Wetlands and Riparian Areas Workshop


On March 4, the BRWA hosted a public engagement meeting in Forestburg to discuss management of riparian areas and wetlands in the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds. About 30 people came to join the conversation on the proposed implementation guidelines for both riparian areas and wetlands.

In addition to roundtable discussions, the group had the opportunity to hear from two wetland specialists.

Dr. Shari Clare, a researcher with the University of Alberta’s Alberta Living Laboratory Project, spoke about their pilot project using reverse auctions to help restore wetlands in southern Alberta. The buyer, the agency that is going to pay for the restoration, solicits offers from landowners for how it would cost to restore wetlands on their property. The offers are compared and selected based on environmental service dimension until the budget is reached. Though these ae only beginning to appear in Canada, Australia have been using this tool for a long time for restore other habitat.

Dr. Masaki Hayashi from the University of Calgary, spoke about the hydrology of prairie wetlands, and implication for management and conservation initiatives. Dr. Hayashi described how many of our pothole wetlands feed into the shallow aquifers that maintain the water table. All our wetlands have differing hydroperiods, or the amount of time that water is in wetlands. Maintaining this diversity in wetlands is important for maintain biodiversity in our watershed.


Our actions on the land, whether in urban areas or on the rural landscape, can impact the amount and quality of water in our wetlands. In order to manage wetlands, we need to understand how our actions may impact them. For more information about wetlands in the BR & SC watersheds, please contact Susanna Bruneau at susanna@battleriverwatershed.ca or call 780-672-0276
All watershed residents, stakeholders and decision-makers are invited to this free upcoming event the Battle River Watershed Alliance is hosting about wetland and riparian area management. Please feel free to extend this invitation to your friends, family and colleagues.
When: Friday, March 4, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (with a free lunch provided)
Where: Forestburg Multi-Use Arena (4101 - 49 St.)

Join us to share your thoughts on how we can work together to manage our wetlands and riparian areas, discuss the BRWA's draft management recommendations, and learn from our guest speakers.

Please register by February 25 to secure your free lunch. 
To register, call 780-672-0276 or email Susanna atsusanna@battleriverwatershed.ca.
Forestburg, AB
Event Date: 
Friday, March 4, 2016

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