The Quill Lakes flooding situation has now drawn international attention from the Ramsar convention in Iran.
The Ramsar convention is a conference that discusses the safety of wetlands. Thus, those at the convention believe the current inaction with the Quill Lakes situation is having disastrous effects.
Chairman of the Quill Lakes watershed Ian McNichol said the recognition of this shows the problem at hand.
“Bringing this kind of attention to it is important in a way, but on the other hand, it should have been handled locally earlier.”
With this recognition of the situation, McNichol said they hope this will spark some change at the provincial, even federal level.
However, McNichol said things are slightly improving.
“After summer we had a large decrease in lake levels,” McNichol said. “Being a dry season from spring to summer, we’ve had a decline of about 18 inches in lake levels.”
McNichol said the Quill Lakes are one bad winter and possible one bad spring away from breaching, causing saline water to pour into the Last Mountain Lake system.