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

Library

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

with special reference to the Ghost River Watershed by Bryne Weerstra (pdf-file, 3.1MB)

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)

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.

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.

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

Educational Resources:

GWAS had developed a number of educational resources:

- 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.


- Videos: See our educational videos on the GWAS YouTube channel

  See our videos on the topics of bio-engineering, connecting the source to our taps and undertaking monitoring of aquatic ecosystems.

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

Copyright: GWAS 2002 - 2022

Story Map on Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve

Over the past few months, GWAS supported the Forest Matters project to develop a Story Map 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—the traditional and

ancestral territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Kainai, Piikani and

Siksika) as well as the Tsuu T'ina Nation and Stoney Nakoda First

Nation; Treaty 6 territory—the traditional and ancestral territory of the

Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux and Nakota Sioux; 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.