The Government of Alberta recently published the Buffalo Lake Integrated Shoreland Management Plan (BLISMP) with the view of managing current and future pressures on Buffalo Lake and its ecology. One might first wonder, when did the Government of Alberta start publishing Shoreland Management Plans? The answer lies in the fact that the Province owns a right-of-way (ROW) that rings the lake. The water level of the lake is highly managed with water from the Red Deer River, and the ROW reaches to the elevation of 781.2 metres surrounding the lake, reflecting the 1:100 year flood zone. The resulting Crown land ranges in width from several metres to several hundred and “comprises of approximately 1585 hectares” of littoral (wet) zone and riparian area.
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