Natural resource development in the Province has progressed at a pace determined by approved exploration and roaded access development. Historical watercourse crossing construction has not adequately considered fish passage and habitat connectivity. Over time watercourse crossings degrade and become barriers to passage upstream isolating extended reaches of usable habitat, these same crossings become point source inputs of sediment damaging the stream reaches downstream.
Alberta has over 150,000km of resource roads, approximately 30% of these watercourse crossings will fail the current inspection protocol. It is projected that within 8-10 years, several of Alberta’s native salmonid species will be extirpated from many productive watersheds. This is a problem that is tangible, it is fixable, and it requires a collaborative approach. The solution is to address the issue at a landscape level that crosses over watershed and tenure owner boundaries and works with the restoration of key species and watersheds in a dynamic and progressive manner.
Having clear information (spatial, temporal, and instructive) on the status of the problem, methods of appropriate repair and the rate of restoration underway will drive a trend towards the recruitment of lost habitat and recovery of the individual species. Managers without information on a problem they are required to solve will struggle to find a solution. AWC3 will address this problem by collecting and organizing information in a usable manner to roadway owners and practitioners who help.
The SCARI Mobile Application is a browser-based watercourse crossing inventory tool that allows the wcc user to provide a spatial location and a basic evaluation of the crossing condition. The information is used in a larger landscape level database that helps to model the priorities for restoration work
This is a survey that will rank the importance of watercourse and watershed and fisheries values. Survey results will be posted on this page and will continue to build and develop over time reflecting the values of society, professionals, practitioners, managers, and all who use, enjoy, and manage our watercourses.
Please click the below button if you wish to complete a Delphi Assessment on the valuation of Creek and watercourse crossing criteria.