Water report: Watershed Council launches ‘Eyes on Slave Lake’

Kate Lovsin
For the Lakeside Leader

The Lesser Slave Watershed Council (LSWC) has launched a new project involving Lesser Slave Lake called ‘Eyes on Slave Lake.’ LSWC has put live-streaming cameras at two locations along Lesser Slave: Joussard and Widewater.

Regular visitors to Lesser Slave know the lake conditions can change very quickly and the two basins (east and west) can have different conditions from one another. With support from the Sunstone Inn Bed and Breakfast in Joussard and a private lakefront property owner in Widewater, LSWC installed cameras with a direct view of the lake.

LSWC started this project to help the people who recreate on Lesser Slave Lake make informed decisions about their lake activities before heading out to the lake. Not everyone knows a lakefront property owner to call and ask if there are white caps on the lake at any given time. This way, lake enthusiasts can check the conditions before they make the trip out to one of the many marinas, boat launches and beaches around the lake, saving time, energy, gas and frustration.

LSWC anticipates this being a helpful tool for all kinds of lake recreation, such as kayaking, angling, boating, swimming and even for research. It is a way to protect the health and safety of watershed residents and tourists alike. Eyes on Slave Lake also has the potential to promote tourism to the area.

People who want to check out the camera live feeds can find them at the LSWC’s YouTube page. Both cameras are set up to stream during daylight hours, every day of the week.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the Eyes on Slave Lake project, please contact Kate at the LSWC office, by email at coordinator@lswc.ca, by phone at (780) 523-9800 or direct message on any LSWC social media.

For now, as we work out the kinks with rural internet, please enjoy the feeds and always follow all safety precautions that apply to your specific lake recreation. Always make sure someone on land knows where you’ll be and when to expect you back on land.

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