STEWARDS OF OUR WATERWAYS

Looking for a great opportunity to get involved with a community-based environmental monitoring program right in your community? CreekWatch, a program by the non-profit RiverWatch Institute of Alberta is just what you’re looking for! 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?”

  • Since 2014, CreekWatch has worked with corporate and community volunteers to collect water quality data, improve habitat and contribute to meaningful understanding of the management of our urban waterways.
  • Volunteers collect weekly data at walk-in sites along creeks entering the rivers flowing through the areas of Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer.
  • CreekWatch is a community-capacity building program engaging participants to deliver measurable results while encouraging sustainable behavior changes to better protect our freshwater resources.
  • 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.

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

Help make a difference, get informed, and check out the data on your local creek! Our online graphing platform is essential in virtually preserving and presenting the data collected by CreekWatch volunteers each season.

CreekWatch Data Viewing

CreekWatch Data Sheet

Our CreekWatch Data Sheet is used by our volunteers and technicians to provide a hard copy of collected data while in the field. Once data is collected, it can then be transcribed into our online database with a secure PIN provided to participants.

CreekWatch Data Sheet

Environmental Achievement Award Recipient

CreekWatch was recognized with a Calgary Award in 2020 for Environmental Achievement, and we’d like to thank the dedication and support of our volunteers, funders, and partners for making that happen!

Calgary Award Media Release

Monitoring

Calgary

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

Calgary Sampling Locations

Edmonton

CreekWatch monitors seven 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