Since 2007 we have completed many projects across the watershed including our State of the Watershed Report (2008), Watershed Technical Update (2015)

Ongoing projects include: 

Past Projects

West Prairie River (2021) 

West Prairie River Riparian Intactness and Risk Assessment Report (2021) - HERE

Summary document - HERE

The West West Prairie River is the source water for the Town of High Prairie and Big Lakes County and supports diver industry including forest harvest activities, oil and gas development, and agriculture. in 2020, with support from the Environmental Damages Fund, the Watershed Restoration & Resiliency Program, and Municipal partners, the LSWC hired Fiera Biological Consulting to complete a riparian intactness and risk assessment for 600km of riparian area. 

Integrated Watershed Modeling (2018)

Alberta WaterSMART used their integrated hydrologic watershed model to run various future scenarios to gain an understanding how our surface water flows and storage will change over time under the influence to climate change driven changes in our precipitation regime. 

Riparian Health Assessments

Aerial assessments are a cost effective way to gather information about the hundreds of km of riparian areas in our watershed. Check out assessments for: Lesser Slave Lake, the South Heart River, the Swan River, and the West Prairie River. 

MIKE SHE hydraulic and hydrologic Watershed Model (2008) 

A watershed model is a tool that can be used to predict responses (flows, precipitation, water storage) based on changes in certain parameters (increase in overall temperature, loss of wetlands, loss of forest cover). The LSWC worked with WorleyParsonsKomex to develop the MIKE SHE and MIKE 11 for the watershed. 

Bathymetry Surveys 

Bathymetry is the measurement of depth of water bodies. Measuring channel depth periodically shows changes over time. The LSWC has bathymetric information available for: Buffalo Bay, the Swan River, and the South Shore of Lesser Slave Lake

River 2D Surveys & Habitat Modelling - Lesser Slave River 

Channel surveys and 2D Modeling allow us to better understand fish habitat in rivers under various flow conditions.  

Lesser Slave Lake Paleolimnology

Sediment cores are one of the primary tools for studying paleolimnology because of the role lake and river sediments play in preserving biological information. Core samples from Lesser Slave lake have been collected and examined.