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:
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
What is a Riparian Health Assessment?
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.