Sturgeon River Recommendations

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.

It is vitally important that stakeholders within our watershed get involved in the planning and on-the-ground initiatives for the basin.

Key Recommendation

Establish an inter-municipal task force/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.

Update: The Sturgeon River Watershed Alliance was formed March 27, 2014, and includes elected officials from the City of St. Albert, Town of Onoway, Parkland County, Lac Ste. Anne County, City of Spruce Grove, Sturgeon County, Town of Gibbons and the summer villages of Lac Ste. Anne County East. The Steering Committee's Terms of Reference was approved by St. Albert City Council on June 23, 2014.

Other recommendations include:

  • Promote watershed education and outreach programs – Timeline: Ongoing
  • Encourage and support Sturgeon River Watershed research to address data gaps (NAIT, University of Alberta) – Timeline: Ongoing
  • Promote sustainable urban development (higher density developments, improved transit systems, reduced dependence on vehicles, preservation of natural areas) – Timeline: Medium
  • Undertake a drained wetland inventory for future restoration projects involving partners such as Ducks Unlimited Canada, Alberta Environment and Water and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development – Timeline: Medium-Long
  • Identify and prioritize environmentally sensitive areas in the watershed for protection – Timeline: Medium-Long
  • Implement sub-basin recommendations from the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance Integrated Watershed Management Plan – Timeline: Medium-Long

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Last edited: November 29, 2019