Check the schedule and more information at chestermere.ca/sweeping.
Communities that are new construction are the responsibility of the developer to maintain.
The street sweeping zone map has areas under developer control labeled.
Factors such as the weather already affect the street sweeping program.
COVID-19 is an additional factor for all of our daily lives, including at Community Operations and the Roads team. Read a letter from the Roads team here.
Staff are taking extra precautions such as:
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we adjust to new requirements during this time.
There are over 110 kilometres of roads in Chestermere. It often takes at least 2 passes in each direction to clean the road, curbs, medians, and gutters properly. For comparison – that is roughly the same distance as driving round trip between Chestermere and Canmore.
Neighborhoods vary in density and size. Where possible, they are broken up in to zones to reflect about one week of time.
Additionally, schedules are also designed to factor in buffer time for weather delays, equipment maintenance, and daily sweeper unloading.
The Tax Installment Payment Program (TIPPs) is an optional plan is available to pay taxes by automatic monthly debit from your bank account. As a TIPP participant, you are not required to make an annual tax payment. Your taxes can be paid in monthly installments on the 15th of each month and adjusted automatically twice a year to reflect any tax changes for the current year.
The City’s tax schedule follows the calendar year. Since the notices are issued in the middle of the year your first 6 months of payments will differ from the last 6 months of payments. The first six months plus the last six months, will equal your tax levy. The credited amount indicated on your notice indicates payments you have made for the months of January to May of the current year.
The lake weeds multiply when they break up, float around, and then establish new colonies. A new plant can start from a tiny piece of an existing one. The most common form of weed in Chestermere Lake is the Northern Milfoil.
The City owns three lake weed harvesters and a barge which normally operate from July 1 – Aug 31 each year. The harvesters cut and remove lake weeds and other debris to ensure that Chestermere Lake remains safe for recreational and boating activities, and reduces clogging of the WID irrigation system. These mechanical devices are the best means to control the weeds as compared to using chemical or hand harvesting alternatives.
The harvester operators follow a set schedule based on the historical prevalence and location of weeds. Although they typically adhere to a regular “route”, picking up where they left off the day before, this route may vary depending on operator discretion. They also focus on floating weed masses caused by boat propellers or that come in from the Canal, and thirdly, on known dense areas of weeds.
The harvesters can only mechanically reach weeds down to a depth of 2 m. This means that the weeds still grow on the lake bottom. As such, this program controls weed growth during the season but does not reduce or prevent them from growing
The lake weeds are hauled by truck to the City’s Public Works Yard. The weeds are deposited, screened of debris, turned regularly for several months, and mixed with other soil to create good compost material. This compost is now available to residents free of charge, and is also used in City parks.
Every summer, the lakefront owners help out by collecting floating weeds and hand harvesting weeds on and around their shoreline. This task involves putting the weeds into recycling bins, to be picked up weekly by CUI. This collaboration ensures that Chestermere Lake continues to be a key recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.
On average, summers students spend about 2,040 hours in total on the harvesting program. This results in about 150 trailer loads, ultimately being converted into compost material.