Community Conservation Practices

By reducing water consumption and collecting rain water, supporting local species and making use of local recycling and composting drop-offs, Turner Valley residents can contribute to a bright future for the town and ensure the region remains a destination for those looking to get Back to Nature.

Water Conservation

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Invest in a rain barrel with hose attachments to water lawns and gardens, and consider these Water Saving Tips. Rain barrels and rain totes are available for purchase through the Town Office with pick-up at the Foothills Recycling Centre during regular hours.

For great cost-saving tips, check out Environment Canada’s Individual Action – Conserving Water in the Home, Community and at Work page where you can also calculate your average personal water use.

Xeriscaped Gardens are another way to reduce the need for excessive watering and fertilizers. Xeriscaping also works to improve soil quality, reduce pests and create effective habitats.

Permaculture

Permaculture is another great way to take advantage of natural systems around your home and garden. See our Permaculture brochure for more information, or visit Calgary-based Verge Permaculture or Prairie Sage Permaculture for more ideas and courses.

Bumblebees, Butterflies and Bugs

Gardens, flowers, fruits and vegetables all need pollinators to flourish so consider planting in a way that encourages native species to visit your yard while allowing predator insects to control pests. The Calgary Horticultural Society offers more information on naturescaping which is designed to invite native species to your garden.

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Weed Control

Noxious weeds are those determined to be harmful to natural habitats and ecosystems. Most noxious weeds have been introduced into an ecosystem by ignorance, mismanagement, or accident and are non-native. Some are native and grow aggressively choking out other species. Others still have adverse effects on humans and animals when ingested.

Under Alberta’s Weed Control Act, citizens are expected to remove noxious weeds and seeds from property they own or occupy to prevent invasive species from encroaching on private and public lands. Noxious weeds may be controlled by hand pulling, digging, mowing or using an appropriate herbicide.

Recently there have been a number of news shows, articles and documentaries about bee deaths which have been linked to the use of neonicotinoids – a chemical insecticide used throughout the prairies. These are being found to have some detrimental effects on bee populations. The Town of Turner Valley has not sprayed insecticides or neonicotinoids and uses environmentally responsible approaches to weed management.

For more information, please see the Weed Patrol Fact Sheet.

Recycling and Composting

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Turner Valley has a comprehensive recycling centre with composting services and further waste management supported by the Foothills Regional Landfill. Please refer to the Oilfields Recycling Centre Brochure for more information on how to dispose of reusable and biodegradable materials.

Products for your Home-Based Conservation Initiatives 

The following items are available for purchase through the Town Office with pick-up at the Recycling Centre during regular hours:

ItemCost
Rain Barrels $50.00
Recycle Bins $8.00
Kitchen Catchers $8.50
Rain Totes - 1000 Litres $159.00.