Overview

The North Saskatchewan River watershed in the province of Alberta, Canada stretches across Central Alberta from the Rocky Mountains in the west, to the border with the province of Saskatchewan in the east. Hydrologicaly, it is divided into twelve (12) tributary sub-watersheds with a total drainage area of about 57,000 square kilometres.

It is home to approximately 1.2 million people, most of whom live in the Alberta Capital Region (City of Edmonton and area). The watershed is made up of a complex diversity of natural land forms and ecological regions, which supports a wide range of human land uses. 

The North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) is the official Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) for the North Saskatchewan River watershed in Alberta. As one of the partnerships under the Government of Alberta's Water for Life strategy, the NSWA had a mandate to prepare an Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP). This was completed in 2012. The IWMP is designed to meet the three goals of the Water for Life strategy: safe, secure drinking water; healthy aquatic ecosystems; and reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy.

Now that the plan is complete. the next step is to work with governments, watershed stewardship groups, industry, organizations and communities to find innovative ways to implement it.