Building a water crossing in Alberta over a stream, river or creek is a complex project and involves multiple partners. Perhaps one of the most critical issues when it comes to managing our freshwater resources is water quality. Culverts, bridges and roads can be a threat to water quality and to fish movement when not installed properly or left in disrepair.
There are many moving parts when it comes to who regulates water-related issues. Watercourse crossings can fall under the Federal Fisheries Act, Water Act, Public Lands Act and EPEA depending on the crossing type and the problem with the crossing. The goal of the Watercourse Crossing Program (WCP) is for all regulated parties within a watershed to coordinate remediation to address fish passage issues.
The focus of this work is to eliminate fish passage problems caused by poorly constructed and maintained watercourse crossings in Alberta. The WCP is a component of an integrated provincial fisheries management approach, linked to several other fish species recovery and aquatic habitat conservation initiatives