The CreekWatch Program

CreekWatch is a citizen-science program by the non-profit RiverWatch Institute of Alberta. An innovative and exciting undertaking, CreekWatch connects communities with the science and stewardship relevant to their local natural areas.  Adult volunteers work as part of a team to research and answer the question “How healthy are our creeks?”

Since 2014, the CreekWatch Program has worked with corporate and community volunteers to collect water quality data and to improve habitat. These great activities contribute in meaningful ways to the understanding and management of urban natural areas.

Volunteers and RiverWatch staff collect weekly data at walk-in sites along creeks entering the rivers flowing through Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. Data comparisons help highlight urban impact upon our creeks throughout the open water season March-October.

Science

CreekWatch engages volunteers in authentic science. Each volunteer team has the use of a portable water quality lab for collecting data on dissolved oxygen, phosphates, nitrates, chloride, pH, temperature and turbidity. CreekWatch provides the leadership, science instruction and equipment for a safe and quality experience.

Data Graphing Platform

The creation of an online database allows for the uploading of water quality data and is an essential part of virtually preserving the data collected through CreekWatch. Our unique graphing platform allows for trend analysis, data graphing, and comparison amongst our monitored creeks.

CreekWatch Data Viewing

Creekwatch Annual Report

CreekWatch publishes an annual report card that grades Alberta creeks in a comparison of their scoring for each water quality test. The accumulated thousands of data points and hundreds of volunteer hours really amounts to something wonderful with each person’s contribution!

CreekWatch Annual Report 2016

Monitoring

Calgary

There are four creeks within Calgary that are monitored on a weekly basis, all flowing into the Bow River.

Calgary Sampling Locations

Edmonton

CreekWatch monitors five creeks in Edmonton that all flow towards the North Saskatchewan River.

Edmonton Sampling Locations

Red Deer

Two creeks are being monitored in Red Deer that eventually make their way into the Red Deer River.

Red Deer Sampling Locations