The Eastern Slopes is the origin of much of the water for important rivers such as the Oldman, Bow, and South Saskatchewan. Many of these lands are public forest lands with multiple uses, natural disturbance processes and climate change.
Developing tools to address cumulative watershed effects in forested areas is a major theme for the fRI Research Water Program. We approached this by developing a template for assessment and examples in the Eastern Slopes. Our procedures divides watershed processes categories of dominant watershed processes:
- Sediment and erosion, and
- Flow regime.
Using these categories of watershed processes we are developing risk-based assessment approaches for:
- Level 1: office and reconnaissance-based
- Level 2: field-based detail