River Edge Enhancement Program
The River Edge Enhancement Project (REEP) Team formed in the fall of 2005 as a partnership between the City of St. Albert and the Big Lake Environment Support Society (BLESS). REEP is seen as a long-term project to identify and carry out changes in the vegetative makeup along the edge of the Sturgeon River in St. Albert. The main objective of the project is to attract more bird life to the area by introducing native trees and shrubs along the river’s edge.
In 2005, a BLESS volunteer developed a report on the conditions of the Sturgeon River’s edge and specific recommendations for sites on which to focus enhancement efforts.
Berrymore Flats, one of the top 10 priority sites identified in the REEP inventory report, was selected as the pilot site for an enhancement project. In June 2006, through a grant from The Home Depot and Evergreen, the REEP team invited the community for a planting event. The event was a success, attracting approximately 130 adults and children to plant 400 trees and shrubs along the edge of the Sturgeon River.
Since the success of the first planting initiative in 2006, the group has continued with planting events in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. In 2010, REEP partnered with the City of St. Albert’s Clean Up the Sturgeon River cleanup event, which doubled the total participation at the 2007 and 2008 planting events.
In 2011, REEP received funding through the City of St. Albert’s Environmental Initiatives Grant Program to inventory past planting sites, update the 2005 REEP report and review the sites in accordance with the project’s main objective of attracting more bird life. NAIT students have taken on this task through the summer work program sponsored by novaNAIT.
The REEP team will continue to make positive changes to the Sturgeon River’s edge and involve the community to improve what is viewed as the most precious resource in St. Albert.
Past Planting Sites
- 2011 Planting Site - Rivercrest II Map
- 2010 Planting Site - Rivercrest I Map
- 2008 Planting Site - Sturgeon Point Map
- 2007 Planting Site - Gervais Corner Map
- 2006 Planting Site - Berrymore Flats Map
Last edited: October 5, 2016