Improving Water Quality
Coming up with collective solutions to water quality issues in our watersheds
Water quality is a key component of watershed health. One of the main water quality issues in the Battle River watershed is high nutrient levels in our rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands. Click here to see the most up-to-date water quality numbers for our watershed.
While these nutrients come from a variety of sources, the BRWA decided to look first at nutrients coming from "non-point" sources. Non-point source pollution refers to contaminants that may enter our rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands through stormwater runoff from our communities and surface water runoff in the countryside.
Back in 2012, we travelled across the watershed to hear what people are already doing to improve water quality and manage nutrients in their communities and on their land, as well as hear their suggestions for additional actions that we can all take. Going forward, we want to work together to come up with solutions to improve water quality and nutrient management across the entire watershed. We've undertaken research and developed non-point source pollution management recommendations to help us achieve the goal of improved water quality in our watershed.
Check out our non-point source pollution management recommendations below.
RESEARCH: Our background research report, Policies and Practices for Non-point Source Pollution Management, is now available! CLICK HERE to take a look!
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: For additional resources, check out our NPS information database HERE (Excel spreadsheet).
A main goal of our watershed planning efforts is to work together with the people of the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds to develop management recommendations that everyone can get behind and take action on! Workshops are one way that we can connect with people across this diverse landscape.
The first round of water quality workshops took place during the month of September 2012.
Click here for a link to the Sept 2012 water quality workshops presentation.
A follow-up workshop was held on March 1, 2013, to gain feedback on the draft non-point source pollution management recommendations developed.
Presentations from the March 1 workshop are available here.
Read a summary of these engagement efforts in our What We Heard report.