Northwest Creek flows into Sylvan Lake after starting as a spring in the upland. Previous water quality sampling and analyses have shown that the nutrient content is high at all times of the year.
Northwest Creek area
A watershed inspection team toured the catchment area on October 2 2013 to determine the land uses, the condition of the riparian zones, and if there are opportunities to improve nutrient containment on the land.
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The evidence of high nutrient concentrations (measured as Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus) is clear when up the creek, even with a paddle:
Kayaking in NW Creek weeds and algae, September 2013. Click to enlarge the images.
Photos by Devon