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ERWP Kids Zone

Activities, information and fun videos about the Elbow River Watershed. Click here for the main page.  You can also find Water Saving Tips


Beneficial Management Practices: Environmental Manual for Crop Producers in Alberta

How can agricultural production impact our watersheds, and what can producers do to reduce the impact of their operations?$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex9317 


Cows and Fish: Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society

A non-profit society striving to foster a better understanding of how improvements in grazing and other management of riparian areas can enhance landscape health and productivity. 


Alberta Energy Regulator: Rules and Regulations

The Alberta Energy Regulator regulates the energy sector in accordance with legislation in the Province of Alberta.


Alberta Agriculture and Forestry: Forests and Water

Forests are a key component of the watersheds, and Forest Practitioners take measures to ensure that forestry practices do not damage watershed functions.$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/formain15737/$file/BraggCreek-ForestsWater-Aug03-2012.pdf?OpenElement


Alberta Agriculture and Forestry: Forest Management

Learn about ways that government foresters and biologists work alongside forest industry representatives to develop long-term plans that ensure forest values are maintained for future generations.


Parks Foundation Calgary 

Parks Foundation Clagary works to create thriving communities and public spaces, so that all Calgarians have access to green spaces. 


Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited Canada is a leader in water and fisheries production with the mission to conserve, protect, and restore Canada's freshwater ecosystems and their coldwater resources for current and future generations.


Alberta Environment and Parks: Motorized Recreation on Public Lands

Off-Highway Vehicle use can have harmful impacts on the land and water, but knowing the law and best practices can minimize these impacts.


All-Terrain Vehicles, Fish Habitat, and You

Individual OHV users can do their part to protect aquatic ecosystems by following these envivonmentally friendly riding practices. 


Audubon International: Environmental Management Practices for Gold Courses

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Gold Courses assists golf courses in their efforts to incorporate environmentally responsible maintenance practices into their day-to-day course operations. 


City of Calgary: Water Resources

Resources and facts about the three separate water systems maintained by the City of Calgary that we interact with every single day.



Changing Climate in the Watershed

The Elbow River watershed is experiencing the effects of our changing climate. 

Climate change is “what is driving the big changes that we’re seeing right now….In the mountains, the headwaters above Calgary, we’ve seen warming in the winter of about 5 degrees for winter minimum temperatures, the daily lows, since the early 1960s. So it’s really high. In fact, it’s magnified at high altitudes in the mountains, just like it is in the polar regions” (Dr. John Pomeroy, Associate Director, Global Water Futures: Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change, quoted in The Globe and Mail, September 10, 2016). 

Our Elbow’s source, Rae Glacier, has been shrinking for decades, water levels are decreasing, and there has been a seasonal shift to earlier flows in the spring and lower flows in the summer. Research is ongoing and predictions regarding future precipitation, evaporation, extreme weather events (including floods and droughts) are many. The following links provide information relevant to the Elbow River watershed.


Riparian and Wetlands Areas

Riparian zones and wetlands are critical components of the ecosystems in a watershed, and provide significant ecosystem services.

Riparian areas (lands adjacent to watercourses, wetlands and lakes, supporting water-loving vegetation) support 80 percent of Alberta’s wildlife. Healthy riparian vegetative cover protects streambanks from erosion by stabilizing the soil with its roots, and provides food, cover and connected travel corridors for many species of birds, mammals and other animals. The following provide information on riparian zones in the Elbow watershed and elsewhere.

Wetlands are areas that have water at, near or above the land surface, or land saturated with water long enough to support aquatic or wetland processes. They are an important component of a comprehensive flood protection strategy, an asset that is particularly relevant in the Elbow River watershed. In addition, wetlands improve water quality by filtration, provide critical habitat for waterfowl, reptiles, amphibians, fish and other species, provide oxygen and water vapour to the air, and support recreational activities such as bird watching. The following provide information on wetlands in the Elbow watershed and elsewhere.



pdf Elbow River Watershed 2012 Riparian Health Inventory Project (5.28 MB)

pdf Moose Mountain Environmental Enhancement Fund Area:2007 Riparian Health Inventory Summary (896 KB)

pdf Riparian Health Summary Report 2016. Un-named stream(tributary to Silvester Creek (1.90 MB)

pdf Riparian Health Summary Report 2016 (1.89 MB)

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