Originally an intermittent slough, the Canadian Pacific Railway constructed a storage reservoir to balance water diverted from the Bow River for irrigation called Reservoir No. 1, or Chestermere Reservoir. The reservoir is a popular oasis in the prairies with recreational watercraft, fishing and beaches.
The WID manages the flow of water in and out of the reservoir with outlet control gates. The reservoir is raised to its operational level in the spring.
The WID is committed to delivering raw water for the benefit of all of our users. Water quality is tested regularly at multiple locations within the WID by third parties including Alberta Agriculture and independent environmental professionals. Our team regularly reviews test results and responds as needed, but we all have a part in keeping our water safe and clean.
What You Can Do:
- Avoid lawn and garden chemicals and over fertilizing. Remember storm water drains into the reservoir. Fertilizers and pesticides pollute the water for irrigators and increase the growth of aquatic weeds.
- Clean, drain and dry all water recreation vehicles and gear before entering the reservoir. It is easy to unknowingly bring invasive species into the lake, creating significant challenges to the ecosystem and water quality.
- Do not dump anything into the reservoir. Aquatic pets, household and industrial products, and anything foreign threatens the quality of the water.
- Since the summer of 2021, the boat launch at Chestermere Reservoir has been equipped with a CD3 Boat cleaning system, providing lake-goers with tools to thoroughly clean their watercraft and related equipment preventing invasive species entering or spreading from Chestermere Reservoir. The system was deployed as a partnership between the City of Chestermere and the WID but is operated by the City.
- Invasive species removal equipment to stop the spread of Zebra mussel, starry stonewort, hydrilla, milfoil, curly pondweed, frogbit with waterless cleaning systems. Invasive species decon equipment for boat launch. (cd3systems.com)
Langdon Reservoir (Dalemead Lake)
Located just south of the Hamlet of Langdon, this important storage reservoir was expanded in 2015. Power driven vessels and vessels driven by electrical propulsion are prohibited under government of Canada Regulation (Sor/2008-120).