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Water and Fish Program

Improving the sustainable management of Alberta’s watersheds through watershed assessments, better modeling, and hydrological research.

The relaunched Water and Fish Program is developing a suite of projects ranging from applied research on fish ecology, watershed-level experiments, better hydrological modeling, and development of next-generation GIS tools and datasets.

infographic showing the current focus of the water and fish program

In 2011, the Fish and Watersheds Program refocused on hydrology and became the Water Program. In 2021, it was relaunched as the Water and Fish Program to help address fish species of special concern.

Program Lead
Dr. Barry White
This project will collect data and develop a tool to prioritize restoration in forested riparian areas for the Government of Alberta's WRRP.
This project on riparian mapping aims to improve management and operational efficiency by capitalizing on the high quality remote sensing data available in Alberta.
This project explores the 20 to 50-year implications of MPB rehabilitation on timber and non-timber values.
This project will give an overview of what we know about managing riparian areas in Alberta and identify knowledge gaps.
GRAIP can predict which road segments and drainage features lead to greater risks of landslides, stream crossing plugging and reduced hydrologic connectivity.
This project transfers the eastern slopes watershed assessment procedure to the foothills.
The project will apply a hydrological model to the Star Creek watershed in order to evaluate the effect of harvesting on key watershed processes and flood risks.
This project investigates whether bridges and culverts affect stream connectivity and fish communities.
This project will develop a tool for assessing how watersheds in the eastern slopes are affected by disturbance.
Named in honor of the "father of forest hydrology in Western Canada," this project seeks to capture the value of long-term research and data sets.
This project is part of the Southern Rockies Watershed Project aimed at understanding headwater processes and the hydrologic response to fire and forestry.
This project focuses on calibrating a hydrological model, called Raven, for forest planning.
Introduction to the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network
Summaries and Communications | Presentation Slides
Presentations from the Online Workshop
Effects of Prescribed Burn on Nutrient and Dissolved Organic Matter Characteristics in Peatland Shallow Groundwater
Scientific Publications | Peer Reviewed Papers
Paper from the Water Program
Road Erosion in the Simonette Part 4: Instream Consequences and Road Crossings
QuickNotes | Summaries and Communications
2-page briefing note from the Water Program
Road Erosion in the Simonette Part 1: Road Surfaces
QuickNotes | Summaries and Communications
2-page briefing note from the Water Program
Road Erosion in the Simonette Part 2: Gully Erosion
QuickNotes | Summaries and Communications
2-page briefing note from the Water Program
Road Erosion in the Simonette Part 3: Diverting Sediment from Streams
QuickNotes | Summaries and Communications
2-page briefing note from the Water Program
Southern Alberta Silviculture Adaptation Project: Results from 2018 & 2019
QuickNotes | Summaries and Communications
2-page briefing note from the Water Program
Event
A forum to discuss, debate, and define the future research direction of the Water and Fish Program. May 10, 8:30 to 4:00.
Muddy Waters
Blog
Sand and silt are eroding off roads into Alberta's streams, harming fish and water quality. Until now, finding and fixing those problem sites among the vast network of roads has been daunting.
Meet Erin Humeny: Professional Biologist with over a Decade of Environmental Science Experience
Blog
Professional biologist with over a decade of environmental science experience.
Three Years of Riparian Assessments
Blog
Blog post by Caitlin Tomaszewski for the Water Program.
Water Program Hiring a Summer Field Assistant
Announcement
Closing date: June 30.
people in a conference room sitting at desks, talking
Blog
75 stakeholders came out to share their knowledge and identify needed future research.
East Slopes Riparian Assessment Project Funding Announced by Minister Phillips
Announcement
The Water Program at fRI Research has received a grant from Alberta Environment and Parks’ Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP). The grant was announced in Lethbridge on November 13 by Minister Phillips.
Dr. Barry White
Dr. Barry White
Program Lead