The Nose Creek watershed includes areas in Rocky Mountain County and Crossfield, Airdrie and Calgary. West Nose Creeks and Nose Creek connect in Calgary near Confluence Park and continue south to the Bow River.
In 2008, the Nose Creek Watershed Water Management Plan was finalized and authorized by Alberta Environment. The plan was developed through the partnership of the cities of Airdrie and Calgary, Rocky View County and the Calgary Airport Authority. It identifies goals, and it outlines recommendations to achieve the targets.
To support municipal planners in protecting the watershed and understanding the Nose Creek Watershed Water Management Plan, Nose Creek Watershed Partnership has prepared a checklist for planners. Municipalities can refer to the checklist to understand how the management plan relates to local development plans and area structure plans, and it outlines the aspects that must be evaluated and documented.
The checklist is an example of how a regional water management plan is communicated to municipal planners to ease its implementation.
The Nose Creek Watershed Partnership continues to improve its monitoring tools to assist municipal planners. In 2021, the partnership received a grant from the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation to support the next phase of the water monitoring plan.
“The water quality data will be used to support the watershed-scale Nose Creek Model, a predictive too to help land managers understand the implications of development designs, activities and alternative management options on watershed hydrology, hydraulics, ecology and economy,” read the press release from May 31, 2021.
“The model will be used by municipalities, other resource managers and industry to better understand current watershed conditions and predict future conditions based on growth in the region. The model tool is an investment in the long-term strategy to better manage streamflows, retain wetlands and improve water quality in the Nose Creek watershed.”