Environmental Initiatives

Fort Saskatchewan's community vision states:

“As a community we are stewards of the environment and are committed to using our resources wisely.”

The City of Fort Saskatchewan is involved in many initiatives and programs related environmental and resource management.

Goats as Weed Management

You may see goats at West River’s Edge (WRE). They’re being used as a safe environmentally friendly alternative to weed management. They’ll cover up to 96 hectares and will treat effected areas up to three times over the summer and fall.

Please be advised:

  • These are working animals, at no time is the public permitted to interact or pet the goats
  • Signs will be posted informing the public of the work area for the day
  • Two shepherds will be monitoring and herding the goats to effected areas

We urge Fort Saskatchewan residents, and visitors, to please respect the posted work signs and give the goats and shepherds room to work.

Learn more about goats and weed management

For more information, please call 780-992-6576.

Air

Fort Saskatchewan falls within the monitoring area of the Fort Air Partnership whose collection and reporting on substances that affect air quality is rigorously controlled, monitored and guided by objectives set by the Government of Alberta. 

Water

Fort Saskatchewan is a member of the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance. The North Saskatchewan River watershed is one of seven major watersheds in Alberta, is a large and very diverse drainage area.  

  • 60 – 70% of the storm water runoff in the City will travel through a wetland system to remove contaminants from the water before it enters the North Saskatchewan River System.
  • Two large rain barrels at the Public Works Yard collect rain water that is used to help water flower pots and boulevard trees in the summer months.
  • The Kin Family Spray Park is designed to divert water to the storm water system rather than through the sanitary system.

Land

  • Fort Saskatchewan has set a target of 80% diversion of waste from landfill through reduction of waste, curbside compost collection and curbside recycling collection and compost collection in City buildings
  • Proper recycling and disposal of electronics
  • The Transfer Station collects hazardous materials that might otherwise end up in the landfill

Energy and Resources

  • Consolidation of physical servers into a virtual network environment recognized energy savings of $2000 – $3000 per year
  • Fuel efficiency is one criteria for fleet purchases
  • LED lights in City facilities
  • Old asphalt from road projects is milled and reused as the base for new roads, trails, and parking lots
  • Reducing numbers of printed materials and encouraging use of online resources
  • New recruitment software will eliminate paper applications
  • The local transit system means fewer cars on the road

Advocacy

  • The Green Team is an administrative committee dedicated to educating staff and encouraging smart use of resources for City operations and staff events
  • The City uses Enviroshred, a confidential and secure shredding service that recycles the material. 
  • The City participates in Pitch-In Week and Earth Hour
  • Two community gardens promote local food production