Sturgeon River Watershed

The Sturgeon River is a tributary of the North Saskatchewan River. The headwaters of the Sturgeon River begin at Hoople Lake, flow east through Lake Isle, Lac St. Anne, Big Lake, and then empty into the North Saskatchewan River at Fort Saskatchewan.

The Sturgeon River watershed covers 3,301 km² and includes the cities of St. Albert, Spruce Grove, the northwest corner of Edmonton, the communities of Bon Accord, Gibbons, Morinville, Onoway, Stony Plain, Calahoo, Villeneuve, Spring Lake, the First Nations Reserves of Alexis 133 and Alexander 134 and portions of the County of Barrhead No. 11, Lac Ste. Anne, Parkland County, Sturgeon County and Westlock County.

Sturgeon River Watershed Map

Sturgeon River Watershed Map

Sturgeon River Watershed Map PDF

Sturgeon River State of the Watershed Report

The purpose of the State of the Watershed Report is to summarize the current knowledge of the Sturgeon River Watershed and to comment on its environmental integrity. The report has been created for the City of St. Albert for use by all stakeholders in the watershed and provides the necessary information for a shared governance approach to watershed management decisions by regulators, policymakers, landowners and industrial users.

We now have a complete picture of the health of the Sturgeon River Watershed. The report compiles the existing watershed information on public perception and concerns, existing legislation, plans and programs, watershed characteristics, land uses, social and cultural resources, surface water quality and surface water quantity and management.

It provides a benchmark against which future activities and changes in land and water management practices aimed at protecting and maintaining the health of the Sturgeon River can be assessed.

Overall Grade: Fair

Fifteen indicators of ecological health were graded as good, fair, poor or insufficient data and used to assess the overall condition of the watershed, which rated as fair.

Read the Summary Document


It took a hundred years to get to the situation we are in today, and it will take long-term efforts to improve the situation. There is no one group or magic solution that will address the ecological health of the Sturgeon River Watershed. This is a shared responsibility, and small, simple actions by everyone involved will be the difference in getting the job done.

The Sturgeon River State of the Watershed Report recommends that priority is given to minimizing the effects of urban and residential sprawl, the protection and restoration of natural areas, emphasizing wetlands and riparian areas, and reducing non-point sources of pollution.

Key Recommendation: Establish an inter-municipal taskforce/technical committee with help from the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) to harmonize inter-municipal plans, bylaws and policies related to watershed management issues such as stormwater best management practices, riparian and natural areas protection and residential density targets.

View a list of other recommendations and find out what the City of St. Albert is doing in conjunction with the Sturgeon River Watershed recommendations.

How you can help

  • Get your hands dirty at the City's Clean and Green Riverfest event.
  • If you regularly visit a lake in the watershed, consider becoming a LakeKeeper with the Alberta Lake Management Society (ALMS)
  • Contact the Environment department to bring the Yellow Fish Road Program to your neighbourhood.
  • E-mail for more information on the State of the Sturgeon River Watershed report.

Useful Water-Related Links

North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance

Water for Life

Water Council of Alberta

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Last edited: March 6, 2020