Environmental Flows and Hydrology

Wood Buffalo National Park


The work undertaken in this theme is directed at advancing three major desired outcomes:

  • Ecological and hydrological integrity – water quantity improvements, including variability, sustain ecological functioning and integrity of the PAD.
  • Exercise of Aboriginal and treaty rights – Water quantity improvements sustain healthy and abundant traditional resources and Indigenous ways of life in the PAD system.
  • Informed decision-making – improved baseline data / knowledge and comprehensive environmental flow assessments inform decision-making related to the ecological and hydrological integrity of the PAD system.

Convened by: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Inter-jurisdictional efforts to address the complex hydro-ecological issues in the Peace-Athabasca Delta are being coordinated through a new Environmental Flows and Hydrology Working Group convened by Environment and Climate Change Canada. This working group includes representatives from federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous governments.

The working group has already begun to implement some of the 75 hydrology-related monitoring and management actions that will support the ecological integrity of the delta and the Indigenous communities that depend on the delta for maintaining their ways of life. These actions are focused on:

  • establishing effective partnerships between provincial, federal, territorial, and Indigenous governments to guide and inform management actions;
  • improving communication with transparent and accessible knowledge and data sharing;
  • identifying clear and measurable objectives for important areas in the PAD and the broader park;
  • developing clear protocols for communication and monitoring to ensure that actions are achieving their intended outcomes; and,
  • working towards taking concrete, and early, management action.

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