West Cove

Aquatic Vegetation Removal

Aquatic Vegetation Removal for Lakefront Owners

Aquatic Vegetation for 2020 has been completed. Each year, all lakefront owners will be mailed information to have aquatic vegetation removal done.  The information letter and application will also be available on-line.

2020 Aquatic Vegetation Removal Letter and Application


Unauthorized Aquatic Vegetation Removal Is Illegal

Removing aquatic vegetation requires prior approval by the Government of Alberta, Department of Environment and Parks. Unauthorized removal could be subject to fines and penalties. Here’s what the law says:

Under the Public Lands Act, it is prohibited to disturb the bed and shore of a water body without prior authorization.

Under the Water Act, an approval is required for an activity which affects a water body such as aquatic vegetation removal.

Aquatic vegetation removal may be permitted for individual use, public use or commercial purposes. Restrictions apply to ensure impact to the aquatic environment including fisheries and wildlife habitat are minimized. Application forms and guidelines can be found at aep.alberta.ca (search ‘Water Act Forms’).

Lake Stewardship and Aquatic Vegetation
Maintaining the health of Alberta’s lakes is everyone’s responsibility. Actions of individual lakeshore residents, decision makers and land users around the lake add up to make a huge difference! Here’s how you can do your part:

As much as possible, leave the lake in its natural condition; let aquatic vegetation grow and enjoy the many benefits they provide

Consider sharing docks, piers and boat lanes within your community to minimize shoreline disturbance, as well as save time and money.

Remember that general beach clean-up involving picking up plant debris that has washed up on shore is ok, but be sure to apply for an approval for any other activities involving aquatic vegetation removal.

Get involved with your local lake stewardship group to help promote beneficial management practices.

If you have any information regarding unauthorized removal of aquatic vegetation, please contact the Alberta Environment Hotline at 1-800-222-6514.

For more information, see the brochure link below:

Respect Our Lakes - Aquatic Vegetation and Lake Health


Related Documents:

2020 Lakefront Weed Harvesting Letter and Application

Summer Village of West Cove Lake Weed Removal Policy

Summer Village of West Cove Aquatic Vegetation Removal Approval - Amendment to Approval - Expiry July 2025

The Law & the Lake

NEWUser Guide for Dock Permits - Government of Alberta 2020