Exploration History on the North Saskatchewan River

A treat for the history buffs, this fact sheet summarizes the adventures of the first European explorers who travelled along the North Saskatchewan River, such as Anthony Henday, Peter Fidler, and David Thompson. A list of references is provided for those who want further information.

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Fresh Water Sturgeon Facts

The freshwater Sturgeon is one of the oldest bony fish in existence, dating back to the upper cretaceous period. Because they are slow to mature they are particularly vulnerable to over fishing, pollution and habitat fragmentation. Find out more about this facinating North Saskatchewan River fish.

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Explore a Wetland Today

The best way to learn about wetlands and to appreciate their special contribution to watershed management is to visit one. Wetlands burst with life. They are one of the most productive and diverse ecosystems in the world.

Find some tips for your wetland visit here:

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Discussion Paper for the Development of a Watershed Management Plan for the Vermilion River Watershed in Alberta

The Discussion Paper was designed to support stakeholder and public discussions on the development of a watershed management plan for the Vermilion River watershed in Alberta. The Discussion Paper also contains a survey for watershed stakeholders to provide feedback for the Vermilion River Watershed Management Plan. This is the first sub-watershed planning process implemented by the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, and it is being guided regionally by the Vermilion River Watershed Management Project Steering Committee.

Hydrodynamic and Water Quality Model of the North Sask River

An improved water quality model was developed using the existing HSPF watershed model in order to evaluate the effects on water quality under a range of hydrologic conditions, point and non-point source contaminant loadings, and land use scenarios.  A specific model was built and calibrated for use on Abraham Lake and the Brazeau Reservoir, and watershed and receiving water models were linked to serve as a basin-wide management tool.

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North Saskatchewan River Basin: Socio-Economic Profiles

Basin wide and sub basin scale demographic information. Data included: population; age characteristics; aboriginal populations; ethnicity; population change; marital status; family and household structure; housing; education; labour force participation; employment by occupation and industry; location of employment; employment earnings, and family and individual income.

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Engaging Rural Municipalities: Forum Final Report

During the fall and winter of 2008 – 2009 the NSWA presented integrated watershed management planning information in rural municipalities. This culminated in a Rural Municipal Forum in February 2009. The Forum represented the formal launch of sector-based stakeholder engagement within the watershed for a discussion around the development of an Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the North Saskatchewan River (NSR) in Alberta.

Canadian Heritage River Systems Background Study: North Saskatchewan River

The purpose of this Background Study was to determine whether the North Saskatchewan River meets the established Canadian Heritage River System selection criteria and integrity criteria to be nominated as a Canadian Heritage River.

IWMP Workbook Results

The NSWA carried out an extensive stakeholder engagement program in 2011 to support development of the Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) for the North Saskatchewan River watershed. The program was designed to encourage people to voice their concerns about managing the North Saskatchewan River watershed, to share their ideas and offer guidance to the NSWA for shaping the final recommendations in the IWMP. This report, completed by C. Chenard and Dr. N.

Mayatan Lake State of the Watershed Report

This report summarizes all available environmental information for Mayatan Lake and its surrounding watershed. It also provides a benchmark against which future stewardship activities and best management practices aimed at maintaining and improving watershed health can be assessed. The information offers landowners, stakeholders, Parkland County and the Mayatan Lake Management Association (MLMA) information needed to support sound management decisions and develop solutions to protect or enhance land and water resources in the watershed.