News & Updates
Onoway Regional Medical Clinic Welcomes New Physician
Read article here...September 17, 2021
Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom advisory issued for Isle Lake
August 6, 2021
A blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom has been identified in areas of Isle Lake. Residents living near the shores of this lake, as well as visitors to this lake, are advised to take the following precautions:
Avoid all contact with blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms. If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.
Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to swim or wade) in any areas where blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is visible.
Do not feed whole fish or fish trimmings from this lake to your pets.
Consider limiting human consumption of whole fish and fish trimmings from this lake, as it is known that fish may store toxins in their liver. (People can safely consume fish fillets from this lake).
As always, visitors and residents are reminded to never drink or cook with untreated water directly from any recreational body of water, including Lesser Slave Lake, at any time. Boiling of this water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae. An alternate source of drinking water should also be provided for pets and livestock, while this advisory is active.
Blue-green algae is naturally occurring, and often becomes visible when weather conditions are calm. Appearing like scum, grass clippings, fuzz or globs on the surface of water, blue-green algae can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, and/or pinkish-red, and often smell musty or grassy.
People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae or who ingest water containing blue-green algae may experience skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days. Symptoms in children are often more pronounced; however, all humans are at risk of these symptoms.
Weather and wind conditions can cause algae blooms to move from one location in the lake to another. As such, this advisory will remain in effect for Lesser Slave Lake, until further notice.
Please note that areas of Lesser Slave Lake in which the blue-green algae bloom is NOT visible can still be used for recreational purposes, even while this blue-green algae Health Advisory is in place.
If you suspect a problem related to blue-green algae or if you require further information on health concerns and blue-green algae, please call Health Link at 811. Additional information is also available online, at www.ahs.ca/bga.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.
Pre-Application Awareness of Herbicide Application for Flowering Rush at Lake Isle
Alberta Environment & Parks 2021 Lake Resident Letter. Read here...
SANG Gas Co-op Gas Line Replacement in Silver Sands
SANG Co-op has committed to a multi-year capital upgrading program. As part of that plan, they will be replacing the gas infrastructure in the Summer Village of Silver Sands beginning June 2021. Read more here...
Dock & Mooring Structures - Provincial Requirements
There are now mooring disturbance standards in place for placing docks and mooring structures in the lake! Visit the Docks - A User Guide page for more information.
2021 Census of Population
The next census will take place in May 2021. Statistics Canada will be hiring approximately 32,000 people across the country to assist with census collection. Residents are encourage to complete the census as it will have a direct impact on gathering the data needed to plan, develop and evaluate programs and services such as schools, daycare, family services, housing, emergency services, roads, public transportation and skills training for employment.
For more information visit the following website: Census Jobs
Rural Crime Watch
Recently, the quick response of a resident in the Summer Village who reported suspicious activity to the RCMP led to the apprehension of the responsible individuals. A reminder to all residents that we are the eyes and ears of our communities. If you see suspicious activity, report it immediately to the RCMP or visit the website below and download the Alberta Rural Crime Watch app and report any crime or suspicious activity as it happens.
Emergency - Police/Fire/Ambulance: 9-1-1
RCMP - Non-Emergency Line
Evansburg Detachment: 780-727-4446
Accepting FCSS Grant Applications
Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) is:
“FCSS is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities or Metis settlements. Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the FCSS Act and Regulation. The Act describes what the Province and municipality/Metis Settlement can do to provide preventive social services. The Regulation describes how services may be provided … Under FCSS, communities design and deliver social programs that are preventive in nature to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families and communities …”
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The Summer Village of Silver Sands was incorporated on January 1st, 1969 and spans a land area of 2.35 square kilometers. The Summer Village is located on the shores of Lake Isle. The 2016 Population was 160. Silver Sands has a 3-member Council whose term currently runs until 2025.
THERE IS CURRENTLY NO FIRE BAN
(Open Fires are Prohibited - more details)
Summer Village of Silver Sands
Alberta Beach AB
Onoway AB T0E 1V0
Summer Village Information
Regular Council Meetings are generally held at the Fallis Hall located on Highway 16 & Range Road 52 (unless another location is scheduled).
In-person attendance at Council Meetings is allowed, however, attendance will be subject to any Provincial COVID-19 Restrictions and Regulations in place and seating will be limited and subject to a social distancing set up.
The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 24, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at Fallis Hall.
9-1-1 Important Information for Summer Village Residents
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY FOR POLICE / FIRE / AMBULANCE.
WHEN YOU CALL 9-1-1 YOU WILL BE ASKED FOR THE CLOSEST TOWN OR CITY.
YOU MUST ADVISE THE OPERATOR THAT YOU ARE IN THE
SUMMER VILLAGE OF SILVER SANDS.
THE OPERATOR WILL THEN BE ABLE TO DIRECT YOUR CALL PROPERLY AND ACCORDINGLY.
Love Your Lake Website
This website has tips on how to maintain a shoreline buffer, how to prevent erosion, know which docks are the most environmentally friendly or something else that’s impacting your shoreline and lake. More details here...
Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker From Entering Alberta
If you are bringing a boat and equipment into Alberta from another province or state, make sure to: Clean, Drain, Dry
If you are using your boat in a number of different waterbodies, be sure to clean, drain and dry your boat and equipment after you leave each waterbody. This is especially important if you boat outside of the province.
For more information or to report something suspicious on your boat or equipment:
Call Toll Free: 1 855 336-2628 (BOAT) Link to Aquatic Invasive Species Website (click here)