The Battle River Watershed
The Battle River Watershed is a large area of land covering most of east-central Alberta that drains into the Battle River. The Battle River itself is a modest prairie-fed (as opposed to glacier-fed) river. There is increasing pressure on the Battle River's water supply.
A watershed (or basin) is the area of land that catches snow and rain and drains it to a larger body of water, such as a marsh, lake, stream or river. Topography defines the entire watershed, as it shapes the course and speed of water moving through the area.
The Battle Watershed covers approximately 30,000 square kilometres (17,667 square miles). 83% of this area is within Alberta; the remainder is in Saskatchewan.
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There are seven major river basins (watersheds) in Alberta: the Peace/Slave, Athabasca, Hay, North Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan, Beaver and Milk.
The Battle River Watershed is a sub-basin of the North Saskatchewan Watershed.
The North Saskatchewan River Basin covers about 80,000 square km of the province. Major centers within the basin include Rocky Mountain House, Edmonton, and Fort Saskatchewan. The basin begins in the icefields of Banff and Jasper National Parks and generally flows in an easterly direction towards the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. The Brazeau, Nordegg, Ram, Clearwater, Sturgeon and Vermillion Rivers all flow into the North Saskatchewan River. The Battle River also forms part of the basin and joins with the North Saskatchewan River at North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
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