How can agricultural production impact our watersheds, and what can producers do to reduce the impact of their operations? http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex9317
A non-profit society striving to foster a better understanding of how improvements in grazing and other management of riparian areas can enhance landscape health and productivity. www.cowsandfish.org
The Alberta Energy Regulator regulates the energy sector in accordance with legislation in the Province of Alberta. http://www.aer.ca/rules-and-regulations/by-topic
Forests are a key component of the watersheds, and Forest Practitioners take measures to ensure that forestry practices do not damage watershed functions. http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/formain15737/$file/BraggCreek-ForestsWater-Aug03-2012.pdf?OpenElement
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. http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/app21/forestrypage?cat1=Forest%20Management
Parks Foundation Clagary works to create thriving communities and public spaces, so that all Calgarians have access to green spaces. http://www.parksfdn.com/
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. https://tucanada.org/
Off-Highway Vehicle use can have harmful impacts on the land and water, but knowing the law and best practices can minimize these impacts. http://aep.alberta.ca/recreation-public-use/recreation-on-public-land/motorized.aspx
Individual OHV users can do their part to protect aquatic ecosystems by following these envivonmentally friendly riding practices. http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/333554.pdf
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. https://www.auduboninternational.org/resources/Documents/Fact%20Sheets/Golf%20and%20Environment/G_E%20-%20Environmental%20Management%20Guidelines%20for%20Golf.pdf
Resources and facts about the three separate water systems maintained by the City of Calgary that we interact with every single day. http://www.calgary.ca/UEP/Water/Pages/Youth-education/Teacher-Resources.aspx
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 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.
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