Riparian Health Assessments
Riparian areas are the thin green line along streams, rivers and wetlands. Although they represent a small area of the landscape, they are highly diverse and productive. Healthy riparian areas serve many functions such as:
What is a Riparian Health Assessment?
- Trapping sediment and pollutants
- Building and maintaining banks
- Storing water and recharging aquifers
- Increasing forage productivity
- Wildlife habitat - approximately 80% of wild life species in Alberta depend on riparian areas for habitat
- Protecting our water resources for future generation
- Survey designed as a simple and objective method of determining overall health of a streamside area, and identifying areas that may need more attention.
- Roughly 2-hour visual inspection examining riparian vegetation and physical characteristics.
All results are confidential.
For more detailed information, please visit the Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society website