Watershed Information

Alberta Watersheds

CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS: Central Alberta is open to students who live in the Alberta borders north of the city of Calgary. Students who live south of and including Calgary are asked to enter CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS: Southern Alberta.

Students are asked to study their local watershed.

Alberta Water Portal – Click here to access maps, resources and facts on Alberta’s water supply. 

Alberta's Water Supply
Alberta's Water Supply

Alberta's Water Supply
Alberta's Water Supply

Battle River Watershed

Battle River Watershed
Battle River Watershed

The Battle River Watershed is a large area of land covering most of east-central Alberta.

A watershed is an area of land where all water drains into a common body of water, such as a wetland, river or lake. They come in all shapes and sizes and can cross national and international borders.

The Battle River Watershed is a large area of land covering most of east-central Alberta that drains into the Battle River. The Battle River itself is a modest prairie-fed (as opposed to glacier-fed) river. There is increasing pressure on the Battle River’s water supply. The Battle Watershed covers approximately 30,000 square kilometres (17,667 square miles). 83% of this area is within Alberta; the remainder is in Saskatchewan.

Visit www.battleriverwatershed.ca for more great information.

The information, facts, maps and images on this page were provided by the Battle River Watershed Alliance and 2007-2009 Program Coordinator, Maurice Samm.

Red Deer River Watershed


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Free Lesson Plans:

Wetland education plans for teachers and students provided by Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Useful Books:

Download a list of books and CD/DVD resources here:

Battle River Watershed Alliance – State of the Basin Report 2011

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Fast Facts

Did you Know…
• Over 70% of the earth is covered in water, but only 3% of the earth’s water is fresh water and only 0.3% of this is useable to humans.
• The average person needs 30 to 50 litres of fresh water a day for drinking, cooking, washing and sanitation. However, the average Canadian uses more than 300 litres of water a day! Compare this to the average African, who makes do with just 10 litres a day.
• Albertans consume about 45,000 cubic decametres of water from the Battle River every year.
• Legally, Alberta must ensure that 50% of the Battle River’s water reaches Saskatchewan
• In drought years, there is not enough water in the Battle River to meet the needs of water users.
• Riparian areas are important to the health of a watershed. Water in a stream that does not have riparian vegetation will flow fast, which causes soil erosion from stream banks. A healthy river with lots of plants will curve and bend across the land and there will be less erosion.
• Alberta has 2.2% of Canada’s fresh water

About…Water & Developing Countries
Source: Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST). Access on October 9, 2009.
• 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe water, roughly one-fifth of the world’s population.
• 2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, about two-fifths of the world’s population.
• 1.8 million children and 400,000 adults, die every year from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
• Some 4,900 people die every day from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene – equivalent to 20 jumbo jets crashing every day.
• At any one time it is estimated that half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-borne diseases.
• The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is 6 km.
• At any time, 1.5 billion people suffer from parasitic worm infections stemming from human excreta and solid wastes in the environment. Intestinal worms can be controlled through better sanitation, hygiene and water. These parasites can lead to malnutrition, anemia and retarded growth, depending upon the severity of the infection.
• One flush of your toilet uses as much water as the average person in the developing world uses for a whole day’s washing, cleaning, cooking and drinking.
• Comparative costs: In Europe $11 billion is spent each year on ice cream; in USA and Europe, $17 billion is spent on pet food; in Europe $105 billion is spent annually on alcoholic drinks, ten times the amount required to ensure water, sanitation and hygiene for all.


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