We’ve been doing this for many years, building a data set that can be used to evaluate the current condition of the creek’s instream flows, and, equally importantly, establish a baseline against which to measure any long-term changes in water quality
Jessica Lof and her two boys, Angil and Remy take a sample of the water in Bragg Creek as part of our citizen science project.
A goal of the project is to provide the community with quantitative and reliable data on important measures of water quality (particularly stream flow, temperature, turbidity, conductivity, nitrates, phosphorus, and chloride).
Read about the different tests used to monitor the quality of the creek. Please note: some of the tests have changed over the years. View a video that gives an overview of a typical test, showing some of the tools and techniques used. You will also learn why the tests are important and what they tell us about our creek.
Monitoring Bragg Creek’s Water: Volunteers Needed
Environmental pressures on Bragg Creek continue to grow as our population expands, global climate change accelerates, recreational crowds increase, and clearcut logging continues upstream of us. Long-term monitoring of instream water quality is one way to assess the collective environmental impacts of these and other factors.
Are you interested in participating in a long-term “citizen science” project that provides the community of Bragg Creek with important data about water quality? Do you need an excuse to don boots and shamelessly cavort in the creek? Are you interested in detecting environmental impacts? If so, please send an email to the contact below.
This spring and summer, teams of volunteers will again be monitoring water quality and quantity in Bragg Creek (the stream, not the hamlet). We’ll examine the creek on public land at six places, ranging from the Kananaskis Boundary, upstream of all homes, to near the creek’s termination at the Elbow River. We’ll monitor five times, spaced monthly through the spring and summer. A goal of the project is to provide the community with quantitative and reliable data on important measures of water quality (particularly stream flow, temperature, conductivity, turbidity, nitrates, phosphorus, and chloride). Using these data, we can evaluate the current condition of the creek’s instream flows, and, equally importantly, establish a baseline against which to measure any long-term changes in water quality.
This initiative continues and extends the “citizen science” creek monitoring project that has run in the summers of 2005 through 2017, the data for which are posted on: www.braggcreek.ca/environment/.
This Bragg Creek Environmental Coalition project got off the ground with help from the Elbow River Watershed Partnership (www.erwp.org), with equipment provided by the Elbow River Watershed Partnership, Bob McAlpine and the City of Calgary. Ongoing support for reagents is provided by the ERWP with logistic support for stream gauging from Alberta Environment. For more information, please contact Ralph Cartar, at 403-949-3307, or cartar @ucalgary.ca