Riparian Restoration Program
Our resources for watershed sustainability are designed to facilitate capacity building, professional development, policy and planning, and mobilization of best available technologies. Sustainability Resources has designed Riparian Restoration Field Workshops to build community capacity for watershed management.
Riparian Restoration & Habitat Conservation
The primary objective of this program is to conduct well-informed restoration activities and build the capacity of decision makers to implement best available practices for improving watershed quality. Sustainability Resources is known for providing quality learning experiences to support community sustainability and resource management.
We are pleased to lead the coordination of the Riparian Restoration Program with partners in government, ENGOs, industry, and especially the community.
Riparian Restoration Workshop Series August 23rd - 27th 10:00am - 4:00pm Daily
Attend one or more of these upcoming workshops to learn how to identify riparian plants, reconstruct stream banks, mitigate climate impacts, and participate in restoring your watersheds.
August 23rd, 10am - 4pm Riparian Restoration & Land Use Planning with Alberta Tomorrow
August 24th, 10am - 4pm Riparian Restoration & Flood Recovery with AMEC Foster Wheeler and Cows & Fish
August 25th, 10am - 4pm Riparian Restoration & Carbon Accounting in Forested Landscapes with Natural Resources Canada
August 26th 10am – 4pm Riparian Restoration & Riparian Forests, a Blackfoot Traditional Perspective with Harley Bastein
August 27th 10am – 4pm Riparian Restoration & A Review of Carbon Credit Policy with the Government of Alberta
These essential land management workshops lead by Sustainability Resources with Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society) discuss forests as an engineering tool, forests for water quality, and forests as a climate strategy. Guest speakers from Natural Resources Canada, the Government of Alberta, Alberta Tomorrow and others will provide participants with a greater understanding of carbon offsets, the carbon cycle, and the role of healthy watersheds in mitigating climate impacts.
Sustainability Resources coordinates the workshops with support from federal and provincial environmental grants. These workshops are designed for local government, land owners, citizens and professionals to learn how plants clean our drinking water, reinforce shorelines, mitigate flood and drought, and absorb carbon. Each workshop demonstrates how to capitalize on these benefits by implementing an actual enhancement project. Riparian Restoration Workshops are ideal for people working in parks, drainage, land use planning, agriculture, or landscaping, and especially decision making.
This year we are enhancing flood recovery projects in the Municipal District of Foothills at Three-Point Creek in the Sheep River Watershed!
Residents of the Watershed: FREE | Non-Profits/Under-employed: Pay-What-You-Can or Donate | Corporate/Government/Professionals: $50.00 (Includes Lunch!)
*These workshops are provided witth the generous support of the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta!
Earn your Certificate in Riparian Restoration Essentials - participants who complete two or more days of workshops in this series will earn a Certificate issued by Sustainability Resources and our Riparian Restoration Partners !
Since 2014 we have hosted nine Field Workshops in three municipalities with almost 100 volunteers, community leaders and industry experts, planted over 2700 native shrubs, and restored over 8670 m2 of streambank!
With the great support of a local nursery, we have been able to re-introduce native species that include sandbar willow, red osier dogwood, dwarf birch, river alder, pussy willow, snowberry, balsam poplar, and trembling aspen to support revegetation of sensitive streambanks.
This program is very unique in that we bring in watershed experts, community decision makers (local government), industry volunteers, and landowners to work side-by-side restoring watershed habitat and protecting our communities from floods, droughts, and helping to restore landscapes from some of the unintentional impacts of agriculture and development. We also get to celebrate our achievements by sharing local food in a fun out-door educational environment.
This program wouldn't be possible without the dedicated support of our many volunteers, and commitment of our partners:
- Government of Alberta - Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program & Community Climate Action Grant
- Government of Canada - Environmental Damages Fund and EcoAction Grant
- Alberta Conservation Association
- Wright Nursery
- Town of Black Diamond
- Town of Turner Valley
- Trexiana Distributors
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The Riparian Restoration Program is supported in policy by Part 3, Divisions 1 and 5 of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA).
Division 1 states research and development, including pilot projects, of conservation stewardship will be supported and Division 5 enables the application of conservation offsets as a conservation and stewardship tool. Biodiversity and habitat offsets remain an important component for mitigating anthropogenic impacts to aquatic systems. Fisheries Protection Provisions in the 2012 revisions to the Fisheries Act (section 6.1) have deemed habitat and biodiversity offsets as a key component of Canada’s fisheries regulation. When habitat that is deemed vital for commercial, recreational or Aboriginal (CRA) fisheries, is destroyed; habitat/biodiversity offsets are required to ensure No Net Loss in fisheries productivity. It is unclear as of yet which offsetting strategies will provide sustainability and ongoing productivity of CRA fisheries and proponents are given little guidance on offset site selection and must consult with environmental professionals to select offset locations.