Sylvan Lake continues to rank in first place among the recreational lakes in Central Alberta because of its high water quality.
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The lake water is sampled and analyzed periodically by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, by the Alberta Lake Management Society (ALMS) and by the SLWSS.
The 2010 Lakewatch report by ALMS is posted here : http://www.alms.ca/DwnldDocs/LakeWatchRpts/2010/Sylvan_Lake_Report_10.pdf
The detailed technical study by AXYS Environmental in 2005 “Sylvan Lake Water Quality Assessment and Watershed Management Considerations” is available for download. Note that the file size is 20 MB.
Because the concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorous (N and P) plant nutrients are low in Sylvan Lake, algae growth in the lake is minimal and the lake clarity is high. The details are reported in the Blindman River chapter of the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance master summary of the State of the Watershed.
More technical information on Sylvan Lake water quality is included in this Alberta government report “Water Quality Conditions and Long-Term Trends in Alberta Lakes“. The Sylvan Lake review starts on page 373.