The CreekWatch Program
CreekWatch is a community-based environmental monitoring program by the non-profit RiverWatch Institute of Alberta.
The objective of CreekWatch is to connect communities with the science and stewardship relevant to their local natural areas and stormwater creeks. Adult volunteers work in teams using portable water quality labs to research and answer the question “How healthy are our creeks?”
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 stormwater impact upon our creeks throughout the open water season March-October and a report is published annually on World Water Day.
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 stormwater and natural areas.