Data and Research
River Flow and Levels
Select from the dropdown box the Elbow River at Bragg Creek, Sarcee bridge, or downstream of Glenmore dam. (Data provided by Alberta Environment and Parks.)
Use this map to search for and view the current and historic hydrmetric monitoring station data. Data provided by Environment Canada.
Surface Water Quality
Includes summary of surface water quality in the Elbow watershed.
Bragg Creek Volunteer Monitoring Program - Since 2005, a group of volunteers has been monitoring several sites along Bragg Creek. The volunteers are back out again this year (2020).
This link Bragg Creek Water Quality Data 2005-2019 will open a downloadable spreadsheet document of data compiled through the volunteer program.
Impacts on Water Quality in the Upper Elbow River - Report done by Sosiak and Dixon (2004). pdf Upper Elbow Study (4.87 MB)
This project was funded through the Watershed Stewardship Grant, a program of the Land Stewardship Centre, and through a grant from Rocky View County.
Joint multiyear project by Rocky View County and the University of Calgary involving 40 residential wells.
UCalgary resercher gives a glimpse into a limited resource: groundwater. Click here for UCalgary article
Alberta Research Council report on the Bow and Elbow Alluvial Aquifer 2009. pdf Alluvial Aquifer Report (61.71 MB)
Riparian Health Inventories
Results presentation by Cows and Fish (Riparian Habitat Management Society) of the riparian health assessments it conducted in 2007 at 16 sites along the Elbow and 17 sites on 10 tributaries.
Official summary report of the assessments conducted in 2007 in the region surrounding Moose Mountain.
Birds and Vascular Plants
Naturalist Gus Yaki has been doing birding surveys on the first day of every month year round from Stanley Park to Glenmore Dam for the past 15 years. His research reveals that "quite a number of once common species have totally disappeared in that time."
Most of the plants are escapees from neighbouring years or have been deliberately planted.
Land Use/Hydrological Modelling
A research paper from 2018 by Ryan Bennett titled "Applying Co-adaptive Management Principles to Conserve the Ecological Health of the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Southern Alberta" can be downloaded here pdf Applying Co-adaptive Management Principles - Ryan Bennett (3.54 MB)