Funding for this program came from the Environment Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund, Alberta Conservation Association, Battle River Community Foundation and The Penn West Foundation.
Riparian areas such as this one are key to having good water quality and a healthy fish population
Funding for these projects came from the Ferry Point Riparian Restoration Program with the program partners and from Alberta Agriculture’s Growing Forward 2 Agricultural Watershed Enhancement and On-Farm Water Management Programs. Landowners also contributed time and money towards each of their projects.
Riparian Restoration Fact Sheets
Ferry Point Reach Riparian Restoration Strategy Fact Sheets (5 Fact Sheet Package)
Riparian On the Road Presentation
Invite us to your event for more ‘face-to-face’ information on our Riparian Restoration Program!
We have prepared a 45 minute presentation on the program, including what restoration strategies were used (and the advantages and costs of each) and the outreach work done in the community. The presentation will be adapted to each audience and time frame. Contact Nathalie at the BRWA office at 780-672-0276 for more information.
The BRWA made contact with community members who own land within the Ferry Point Reach. Everyone in the community was invited to attend the Program Launch meeting held December 5th 2012 at the Kelsey Community Hall. We welcomed Dixon Hammond, Rancher and Coordinator of the Beaver Creek Watershed Group who shared the group's experiences and successes in land management and creek improvements.
Landowners interested in participating in a restoration project were invited to meet with the Battle River Watershed Alliance and project partners Cows and Fish to discuss possible program involvement in February 2013. Through a series of private and confidential discussions, landowners were able to determine if and what riparian restoration efforts are appropriate for their land.
The BRWA also completed extensive research on Riparian Health improvement projects and restoration techniques. The “Understanding the Policy context for Riparian Areas of the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds” report will be available here in December of 2014.
Landowners interested in being involved in the program were asked to submit an application form to the BRWA. The Application Guidelines
As part of the project, the BRWA created a Photo Journal, Fact Sheets and aRiparian on the Road presentation to highlight the work completed. We also hosted educational visits with students, a canoe trip and program open house to share the results of the project.
In 2004, The Alberta Conservation Association led a fish survey of the entire Battle River with the help of Mike Sullivan from Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. This “Fish-based Index of Biological Integrity for Assessing River Conditions in Central Alberta” looked at fish habitat, the abundance of fish and the individual health of fish in order to measure the overall health of the aquatic ecosystem. Of the 19 species known to occur in the Battle River, 14 species were caught on the 80 sections of the river sampled. Of all the fish caught, 49% of them were white suckers representing a very low diversity of species and lack of predatory fish which are a sign of a healthy river. The Ferry Point Reach of the Battle is one of the stretches that had "very poor results; few fish and fish species found". Poor water quality has also been measured in the area. The entire study results can be found in the final report which in on
Overall, the Battle River had a score of 42%, meaning the river has levels of poor fishing/species of concern and levels of no fishing/species at risk.
The Ferry Point Reach of the Battle is one of the stretches that had "very poor results; few fish and fish species found". Poor water quality has also been measured in the area. The entire study results can be found in the final report which is on our publications page.
Also in 2004, Cows and Fish completed a Riparian Health Assessment for portions of Driedmeat Lake and the Battle River within Camrose County. This project looked at 22 sites including approximately 18 km of river/shore located downstream of Tillicum Beach on Driedmeat Lake and the Battle River. Of these 22 sites, 4 rated healthy, 12 healthy with problems and 6 were unhealthy according to the Cows and Fish methodologies. Results indicated there was excellent overall vegetation cover, good regeneration of trees and shrubs, and good cover of trees and shrubs along the shore/bank to prevent against erosion. On the negative side, results indicated there were some concerns with invasive weeds and other disturbance species, over utilization or browsing of trees and shrubs and some issues with streambank/shoreline trampling and/or erosion.
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