Athabasca Watershed

Nature-based Solutions and Conservation

Watershed Connectivity Planning in the Berland-Wildhay

Canadian Wildlife Federation


In Progress

Through a partnership between the Athabasca Watershed Council (AWC), Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF), Alberta Environment and Protected Areas (EPA), and local Indigenous and community groups, this initiative will restore freshwater connectivity in the Berland-Wildhay watershed. Guided by a conservation planning framework, project partners will use spatial modelling and field assessments to quantify the connectivity status of the watershed for target fish species, set goals to improve connectivity, prioritize barriers for assessment, and implement strategies and actions to remove or rehabilitate them. This project aims to reduce habitat fragmentation and increase communities’ access to tools to help them contribute to improving freshwater connectivity in Alberta.