Water supplies and watershed management in the Oldman River Basin, Alberta by Stewart Raby

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The Water Management Plan for the South Saskatchewan River Basin was developed after extensive consultation and guides how the water in the Oldman watershed, as well as all the other sub-basins of the SSRB, is managed.

The plan adopted recommendations made by the Oldman Basin Advisory Council to close the basin to new allocations and establish water conservation objectives that would set minimum river. The Oldman watershed is a large, diverse land and water system in southern Alberta, coverkm in southwestern Alberta and km in Montana.

It extends eastward from the forested slopes of the Rocky Mountains, through rangelands in the foothills, dryland and irrigated agricultural plains, to the prairie grasslands.

The Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) is a not-for-profit organization that is working in partnership with communities and residents to improve the Oldman River Watershed.

The Council consists of members who live or work within the Oldman Basin. These members provide leadership and guidance in watershed planning and management, water quality monitoring, and stewardship on:1 Avenue South, Lethbridge T1J 4V6, Alberta.

Management of water resources within the Oldman River basin: report and recommendations Watershed management Publisher Edmonton, Alta.: Environment Council of Alberta alberta. Show More. Full catalog record MARCXML. plus-circle Add Review. comment. When a watershed produces less water for a long time period (Figures 4 and 5), conse-quences for water resources management are serious.

The streamflow in the Oldman River watershed is already utilized to more than 90% of all water. Tributaries such as the Belly, Waterton and St. Mary’s Rivers are unable to support additional water allocations. May 23‐24, Alberta Innovates Water Innovation Program Forum The Future of Water Supply and Watershed Management in Alberta: Best Source‐to‐tap Practices for Source Water Protection in the Eastern Slopes Silins U, Emelko M, Stone M, Adamowicz V, Anderson A, Collins A, Dupont D, Dyck M.

Alberta Environment Current and Future Water Use in Alberta March Page 59 OLDMAN RIVER BASIN The Oldman Basin is ab km2, which represents approximately four percent of Alberta. The mean annual natural flow of the Oldman River at Lethbridge isdam3, and it drains into the South Saskatchewan River at the confluence of the Bow River.

Plan for the South Saskatchewan River Basin recommended that the Oldman watershed be closed to new surface water allocations so that no new licenses will be issued. The South Saskatchewan River Basin Figure 3. Sub Basins of the Saskatchewan River Basin.

Map courtesy Oldman Watershed. This plan is the Approved Water Management Plan for the Battle River Basin (Alberta) and provides direction for the management of surface water and groundwater that has hydrologic connection to surface water within the Battle River Basin.

Primary emphasis is placed on the need to live within the carrying capacity of the watershed, and the. Water management plans. Approved options and strategies for the management of various river basins in Alberta. Services and information. Battle River. This plan protects a key watershed in this east-central Alberta basin.

Cold Lake–Beaver River. the Bow and Oldman River flows and is heavily impacted by regulation and water use in those sub-basins. Its effective drainage area is 6, km, or 50% of the gross drainage area.2 Bow River Sub-basin Oldman River Sub-basin South Saskatchewan River Sub-basin.

Over 70% of the water supply in the Oldman Basin is derived from the annual snowpack (Byrne et al. The Oldman River has a total length of km and a drainage area of 26 km 2, and its.

Long-term trends in alpine and prairie snow pack accumulation and melt are affecting streamflow within the Oldman River Basin in southern Alberta, Canada. Unchecked rural and urban development also has contributed to changes in water quality, including enhanced microbial populations and increased water-borne pathogen occurrence.

In this study we look at changing environment within the Oldman. In the Oldman River Basin, the Oldman River Basin Water Quality Initiative (ORB-WQI) was formed to lead a 5-year study between and to monitor the human impact on water quality in the.

South Saskatchewan River Basin in Alberta Water Supply Study November Page (vi) expansion scenarios considered in this study. Deficits to district irrigators in the Oldman Sub-basin would be beyond the tolerable limits for the highest level of expansion considered in this study.

Alberta’s transboundary water agreements involve British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and the United States. Water management plans Approved options and strategies for the management of various river basins in Alberta. The Oldman River flows km from its headwaters in south-western Alberta, through mountains, foothills and plains into the South Saskatchewan River.

Peak flows occur in May and June. Three major reservoirs, together with more than a dozen other structures, supply water to nine irrigation districts and other water users in the Oldman basin.

Data and advisories are also available through the Alberta Rivers app for iOS and Android. For technical enquires about this web page please contact Alberta Environment - Environmental Management Water Management Operations Branch at [email protected] The goal of the WLP is to coordinate efforts throughout the basin with an aim to conserve and enhance natural resources and rural life.

The aim of the “Who’s Who and What They Do” conference was to highlight the work of a wide-array of conversation efforts in the area that are focused on protecting the integrity of the Livingstone river area, a part of the Old Man Watershed, two hours south of Calgary.

Alberta Environment and Parks - Alberta River Basins interactive GIS for flood alerting, advisories, reporting and water management content. Use this web application to get information on river flow, level, precipitation, and other water related data sets in near real-time.

Water Matters, an Alberta-based water policy think tank, has released a report with recommendations on how to use science-based management to ensure that Alberta’s rivers remain healthy, and economically and culturally beneficial over the long term.

The first of three reports about water management in Alberta, Sharing Our Rivers: How Albertans Can Maintain Healthy Rivers. The item Oldman River Basin, irrigation studies: efficiencies, seepage & salinization, expansion priorities, prepared by Stanley/SLN Consulting for the Oldman River Basin Study Management Committee represents a specific, individual, material embodiment of a distinct intellectual or artistic creation found in Calgary Public Library.

Alberta Government Library*NRCB Exhibit donated by NRCB. Further uncatalogued and noncirculating Exhibit items found in TC A3 W74 Box 1 and TC A3 W74 Box 2. Box 1 contains Exhibit,36, 38,Lesser Slave Basins Water Management Plan – Phase I, Approved Terms of Reference page ii Statement of Approval The terms of reference for Phase One of the Water Management Plan for the Lesser Slave Lake and River Basins has been reviewed by Alberta Environment, the Government Coordinating Committee, stakeholders and the public.

Oldman Watershed Priority Mapping Project Project Overview With our growing population, the quality and availability of water in southern Alberta has never been more important. Yet many of our activities have a negative impact on how water interacts with the landscape. This project identifies those areas that if kept intact should provide the greatest benefit as it.

Water management basins define locations of water withdrawal when applying for a basin Section 8 application. If it is not possible for a company to pre-define all locations of water withdrawal, companies are then able to apply for a basin Section 8 approval.

A basin Section 8 approval allows for withdrawals of up to 45 m3/day, to a maximum of 5, m3/year, specified to a drainage basin or. Abstract: The Alberta provincial government approved the Water Management Plan for the South Saskatchewan River Basin (SSRB) in August As a result of this plan, the Province stopped accepting applications for new allocations of water in the Oldman, Bow, and South Saskatchewan sub-basins in southern Alberta.

The Oldman watershed is a large, diverse land and water system in southern Alberta, cover km in southwestern Alberta and km in Montana. It extends eastward from the forested slopes of the Rocky Mountains, through rangelands in the foothills, dryland and irrigated agricultural plains, to the prairie grasslands.

The Red Deer River watershed has less than a 20% share of water in the South Saskatchewan River basin. Of that portion, water management in Alberta has capped the portion of Red Deer River water that can be licenced at a much smaller percentage than historically licenced for the Bow and Oldman River watersheds.

Saskatchewan River Sub-basin. Ab square kilometers of this sub-basin is in Alberta Minor streams in the sub-basin include Seven Persons Creek, Ross Creek, Bullshead Creek and Gros Ventre Creek, 75 The western side of the South Saskatchewan River Basin runs along the eastern side of the Rockies.

The Oldman River is a river in southern Alberta, flows roughly west to east from the Rocky Mountains, through the communities of Fort Macleod, Lethbridge, and on to Grassy Lake, where it joins Bow River to form the South Saskatchewan River, which eventually drains into the Hudson Bay.

Oldman River has a total length of kilometres ( mi) and a drainage area of 26, square. The Bow, Red Deer, and Oldman rivers are tributaries of the South Saskatchewan River. This family of rivers carries water from the Rocky Mountains across the dry southern prairies of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The Bow River joins the Oldman River near Medicine Hat to form the South Saskatchewan River. Bow River waters fl ow all the way to. - Together, a water supply/demand management strategy that we agree represents a road map for sustainable water use.

In order to prepare these deliverables, it was necessary to assess the availability of water supplies throughout the watershed relative to estimated and calculated water.

Watershed management A watershed is defined as an area of land where all of the water that drains off of it goes to the same place.

In Alberta, watersheds are oriented around our major rivers and lakes. For example, Lake Athabasca is the core of the Athabasca Watershed.

All of the rain, snow runoff, and hail that falls in the Athabasca Watershed will eventually drain into the. The Oldman River Basin, a sub-basin of the much larger South Saskatchewan River Basin, occupies an area of approximat km2, of wh km2 are situated in Alberta.

The watershed supports a wide variety of natural resources, including forests, minerals, wildlife, and agricultural lands. The Oldman watershed is a large land and water system that covers o km in Southwest Alberta and over km in to Montana.

Extending East from the Rocky Mountains, The Oldman Watershed’s distinct streams flow through the foothills, dry and irrigated farmland, in to the prairie’s. The Battle River Watershed is a large area of land covering most of east-central Alberta.

A watershed is an area of land where all water drains into a common body of water, such as a wetland, river or lake. They come in all shapes and sizes and can cross national and international borders.

The Battle River Watershed is a large area of land. opportunities within the watershed. This North Saskatchewan River Watershed Source Water Protection Plan is the result of that planning process. To facilitate planning and encourage local participation, the North Saskatchewan River watershed was divided into four watershed planning areas: the East, Central, West and Battle River planning areas.

Integrated Watershed Management Plan steering committee for the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, is president of the Alberta Lake Management Society, and a board member for RiverWatch. Abstract Water quality in the North Saskatchewan River (NSR) in the last 60 years has undergone some substantial changes.

“The risk of flooding in the river this spring is really quite low because of the current conditions,” said Doug Kaupp, Lethbridge’s manager of water and wastewater. The partially semi‐arid Oldman River basin (OMRB), located in southern Alberta (Canada), has an area of 28 km 2, is forested in its western headwater part, and is used for agriculture in its eastern part.

Hydrometric measurements indicate that flow in the Oldman River has decreased by ∼34% between andand it is predicted that.of watershed management in Canada. In the early days, watershed management in Canada focused primarily on flooding, drought and water quality (from a human health perspective) with the aim of being able to promote economic and social prosperity.

As knowledge about the relationships between water, land, and prosperity.The Alberta government wants to rewrite the rules on water use along the eastern slopes of the Rockies as part of its economic recovery plan, including a push for new coal developments in the area.

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