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.

What are Riparian Areas?

Riparian areas are the lands adjacent to a river or other water body where the plants and soils are strongly 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.

Riparian Restoration Projects and Programs

Riparian Care Program

Now accepting applications! Apply today.

The RiparianCARE program works with local landowners, land renters, and community partners to implement on-the-ground projects that support the health of the Battle River and the many creeks and wetlands across the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds. An important focus of the program is to support riparian conservation and restoration efforts (RiparianCARE) that protect and improve the health of shorelines and streambanks.

Funding is available to support a range of riparian projects, which may include riparian fencing, installation of livestock watering systems, native vegetation planting, riparian health inventories, and more. Check out the Program Guidelines to learn more.

Contact: Susanna Bruneau, 780-672-0276,

Program Guidelines, Landowner Application Form

Buffalo Trail

The Buffalo Trail Riparian Restoration Program began in 2019 and will wrap up in 2023. Through this program, the BRWA worked with landowners and community partners in the Buffalo Trail region, which lies loosely around the Highway 41 corridor. To-date, we’ve supported 12 agricultural producers to install 14 livestock watering systems and over 25 kilometres of riparian fencing. We also worked with Cows and Fish to complete 16 riparian health inventories at project sites.


The Ponoka Riparian Restoration Program wrapped up in spring 2018. We worked with a number of landowners in the Ponoka area and provided funding for projects that are helping to improve the health of the Battle River and several local creeks and wetlands. Landowner projects included 20 riparian health inventories, 11 kilometres of riparian fencing, 11 livestock watering systems, and over 10,000 trees planted.

Ferry Point

The Ferry Point Riparian Restoration Program worked with landowners along the Battle River south of the Dried Meat Lake weir at highway 56 within Camrose County. See our Ferry Point Reach Report for details on the program and completed projects.

Title Type(s) Year Format
RiparianCARE Application Form 2023-2025 Riparian Projects 2023 PDF
RiparianCARE Guidelines 2023-2025 Riparian Projects 2023 PDF
AWES_Stem Cutting Infographic Riparian Projects, Stewardship 2021 PDF
AWES_Stem Cuttings for Riparian Planting Riparian Projects, Stewardship 2021 PDF
Ferry Point Reach Riparian Restoration Program Journal Riparian Projects 2012 PDF
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