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Riparian projects

The City of Calgary has selected several priority sites to be the focus of riparian rehabilitation. Our goal is to build a more resilient and diverse ecosystem, able to resist the impact of floods, people and wildlife. We design restoration techniques for each site to promote river bank resiliency and increase protection against erosion and flooding.

Currently underway:

Douglasdale

Edworthy Park - Preliminary Design

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This project includes a single site within the Natural Environment Park, located along the east bank of the Bow River downstream from the Enmax Substation. Work will focus on development of riparian forest restoration and soft landscape planting. Densely planted blocks of native trees, shrubs, forbs and grasses will be installed throughout the site and then surrounded by a Paige-wire fence until the new plants are established.

 

Complete and being maintained:

Edworthy Park

Edworthy Park - Preliminary Design

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The goal of this project is to rehabilitate the degraded riparian ecosystem on the banks of the Bow River, and to slow the invasion of common Caragana in the meadows of Edworthy Park

Historically, this site has seen heavy use by people visiting the park and rural agricultural creating an ecosystem dominated by non-native species.

 

Wildwood

Edworthy Park - Preliminary Design

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This project is also located on the south side of the Bow River within the Edworthy Park. The issue here are two invasive plant species - common Caragana, which dominates much of the river bank, and smooth brome, which is taking over the rest of the site.

The objective of restoration is to slow and possibly stop the incursion of the invasive species, creating a more biodiverse and resistant ecosystem.

 

Valley Ridge

Edworthy Park - Preliminary Design

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The Valley Ridge Site is located within the Valley Ridge Golf Course, and will be constrained to ensure work does not affect operation of the golf course.

This site rates as "unhealthy" as it has been largely altered by golf course development. The tree community consists mostly of mature balsam poplars and some mature cottonwoods, with little poplar regeneration as they have been mechanically removed. Work here will focus on re-establishing the natural forest ecosystem of this area.

 

TransAlta

TransAlta - Preliminary Design

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This site is located within the sensitive riparian forest along the Bow River directly down river from the Bearspaw Dam and within the private property of TransAlta Corporation. 

 It rates as "healthy, with problems" due to recreational use of the area, as well as the prevalence of invasive plant species. This location will benefit from cluster planting of native species in order to reclaim disturbed areas and enhance the natural riparian forest.