About this map
This map was created using an ArcGIS Online Story Map template, in order to display lakes monitored around the province by ALMS’ LakeWatch program. LakeWatch is a volunteer-based water quality monitoring program offered to Albertans who are interested in collecting information about their local lake or reservoir. Since 1996, water quality has been monitored at over 100 lakes across the province, and 94 of those lakes are displayed here with links to reports and information regarding history, region, size, and the most recent trophic status.
Navigating the map
Lakes are arranged alphabetically, and you can either click through them one-by-one using the arrows on either side of the image, or scroll through the carousel at the bottom. Information on each lake can be made larger by hovering your cursor over the top right corner of the image and clicking the maximize button. You can zoom in and out using the tools on the left, and there is also a location button if you would like to know where you are in relation to the lakes. Links to all of the published LakeWatch reports are found in the image description, which can be minimized. Clicking the report link will open a new window containing a PDF of the report, and if the report opens up in the map window, just click the backspace key on your keyboard to return to the map.
References & Additional Information
Information regarding the names and history of these lakes was primarily taken from the Concise Place Names of Alberta*, the Atlas of Alberta Lakes, through personal communication with local residents, as well as information found on the websites of First Nations or Métis settlements. The Cree Online Dictionary was used in order to help translate historical descriptions and attempt to write the most accurate Cree names in roman orthography.
*Edited by Merrily K. Aubrey (Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Press, 2006)
For some lakes, public access was difficult to determine, as there may be small, locally known boat launches that aren’t heavily publicized. We defined formal points of access as parks or provincial or municipal recreational areas with definite facilities and a boat launch, and when in doubt, left the option as unknown.
Trophic statuses for lakes were assigned based on average chlorophyll-a in the most recent LakeWatch report. Depending on the length of time since the last sampling, these levels could have changed greatly. A table describing the values and divisions for trophic status is found in the appendix of each of the LakeWatch reports.