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 as a Paddler

Watershed Protection & Aquatic Invasive Species Considerations

  • Clean, Drain, Dry your boat to prevent the spread of invasive species.
  • Use environmentally friendly products whenever possible.
  • Keep waste out of waterways, practice Leave No Trace.
  • Prevent soil erosion by launching and landing your boat carefully to minimize impact.
  • Prevent leaks from boat motor by performing regular maintenance.
  • 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” practice.


Currently there are 11 Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils representing the major river basins in Alberta. 

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.