The Alberta Lake Management Society (ALMS) was formally established on November 1991 and was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization under the Societies Act of Alberta in December 1991. In 1992, ALMS became the first Canadian Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). In October of 2001, the Government of Canada granted ALMS its “Charitable Organization” status. ALMS and its members are active in providing a link to individuals, local communities, educational institutions, governments and industry across Alberta who are interested in lake and watershed management.
The purpose of the Society is to promote understanding and comprehensive management of lakes and reservoirs and their watersheds.
ALMS will undertake the collection of data and information to increase the knowledge of lake functions and management options, and will disseminate information and experiences of all aspects of lake management in Alberta.
ALMS strives to:
- Educate and increase the public’s understanding of the importance of lakes and their watersheds by:
- offering courses, seminars, conferences and meetings;
- collecting and disseminating information about lakes and lake management;
- providing occasional scholarships and bursaries for educational purposes which foster research or the advancement of knowledge in aquatic sciences.
- Participate in the development of local, provincial and national programs that promote lake and watershed management and/or encourage the protection of lakes and watersheds.
- Provide expertise to and collaborate with other organizations, agencies and individuals concerned with lakes and lake and watershed conservation and improvement.
Framework Policies for ALMS:
1.0 Vision Statement
Albertans enjoying the benefits of healthy lake and aquatic environments, with an understanding of the responsibilities needed to achieve this vision. Albertans appreciate and work within an ecological framework to ensure a sustainable future for healthy lake and aquatic ecosystems.
2.0 Belief Statement
Healthy lake ecosystems are beneficial for all Albertans. Human use and development are currently influencing Alberta’s aquatic ecosystems in ways that may not support healthy lake and aquatic ecosystems. ALMS, in collaboration with government and other organizations, exists to promote the sustainability of healthy lake and aquatic ecosystems within an ecological framework.
3.0 Mission Statement
ALMS strives to build understanding and awareness among Albertans for responsible management of aquatic ecosystems through programs, partnerships, and information sharing.
4.0 Aim Statement
ALMS aims to provide resources and expertise that supports Albertans in developing and ensuring sustainable healthy lake and aquatic ecosystems. We will achieve this within an ecological framework that values the natural capital of our lake and aquatic ecosystems and balances the needs of society by assisting with planning, public education, engagement, partnership, and collaboration.
5.0 Target Statement
ALMS targets all who benefit from healthy lake and aquatic ecosystems. Our programs and resources focus on lake stewardship groups, lake users, schools, local government, and industry.