Water Reports

Spring 2024 Water Report

With spring comes another season of water news. Aerators in the lakes have been back up and running as of the end of April. The waterfall is back on and water is in full flow down the creek as of the beginning of May. Recent snow and rain have helped with water levels in the lakes. If predicted drought conditions persist throughout the summer, the Board may have to purchase water to offset evaporation from the lakes. Algae treatments will begin later in the spring and continue throughout the summer. 

Fall 2023 Water Report

The waterfall has been shut down for the season. Our parks managers have been working to blow out the lines and winterize the system. The aerators will stay on until the lakes start to freeze. Tiger trout were added to the lakes in October in the hopes of reducing the carp population in our lakes.

August 2023 Water Report

Spot algaecide treatments continue in August. The lake water is tested weekly. There have been no concerns to date and the water is safe for swimming.

July 2023 Water Report

Fresh water has been added to our lakes twice over the summer. The first addition was in June for Lakes 1, 2 and 3. The second addition was on July 7 when Lake 4 (Lika Lake) called for fresh water, which meant that Lakes 1, 2 and 3 also got additional water. Spot algaecide treatments continue in July and August. The lake water is tested weekly. There have been no concerns to date and the water is safe for swimming.

June 2023 Water Report

The aerators in all three lakes (Alexa, Cody and Cheyanne) are running throughout the summer. Our parks manager will continue to supervise the June algaecide applications in the lakes. Spot applications will continue in July and August. Hopefully this will help us get ahead of this year's predicted algae bloom and keep it under control throughout the summer months. Please click HERE for the product names and application dates.

Fresh trout have been added to all three lakes. There was no fish kill over the winter this year, so it looks like efforts at keeping our lakes healthy are paying off!

May 2023 Water Report

The aerators in all three lakes (Alexa, Cody and Cheyanne) are turned on for the spring, summer and fall seasons. The waterfall also is operating. Starting at the end of April, our parks manager supervised the beginning applications of algaecide in the lakes. These early applications will continue into June, with spot applications in July and August. Hopefully this will help us get ahead of this year's predicted algae bloom and keep it under control throughout the summer months.

While Alexa Lake is the example, all three lake treatments are similar. Please click HERE for the product names and application dates.


Winter 2022-23 Water Report

Please remember that the CRHA does not monitor for ice thickness over the winter months. Please use caution when venturing out on the lakes as freezing and ice thickness can vary with the temperatures.


November 2022 Water Report

The system has been winterized. We will keep the aerators running for as long as possible while monitoring the lakes for freezing. We anticipate shutting the aerators down mid-November.

October 2022 Water Report

Barry Cochran, our Parks Manager, has started winterizing the lake systems. The stream from the waterfall to Lake 3 will be reduced in volume and then fully shut off. Lake 3 (Cheyanne Lake) will be lowered by four inches, which will raise Lake 1 (Alexa Lake) and Lake 2 by two inches. Lowering Lake 3 prevents the culvert at the stream’s outlet from freezing up.

Once this is done the winterization of five manholes, eighteen valves, three air- release valves and the underground water lines from the pump house to the waterfall and from Lake 3 to Lake 2 will begin.

September 2022 Water Report 

Please click here for the September 2022 Church Ranches water report: September 2022 Church Ranches Water Report


Church Ranches Lakes - July 2022 Update

Given the amount of rain we experienced in the spring and early summer, to date there has been no need to purchase water to fill the lakes. The aerators in all three lakes have been operating since the spring. Fresh trout were released into the lakes in the spring. Water is being tested on a regular basis. Enjoy our lakes!


Church Ranches Lakes - November 2021 Update


The temperatures have dropped and ice is forming on the lakes. Winter is on the way! The aerators in all three lakes were shut down before the freezing started and the system was winterized. A second broken valve has been repaired. 

Just a reminder that the Board does not check the lakes for ice thickness during the winter months. Skating and other activities on the lakes is at your own risk.

The Water Committee

Church Ranches Lakes - September/October 2021 Update

With the cooler fall weather, swimming season is winding down, but canoeing and kayaking are still a great way to enjoy our lakes. Lake levels are normal for this time of year.  Repairs have been made to the broken valve near Alexa Lake but another valve now needs repairs. The waterfall has been shut down for the season. The aerators will run into November. Winterizing the system will continue into October and November.

Enjoy our lakes!

The Water Committee

Church Ranches Lakes - August 2021 Update

  The water report as of Mid-August is as follows:

1) The water quality remains good and weekly tests continue to come back at levels that are safe for swimming.

2) It's been a hot, dry season, so the lake levels are lower than normal. The CRHA purchased water in July and planned to purchase more in August. Unfortunately, a broken valve has delayed adding water to the lakes from Rocky View Water Co-Op. Repairs to the valve are in the works. In the meantime, recent rains will help elevate the water levels.  

3) The work to lay cables to accommodate aerators in Cheyanne Lake (Lake 3) and Cody Lake (Lake 2) is complete and the trenches have been backfilled. Enmax will be completing the work to get the aerators up and running in the next few days. Aeration will run until November.

Enjoy our lakes!

The Water Committee

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