Oldman River Watershed

Nature-based Solutions and Conservation

How Well Do We Know Beavers: Groundwater Monitoring of Beaver Dam Analogues as a Nature-based Solution

Beaver Dam Analogues (BDAs) are a nature-based solution for offsetting climate change impacts including drought and flood. They mimic beaver dams and act like speed bumps, slowing down water movement. Miistakis’ project will measure groundwater levels alongside installed BDAs to demonstrate measurable impacts to groundwater storage. Miistakis will partner with the Blood Tribe Land Management, Cows and Fish and Trout Unlimited Canada to monitor the impacts of BDAs in the foothills of Southern Alberta. Well installation and monitoring will begin with pre-BDA assessment in summer/fall of 2023 with analysis following 2 years of post BDA installation monitoring.