On this page you will find links to informative documents and webpages relating to the Ghost Watershed.  


Against the Current - The Story of westslope cutthroat trout in Alberta's headwater ecosystems

Teacher's guide and slide deck on one of Alberta's native trout species.

Copyright: GWAS 2002 - 2023

Educational Resources:

Videos: See our educational videos on the GWAS YouTube channel

Watch our videos on the topics of:

- Bio-engineering

- Connecting Source to Tap, and the

- GWAS Water Monitoring Program


Story Map on Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve

In 2022, GWAS supported the Forest Matters Society project to develop a StoryMap on the Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve. A large portion of the Ghost Watershed falls within the Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve.

The Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve (RMFR) covers 23,180 km2 of land along the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains, an area larger than Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Waterton National Parks combined.

The land in the RMFR sits within Treaty 7 territory and the Metis Nation of Alberta, Regions 3 and 4.

Today, the Government of Alberta manages the RMFR as public land on behalf of its citizens. While its boundaries have changed slightly from its creation in 1910 by the Dominion of Canada, the RMFR is still publicly owned for the public interest.

To find out more about the Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve, please visit the Story Map.

Story Map on the 20-year journey of GWAS

In 2022 GWAS celebrated its 20-year anniversary.

To share our journey with you, GWAS's Education Coordinator created the StoryMap People in Place about GWAS and the Ghost Watershed.

Forest Reserve Multi-Use Dialogue:  

A one-year information gathering process to identify issues of multi-use within the Ghost River Forest Reserve:

In 1999 the MD of Bighorn submitted the Forest Reserve Multi-Use Dialogue (FRMUD) report to the Minister of Environment.

“The purpose of this project is to draw attention to the widespread ecosystem degradation that is being caused by random camping and off-highway vehicle use in the Ghost River Forest Reserve. Over a 12-month period the M.D. of Bighorn through a steering committee has worked hard to increase our understanding of this critical issue.

The main focus of this study has been to initiate dialogue.”

You can download a copy of the FRMUD report (PDF-format) by clicking here.

Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve - Watershed / Forest Preservation and Livestock Grazing History

by Bryne Weerstra

(pdf-file, 3.1MB)

This document covers the history of forestry grazing allotments in Alberta with special reference to the Ghost River Watershed.

City of Calgary Source Water Protection Plan:

"Source water is an important resource for The City of Calgary and surrounding areas. Protecting source water is the first line of defence to minimize the risk of contamination to our drinking water".

The Ghost Watershed is part of Calgary's headwaters. Please download the report for more information.

Water Quality Study:

In 2005/06 a water quality study was performed for Alberta Environment looking at sediment loads in the major watercourses of the Ghost Watershed. You can download the following documants here:

- Executive Summary (475KB)

- Full report (Large file! 12.2MB)

STREAM - DNA: Preliminary DNA Data - Bow River, AB December 2019

In 2019, GWAS participated in the STREAM DNA training and subsequently sampled a first site in the Waiparous Creek sub-basin of the Ghost Watershed.

Please download the report for more information

Working with post-secondary institutions:

In 2019, we connected with the Environmental Science department of the University of Calgary and presented the Ghost River State of the Watershed (SOW) Report to the ENSC 502 class. Several student groups subsequently selected research topics based on the SOW Report. A number of GWAS members mentored and supported students in their research work.

Find out more about the ENSC 502 students' work here

Aquatic Biomonitoring in the Ghost Watershed

In 2019, GWAS initiated its Water Monitoring Program. Following the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Protocol (CABiN) developed by Environment and Climate Change Canada, GWAS has been sampling sites across the Ghost Watershed with the help of trained contractors and volunteers since 2020.

You can download the reports for each sampling year following the links below:

2020 CABiN / STREAM Project Report

2021 CABiN / STREAM Project Report

Coming soon: 2022 CABiN / STREAM Project Report