Water is identified as one of the major limiting factors within the County. With some funding provided by PFRA the County secured and developed two tankloading facilities for agriculture use only.
They are located at the NW 12-38-15 (Veldt) and NE 32-35-10 (Hamilton Lake). Loading time is reduced with the pumps operating at about 80-90 gpm. The tankloaders are operated by coin box and accept either loonies or toonies. Water rates are $1.00 for 100 gallons. The facilities are for agriculture use only and are available all year round. They are continually monitored for water level and metered for use.
In 2004 soil erosion due to wind was a problem, but todays farming practices such as no-till farming has pretty much eliminated it. However, the ASB is still responsible for the Soil Conservation Act.
Our main program concerning soil erosion is promoting shelterbelts. Shelterbelts have proven to be important in the prevention of soil erosion due to wind. They have also shown to increase the soil moisture content by trapping snow in the winter. Plastic mulch has shown to be an important tool regarding weed control and conserving moisture as well.
Any resident or business can order trees. There are no longer restrictions on who can apply. Those who order trees are responsible for the cost as set by the nursery. The ASB will continue to help in the planning and design of tree shelterbelts and assist in the form of providing a tree planter and staff for landowners who order 200 or more trees.
The County has been involved in groundwater assessments and surveys to improve the level of knowledge of the groundwater resources and characteristics.
Work that has been done includes the Regional Groundwater Assessment, Lineament Assessment, Water Well Surveys, and the Groundwater Investigation of Production Wells.
The Alberta Water Well Information Database site contains approximately 500,000 records. The site contains information about individual water drilling reports, chemical analysis reports up to the end of 1986, springs, flowing shot holes, test holes, and pump tests conducted on the wells.