The BRWA is honoured to work with local landowners and program partners to help improve the health of our riparian areas across the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds.
Image: Battle River near Ferry Point.
What are Riparian Areas?
Riparian areas are the land adjacent to the river or other water body where the plants and soils are stronly influenced by water. Riparian areas are hotspots for tourism and recreation. They are vital for agriculture as they help maintain a higher water table for crops, and provide forage, shelter, and water for livestock. They also help filter and store water, prevent erosion, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife. See the Cow's and Fish image below for a cross section of a riparian area.
The Ponoka Riparian Restoration Program was launched in the spring of 2015. For more information click here.
The Ferry Point Riparian Restoration Project is now complete. For more information click here.
The BRWA is also currently undertaking research related to riparian areas management and developing recommendations for our watershed as part of our Watershed Management Planning work. More information on this will be posted on the website as it is completed.