RESEARCH AND MONITORING PROJECT DIRECTORY

RESEARCH AND MONITORING PROJECT DIRECTORY

From the Headwaters Region in the west to the Irrigation Districts in the east, researchers across the Oldman Watershed are working on exciting projects to better understand our watershed. A diverse number of sectors participated in establishing a project directory including academics, provincial and federal government agencies, municipalities, non-government organizations, industry, consultants, First Nations, and recreational groups.

GRASS TO XERISCAPE

GRASS TO XERISCAPE

Cost Benefit Analysis and Qualitative Study

Xeriscape is a method of landscaping, originally developed for drought affected areas, where water conservation and unique aesthetics are a major influence to promote its installation. The objectives of this study are to develop a cost benefit analysis of converting from traditional lawn, to a Xeriscape landscape for City of Lethbridge residents in Lethbridge Alberta.

 

LANDSCAPE PATTERNS ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ANALYSIS

LANDSCAPE PATTERNS ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ANALYSIS

What key parts of the environment do we need to keep in order to have functional ecosystems? How do we measure the impact of human activities on the health of the environment? What tipping points exist that we need to avoid? What clear themes are well established in research? A comprehensive review of research was just completed that attempts to answer these questions and more.

GROUNDWATER STUDIES

GROUNDWATER STUDIES

In order to manage groundwater carefully, we must first understand it. How much is there? Where is it and where does it flow from and to? Is it good quality water? Groundwater in the Oldman watershed is complex and is not well understood yet because there has been limited monitoring and research. Two major groundwater studies the Willow Creek Watershed and the Crowsnest River Watershed illustrate the critical  need for increased groundwater monitoring for managing this important resource.