Provincial resources

  • Water for Life strategy
    The Government of Alberta has released the Water for Life action plan, the roadmap that the government and its partners will follow over the next 10 years.
  • Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils
    Major partners in the Water for Life initiative are WPACs, which are multi-stakeholder, non-profit organizations that assess the conditions of their watershed and develop plans and activities to address watershed issues.
  • Alberta Environmental Law Centre
    The Environmental Law Centre believes that to make the law and legal processes work to protect the environment requires accurate environmental law information and an understanding of the implications of policy and development.

International resources

  • Instream Flow Council
    The Instream Flow Council (IFC) represents the interests of Canadian and American fish and wildlife management agencies to improve the effectiveness of their environmental or instream flow programs.

    The council is an international organization made up of provincial and state fish and wildlife agencies. Its mission is to help provincial and state fish and wildlife management agencies establish, maintain and administer effective programs to protect instream flows for aquatic resources.

    The Fish and Wildlife Division has been a member of the council since its inception and continues to actively participate in the council. This allows the division to continuously improve the scientific techniques employed and to share the discoveries from other jurisdictions.
  • National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center
    The National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service is a United States national technical center working to:
    • develop operational tools and technology
    • focus on environmental flows and water resource management
    • identify research needs to coordinate the development of technology to secure favorable water flow conditions
    • improve knowledge of stream systems and watershed hydrology
    • provide training and technical support
  • The Nature Conservancy
    Through their Sustainable Waters Program, The Nature Conservancy provides global leadership in environmental flow science and management.
  • State fish and wildlife agency instream/environmental flow needs programs:
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS) – Fish and aquatic species conservation
    Scientists in the USGS Fort Collins Science Center's Aquatic Systems Branch conduct research and modelling, develop decision-support systems, and provide technical assistance on natural resource management problems dealing with environmental flows and water quality, threatened and endangered aquatic species, and habitat associated with freshwater aquatic communities.

    Branch scientists investigate how the various aspects of aquatic and riverine ecosystems are affected by changes in flow, sediment, invasive species and climate.

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