In accordance with the Environmental Protection & Enhancement Act, Big Lakes County has applied to Environment and Parks for a renewal of existing approval No. 893-02-00 for operating the waterworks system within the County. These waterworks systems include:
Hamlet of Faust waterworks system with raw water taken from Lesser Slave Lake and being treated at the Faust water treatment plant by coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, rapid sand filtration and chlorine disinfection processes;
Hamlet of Grouard waterworks system wilh raw water taken from Lesser Slave Lake and being treated at the Grouard water treatment plant by coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, rapid sand filtration and chlorine disinfection processes;
Hamlet of Joussard waterworks system with raw water taken from Lesser Slave Lake and being treated at the Joussard water treatment plant by coagulation, flocculation, filtration (including rapid sand and membrane) and chlorine disinfection processes;
Hamlet of Enilda waterworks system with distribution only system and being supplied with potable water by the Town of High Prairie water treatment plant;
Hamlet of Kinuso waterworks system with distribution only system and being supplied with potable water by the Faust water treatment plant;
Distribution only water CO-Ops waterworks systems being supplied with potable water by Town of High Prairie water treatment plant:
o High Prairie North End Water CO-OP;
o High Prairie East Water CO-OP;
o South Side Water CO-OP;
o Hart River Water CO-OP;
o Riverbend Water CO-OP;
o Big Meadows Water CO-OP;
o West End Water CO-OP;
o High Prairie Northwest Water CO-OP
Distribution only water CO-Ops waterworks systems being supplied with potable water by Faust water treatment plant: Kinuso Water CO-OP
The master Approval No. 893-02-00 will be rescinded when completing the approval renewal process. The above listed waterworks systems will be under individual approval or registration and will be assigned with new approval or registration numbers.
Council for Big Lakes County is considering a proposed amendment to the Big Lakes County
Land Use Bylaw No. 03-2017. The purpose of proposed Bylaw No. 01-2018 is to:
- Amend Section 7.3.2 of the Agriculture District to include Industrial Camp as a Discretionary Use;
- Add Storage Facility to Section 1.7 – Definitions;
- Amend Section 6.19.8 – Fences and Screening;
- Include Storage Facility as a Discretionary Use under Section 7.4.2 of the Commercial Recreation District, Section 7.9.2 of the Hamlet Commercial District, Section 7.10.2 of the Hamlet Industrial District, Section 7.15.2 of the Highway Commercial District, and Section 7.17.2 of the Rural Industrial District.
Copies of the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment may be examined in the office of the
County Administration Building between the hours of 8:15 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30
p.m., Monday to Friday.
Any person, group of persons, or person representing them who claims to be affected by the
proposed bylaw amendment may make an oral or written submission to Council for
consideration. If you would like to make a presentation to Council, contact Big Lakes County at
The Public Hearing will be held on March 28, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the
Big Lakes County Administration Office. Council will consider any oral or written presentations
with respect to the proposed Land Use Bylaw amendment.
For additional information contact County Administration at 780-523-5955.
Big Lakes County is excited to welcome Fire Chief John McDermott to our team! R.A. John McDermott began his career in emergency services in January of 2000 with the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service. Among other things, he’s been educated, trained and certified as a Professional Firefighter, HAZMAT Operator, Fire Service Instructor and Fire Investigator. John has extensive experience in operational firefighting, command, formal instruction and fire origin & cause investigations including evidence collection. In 2013, he became certified by the International Association of Arson Investigators as a Fire Investigation Technician (IAAI-FIT). He is also FI-210 trained as a Wildfire Investigator.
John serves the FIAA, Chapter #38 of the IAAI as the President (2017-2019). In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors of the FIAA since 2010, he also serves the IAAI as a Training & Education Committee member. As a Committee member, he sits on the ITC Sub-Committee (Co-Chair), the Curriculum Development Sub-Committee (Committee Member) and the Non-U.S. Outreach Sub-Committee (Chair), working with Fire Investigators from around the world to bring training and education to the fire & arson investigation community, globally.
John lives in Northwest Alberta where he serves Big Lakes County Fire Services as Fire Chief where he oversees five stations with over 100 fire service personnel.
The Lesser Slave Lake Regional Forest Management Plan is a roadmap for forest use and sustainability in the Slave Lake region. The plan is due for submission in 2020 with approval in 2021. This is a joint forest management plan between Tolko Industries Ltd., Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd., and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. that will govern forest harvesting and renewal from 2021-2031. These Slave Lake area forest products companies will work together to develop a plan and create shared goals, standards, and objectives. The success of the plan and the strength of these objectives depends on public input. The companies welcome and are seeking public input into the plan. Together, we can create a sustainable, multi-purpose forest in the Slave Lake region.
This management plan overlaps the Big Lakes County boundaries (see image below). The purpose is to increase public knowledge of the plan, and increase public input/feedback.
Big Lakes County is partnering with Alberta Tourism Business Development to host a Tourism Entrepreneurship Start-up Seminar (TESS). This one-day free seminar is taking place on February 12, 2018 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Provincial Building Board Room B 5226 53rd Ave High Prairie, AB.
TESS is designed to assist start-up tourism entrepreneurs and businesses (from concept to about two years in business) access information and resources to help increase the likelihood of a successful start-up tourism business. TESS teaches key industry concepts for new tourism companies and also includes a take-home workbook for self-work and an “expert café” of short meetings with tourism specialists in finance, marketing, and labour.