AN INTEGRATED HYDROLOGIC MODEL FOR THE LESSER SLAVE WATERSHED

Category: 2017, Current, Grant, Major Project, Water

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Lesser Slave Watershed Council

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The Lesser Slave Watershed Council (LSWC) will utilize a powerful integrated hydrologic model that has been developed by Alberta WaterSmart for the greater Athabasca River Basin. This work supports key recommendations laid out in the Lesser Slave Integrated Watershed Management Plan. This tool gives the LSCW a great opportunity to take an integrated look at the watershed and how changes in climate, land use and water demand may look in the future.

The same type of integrated model has been successfully developed and utilized for the South Saskatchewan River Basin by the same project team. The goals for this basin wide project are to help inform water management planning and decision making at all levels by developing and utilizing specific modeling tools that can assess and simulate climate change and its potential impacts on soil moisture, hydrology, land cover changes, and water demand. Well informed plans have a better chance of being supported and implemented and using a modelling tool like this is a cost effective way to inform planning.

This work will enhance the quality and strength of the Lesser Slave watershed management plan, making it a more useful tool for implementors including the Government of Alberta, municipalities, First Nations, land owners, developers, and various industry.