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Water Management in Alberta's Boreal

MD of Greenview Working Well and &Septic Sense

Evergreen Wetland Centre Open House

Invasive Species Forum

Cumulative Effects Modelling Workshop using Alberta Tomorrow

Dive deep into native trout habitat with this 4-part workshop and learn how to reel in your impact on the landscape.

About this event

February 22 @ 7pm-9pm MST: Life and Times of a Native Trout

The first native trout workshop session will focus on the impacts that influence the health and function of the landscape and aquatic areas that are crucial to native trout.

March 1 @ 7pm-9pm MST: From Analysis to Action

In the second native trout workshop session we are showcasing a fish-eye view of how a wide array of collected data is analyzed and used to inform action – Applying targeted interventions to maximize impact.

March 8 @ 7pm-9pm MST: Steering Trout Towards Recovery

In the third native trout workshop session we will be highlighting how community groups are taking charge and tipping the scales toward the success of native trout in Alberta.

March 15 @ 9am-4pm MST: Technical Session

The fourth native trout workshop session is an all-day exploration of the technical side of native trout recovery. Join us for an in-depth workshop on the science behind native trout rehabilitation from stream to lab.

Morning (9am-12pm MST)

Topics include:

Ecohydraulics, Data Mapping, Habitat Restoration Feasibility, Defining Critical Habitat, and Reassessing Electrofishing Sampling Lengths

Evening (1pm-4pm MST)

Topics include:

Brook Trout Suppression project update, Brook Trout and Yellowstone Cutthroat rotenone, Beneficial Management Practices (BMP), Native trout response to habitat restoration, Return of Bull Trout and missing Arctic Grayling, and In-Stream Incubation


This event was made possible by: Cows and Fish, Trout Unlimited Canada, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), Parks Canada, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association (CPAWS), Alberta Conservation Association (ACA), The Blackfoot Confederacy Tribal Council, Elbow River Watershed Partnership (ERWP), Mighty Peace Watershed, Ghost Watershed Alliance.

Surface Water Workshop

Surface Water Workshop Agenda 17.2.22.pd
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Toso Bozic's presentation
Mighty Peace River Watershed - TB.pdf
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John Pattison-Williams's presentation
JPW MPWA 2022.pdf
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Adam Norris's presentation can be viewed here 

Dive into Riparian Data Event

PCBFA Podcast

Listen to Johanna Murray with Peace Country Beef and Forage Association interview Rhonda Clarke-Gauthier and Adam Norris about the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance and the Improved Livestock Crossing project.

Peace River Flood Mitigation Study 2015 by AECOM



The purpose of this study was to conduct a flood mitigation feasibility study for the areas within the Peace River Basin in Alberta that have historically been flooded and are likely to be impacted by future flooding. A water management plan was included and consists of recommending flood mitigation alternatives for flood affected areas, and evaluating the alternatives in terms of cost and benefit to the community.

The report can be downloaded below (4 parts) or you can follow the link to the Alberta Government page.


Peace River Flood Mitigation Study 2015 Appendices
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Peace River Flood Mitigation Study 2015 Part 1
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Peace River Flood Mitigation Study 2015 Part 2
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Peace River Flood Mitigation Study 2015 Part 3
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Forest Fires, the Watershed & Source Water

Forum agenda
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Presentation given by Mike Williamson at our Forum.
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Alberta Wetland Classification

Alberta Wetlands from Classification to Policy Syllabus
Alberta Wetlands From Classification to
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Alberta Wetlands from Classification to to Policy Course Description and Dates
Alberta Wetlands From Classification to
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Bridges and Troubled Waters

Check out the latest Cows and Fish newsletter for an article on some of the great collaboration that we are doing.
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Remediation and Restoration in the Watershed Presentations

Thanks everyone for making this event such a success. It was great to learn more about the tools and techniques out there and to have discussions around how to best do remediation and restoration in the watershed.


To view the presentations click here

Presentation by Sheri Foley
Water Crossings from a Pipeline Surveill
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Presentation by Chris Chiasson
Lidar mapping.pdf
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Presentation by Les Fuller Ph.D., P.Ag.
Agrology Practice Standards.pdf
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Presentation by Dr. Amanda Schoonmaker
Reclamation challenges in NW_MPWA.pdf
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Presentation by Kristen Andersen
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Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute Forum 2019

Below are the presentations form the ABMI Forum 2019. 

Review of ABMI and it's approach going forward.
1,2, 3 -Looking Backwards_Looking Forwar
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Integrated monitoring of birds and mammals and the use of big data to improve our understanding.
1. Erin Bayne - Integrated Monitoring of
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A review of how ABMI and Al-Pac have worked together.
2. Elston Dzus AlPac and ABMI.pdf
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A look at how fire affects caribou habitat.
3. Sean Konkolics_ABMI_Fire and Caribou.
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Presentation on fires across the landscape and their buffers.
4. Don Page_ Buffers_Fires_Surveys.pdf
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A review of the remote sensing approaches used.
4.Land Surface Monitoring_Jahan Kariyeva
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A look at the tools ABMI provides for users to access and understand their data.
5. Custom Reporting_Tara Narwani_Jan 30
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A look at where habitat/wildlife refugia will be in the future due to climate change and fire.
5. Diana Stralberg.pdf
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A review of the taxonomy that ABMI does.
6. Taxonomic Challenges and Opportunitie
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A workshop on the Advances Landcover Prediction and Habitat Assessment tool.
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Workshop on caribou monitoring.
Caribou Monitoring Unit_InformationForum
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Workshop on the citizen science app NatureLynx.
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Workshop on the joint monitoring initiative "WildTrax".
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Update for Alberta’s Wetland Policy Means Huge Opportunity for Farmers


Jay White, M.Sc., P.Biol., WSP, QAES

Principal, Aquality
3 articles




A recent update to Alberta’s Wetland Policy (Dec. 2018) means that grants are now available from the Government of Alberta to finance private wetland restoration in addition to existing Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) payments. This means even more opportunities for farmers to get paid for wetland restoration!

Alberta has already lost 70% of wetlands in settled areas.1 Landowners and proponents responsible for the loss of a wetland must pay a wetland replacement fee or undertake a wetland replacement project.2 The December update to the Wetland Policy shifts replacement fee payments from Ducks Unlimited Canada back to the Alberta Government. 2,3 This shift in policy provides more flexibility and access to wetland restoration funds for farmers and other landowners who have had difficulty restoring wetlands due to the expense.2 Over the past several decades, drastic wetland losses have occurred because the value of these ecosystems wasn’t understood, and it was difficult to restore wetlands on private lands. Now there are funds available to accomplish this.

Shifts to the Wetland Policy allow for wetland delivery agents (formerly known as wetland restoration agencies) to apply to the Government of Alberta and receive contractual agreements for wetland restoration projects.3 This can be extremely advantageous as delivery agencies can expand the geographic region in which Alberta can complete wetland restoration, something that has been a hinderance in the past.3 Emerging delivery agencies could support certain groups for restoration projects, similar to how producers are supported specifically by ALUS programs for wetland restoration.3 This could create specialized delivery agencies that deliver wetland restoration plans to meet the client’s goals and ensure the long-term success of the project. This policy shift will allow a huge opportunity for landowners, municipalities, consultants, and others to become delivery agents, fulfill the goals of the Wetland Policy, and restore highly valued ecosystems that were destroyed.2

 ALUS is a non-profit program that Aquality partners with for wetland restoration. ALUS works with farmers and ranchers at a community level to protect and restore wetlands, among other projects.4 ALUS pays producers annually for following wetland restoration and environmental management plans that ALUS specifically designs for their landscape.4 ALUS has already partnered with several communities in Alberta, such as Northern Sunrise County.5 ALUS, Northern Sunrise and Aquality have advised and implemented several successful projects, such as wetland and riparian enhancement.6

 For more information about how to become a wetland delivery agent or discuss your project needs contact Aquality Environmental Consulting Ltd. today. 


ALUS Canada

 Alberta Wetland Policy

 Alberta Wetland Policy Implementation

 1.      Government of Alberta. Alberta Environment and Parks. Jul 6, 2018. Wetlands: What are Wetlands? Accessed January 10, 2019

 2.      Government of Alberta. 2018. Alberta Wetland Replacement Fact Sheet. Accessed January 15, 2019.

 3.      Alberta NAWMP Partnership. 2013. Wetland Restoration in Alberta: Current Status and Future Potential. Accessed January 16, 2019.

 4.      ALUS Canada. 2014. ALUS Cookbook 2014-11-24.

 5.      ALUS Canada. 2019. ALUS Northern Sunrise. Accessed January 15, 2019.

 6.      Northern Sunrise County. 2017. 2017 Agricultural Stewardship Tour: Heart River Watershed Project & ALUS Northern Sunrise. Accessed January 16, 2019.



Wood Buffalo National Park Strategic Envrionmental Assessment

This is the Action Plan being developed by Parks Canada to address the issues identified in Wood Buffalo National Park.
Action Plan Draft WBNP WHS Nov. 16 2018.
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