Watershed Resiliency

What makes a resilient watershed? 

Watersheds are complex systems involving social, economic, and ecological dimensions that are constantly interacting and influencing each other. Often the interactions among the different dimensions in a watershed are unpredictable and uncertainty is inevitable. Understanding how to improve the ability of the system – including its ecological, economic, political, and social aspects – to adapt to any disturbance is increasingly acknowledged as important, especially when considering the great deal of uncertainty introduced by a changing climate and incidents of flood and drought events. 

LSWC's Watershed Resiliency Program

The LSWC engages with local land owners to support them in implementation on the ground projects that will conserve, protect or create riparian areas and wetlands. We provide support right from planning and developing a budget, assisting with funding applications, providing resources and financial support, and utilizing the collective knowledge of our network of partners to ensure success. 

Learn More about opportunities to work with the LSWC:

for Agricultural Landowners  

for Lakeshore Property Owners 

for Acreage Owners

Links to More: 

Riparian Health Assessments

Partners and Supporters 

2016-19 Watershed Resiliency Journal 

 

Why Riparian Areas? 

Riparian areas are the lands adjacent to streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands, where the vegetation and soils are strongly influenced by the presence of water. Although they make up only a small fraction of the land, they are among the most productive and valuable of all landscape types and have been the focus of conflicts between resource users. Riparian areas are formed as the result of water, soil and vegetation interacting with one another. 

Ecosystem services are the benefits humans derive from the physical, chemical, and biological functions of healthy ecosystems such as riparian areas and wetlands.  Ecosystem services contribute to “making human life both possible and worth living”, that is why we value them. For example, carbon sequestration, the process of removing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide, is an important ecosystem service provided by healthy vegetation that ensures better quality air for humans. A healthy riparian buffer has the potential to sequester a large amount of carbon dioxide through photosynthesis.

The Alberta WPAC Riparian Web Portal  

The Riparian Web Portal was designed to support Albertans build healthier riparian areas by providing:

  • access to condition assessments

  • summary statistics for waterbodies

  • resources for conservation and restoration

Check it out HERE