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Pembina River Watershed Shorelines Project

Overview

This project on the data gaps identified in the AWC’s State of the Watershed Reports to increase watershed resilience through riparian habitat assessment, education, restoration and conservation. For the first stage of this project, the AWC is working with Fiera Biological Consulting (Fiera), that has developed a methodology to rapidly map and assess riparian areas and the pressure on the riparian areas. This information will help planning, management, conservation, and restoration within the Pembina River Watershed (See map below). 

Riparian lands have considerable ecological, economic, and social value. There is a need to effectively manage riparian areas. Therefore, understanding riparian habitat across the landscape is essential to improving conservation and management outcomes in the region. For more information about riparian areas please visit the Riparian Web Portal.

 

Goal 

  • To improve flood and drought resiliency in the Pembina River Watershed through riparian area assessment, education, restoration, conservation and long-term stewardship initiatives. 

 

Upper Pembina Watershed Riparian Assessment

In an effort to better understand riparian habitats in the Upper Pembina Watershed, approximately 1,158 km of lake and river riparian habitat was assessed by Fiera. A total of 11 creeks and rivers were assessed in the Upper Pembina Watershed. Nearly all (96%, 1,106 km) of the shoreline assessed was classified as High Intactness. Intactness was used as a measure of riparian condition because of the relationship between an intact riparian zone and function of the aquatic environment is well established. 

  • 96% (1,106 km) of the shoreline assessed was classified as High Intactness
  • 2% (18 km) of the shoreline assessed was classified as Moderate Intactness
  • 1% (15 km) of the shoreline assessed was classified as Low Intactness
  • 2% (20 km) of the shoreline assessed was classified as Very Low Intactness 

2012c_UpperPembina_RiparianAssessment_FINAL (2)

To download a copy, click here

 

Mid-Pembina Watershed Riparian Assessment

Approximately 1,600 km of lake and river riparian habitat was assessed by Fiera. A total of 19 waterbodies were assessed in the Mid-Pembina watershed, including 12 creeks and rivers and 7 lakes. 

  • 53% (847 km) of the shoreline assessed was classified as High Intactness
  • 18% (284 km) of the shoreline assessed was classified as Moderate Intactness
  • 9% (147 km) of the shoreline assessed was classified as Low Intactness
  • 20 % (323 km) of the shoreline assessed was classified as Very Low Intactness

2012_MidPembina_RiparianAssessment_FINAL

To download a copy, click here.

 

Restoration in the Pembina River Watershed

The AWC has funding available to support landowner projects in the Pembina Sub Watershed. An important focus of this program is to work with local landowners to implement on-the-ground projects that protect and improve the health of shorelines and streambanks.

We work in the following areas: 

  • Lac Ste. Anne County
  • Yellowhead County
  • County of Barrhead
  • Woodlands County
  • Parkland County
  • Westlock County
  • Athabasca County
  • M.D. of Lesser Slave River No. 124
  • Brazeau County

Funding can include riparian fencing, installation of livestock watering systems, tree planting, riparian health inventories and more.

If you would like more information, please contact:

science@awc-wpac.ca or call (780) 213-4550

We want to hear about how we can help you. 

 

Additional Resources

  • Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society – Are you a landowner or manager who needs tree-related assistance? AWES has extensive experience in agriculture, tree planting, horticulture, and tree health. Click here to visit their website. 
  • Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Brazeau County – Are you a farmer or rancher with some marginal or ecologically sensitive areas? ALUS can help you establish wetlands, native prairie, pollinator habitat and other projects on your land. Click here to visit their website.
  • ALUS Lac Ste. Anne County – This initiative is a grant program where a coordinator works with farmers to complete environmental projects on private farmland.  Click here to visit their website. 
  • ALUS Parkland – This program works with farmers and ranchers to establish ALUS projects by providing support and annual per-acre payments for the maintenance and management of these projects. Click here to visit their website. 
  • Highway 2 Conservation – H2C aims to provide residents with assistance in managing these special areas for cropping, grazing and recreation purposes. Click here to visit their website. 
  • Lac Le Nonne Enhancement and Protection Association – LEPA is dedicated to engaging their members in projects and activities aimed at improving the lake and watershed. In addition, they strive to educate their members and the public on the importance of responsible management of our natural areas through workshops, tours and newsletters. Click here to visit their website. 
  • West Central Forage Association – WCFA is a non-profit, membership based, producer driven, agricultural research and extension organization that serves forage and livestock producers in the West-central region of Alberta. Click here to visit their website. 

 

This project is financially supported by