Cold Lake–Beaver River water management plan

This plan manages the watershed in the Cold Lake-Beaver River Basin.


This river basin is both a healthy aquatic environment for wildlife and fisheries and a water source for agricultural, domestic, irrigation, municipal, industrial, and recreational users. A long period of below normal precipitation combined with increased industrial development and population growth required an update of the previous (1985) plan. The recently updated (2006) water management plan is now the principle guiding document for water management within the planning area of the watershed.

In March, 2007, a local Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) was established for the Beaver River Basin. The Beaver River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) is responsible for gathering and distributing additional information related to the entire watershed area, providing water management advice to regulators, and implementing recommendations outlined in the updated (2006) management plan.

For more information, see the Cold Lake-Beaver River Basin Water Management Plan for the following documents:

  • Cold Lake - Beaver River Basin Water Management Plan - Updated
  • Cold Lake - Beaver River Basin Water Management Plan - Update of the Approved Terms of Reference
  • Cold Lake - Beaver River Basin Water Management Plan - Frequently Asked Questions

Cold Lake-Beaver River

The Cold Lake-Beaver River planning area is part of the Cold Lake River Basin located in Alberta that drains to the outlet of Cold Lake. It also includes the Lower Beaver River Basin that drains to the Alberta / Saskatchewan Boundary. This was the area used in the original 1985 Plan.

The 2006 management plan update retains the same planning area as the original 1985 plan and continues to focus on lakes, downstream rivers, and aquifers that are most likely to be affected by existing water withdrawals and future withdrawal applications. With the completion of the updated plan, the new priority for watershed management planning will be to include the headwaters (upper portion) of the Beaver River Basin. The development of this integrated watershed management plan will be the responsibility of the recently established Watershed Planning and Advisory Council and the Beaver River Watershed Alliance.

Figure 1. Cold Lake-Beaver River Water Management Plan Area map

Cold Lake - Beaver River planning area map


For additional information, connect with:

Joe Prusak, Watershed Planner
Phone: 780-415-8495
Fax: 780-427-1185
Email: [email protected]

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9915 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2G8