The last few years have had some of the highest discharges on record in parts of the Wapiti Watershed. Flows like this can cause serious erosion issues and point out management practices that could be improved.
Interestingly enough, the very things (components and processes) that make these systems resilient to flood also function in to increase drought resilience. This project is about supporting resilient watersheds, so that the watersheds can support us.
Work to stabilize banks, retain water in the hyporheic zone, reduce sediment loading in the water and protect agricultural lands has begun.
We would like to thank the Government of Alberta for providing funding for this project through the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (http://aep.alberta.ca/water/programs-and-services/watershed-resiliency-and-restoration-program/default.aspx).