Alberta Watershed Protection

What is a watershed and why are watersheds important to protect?

A watershed is an area of land that catches rain and snow and drains water into a shared destination such as a stream, river, or lake. Watershed protection is important so we continue to protect and improve water quality and ecosystem functioning.

Your Role In Watershed Protection & How Can YOU Contribute?

  • Clean, Drain, Dry your boat.
  • Reduce the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
  • Use environmentally friendly products whenever possible.
  • Compost or mulch yard waste to keep it out of waterways.
  • Prevent soil erosion by landscaping to minimize run-off.
  • Prevent leaks from motor vehicles by performing regular maintenance.
  • Dispose of your hazardous materials, such as used batteries and motor oil, at collection facilities.
  • Don’t dump materials down the storm sewers because they flow straight to the river.
  • If you have livestock, ensure the proper management of their waste.
  • Clean up after your pets.
  • Take part in citizen’s groups to protect the watershed.
  • Remember that we all live downstream of someone and to follow “good neighbour” practices.

Watershed Protection & Aquatic Invasive Species Resources


NSWA has developed an integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) for the North Saskatchewan River Basin. You can check out the NSWA progress on th eplan and learn how you can contribute, visit their Website here.


This was developed to recognize changing water needs, economic growth and changing population. The Environment Minister requested the Alberta Water Council provide recommendations for renewed Water for Life Strategy keeping in mind the above changes.


(AISC) is a not-for-profit society dedicated to informing and educating Albertans about the destructive impacts invasive species have on our environment, economy, and society. See their full publications list here and Clean, Dry Drain handouts for download here.

"You can't cross the water merely by standing and staring at it."

– Rabindranath Tagore