Maps of the Red Deer River Watershed

Dynamic Watershed Map (under construction)

(informed by the RDRWA State of the Watershed Report)

The Red Deer River Watershed forms the largest sub-basin of the South Saskatchewan River basin. The Red Deer River originates in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park and flows over and through mountains, foothills, rangeland residential land, industrial land, oil and coal deposits, cities, towns parks, reserves, forests and croplands across southern Alberta, joining up with the South Saskatchewan River 8km past the Saskatchewan border.

The Red Deer River has a length of 724km and a drainage area of 49,650km2 and a mean discharge rate of 70m3 / sec. The river got its name from the translation of "Was-ka-soo" ("elk river" in Cree). The Red Deer River is fed by numerous freshwater springs, i.e., groundwater, tributaries, including Fallentimber Creek, James River, Raven River, Little Red Deer River, Medicine River, Blindman River, Threehills Creek, Kneehills Creek, Rosebud River, Bullpound Creek, Berry Creek, Blood Indian Creek, and Alkali Creek, the waters of Ewing Lake and Little Fish Lake and glacial meltwater streams from Mount Drummond and Cyclone Mountain in the Rocky Mountains plus numerous freshwater springs and tributaries. Its watershed includes 55 urban centres and 18 rural or regional municipalities.

For more information on the Red Deer River Watershed, please view the State of the Watershed Report (2008)

Google Earth Flyover of the Red Deer River Watershed (coming soon!)

 

Static Watershed Map Resources

Red Deer River Basin Map Data Background
This document gives a very brief overview of some of the key datasets used in the maps found below. It is important for persons reviewing the data to understand the underlying data to make informed decisions.
 

Average Water Quality in the Red Deer River Basin low-res high-res
Red Deer River Base Features low-res high-res
Natural Regions & Sub Regions of the Red Deer River Basin low-res high-res
Topography of the Red Deer River Basin low-res high-res
Sub Basins of the Red Deer River Basin low-res high-res
Estimated Effect of River Flows on the Red Deer River Basin Aquatic Environment low-res high-res
Water Quality Bacteria Ratings in the Red Deer River low-res high-res
Water Quality Metals Ratings in the Red Deer River low-res high-res
Water Quality Nutrient Ratings in the Red Deer River low-res high-res
Water Infrastructure in the Red Deer River Basin low-res high-res
Non-contributing Drainage in the Red Deer River Basin low-res high-res
Population as of 2001 in the Red Deer River Basin low-res high-res
Red Deer River Water Allocation by Purpose in 2000 low-res high-res
Feed Lots in the Red Deer River Basin low-res high-res
Livestock Intensity in the Red Deer River Basin low-res high-res
Manure produced in the Red Deer River Basin low-res high-res
Oil & Gas Well Densities in the Red Deer River Basin low-res high-res
Groundwater Licenses & Allocations prior to 1993 low-res high-res
Groundwater Licenses & Allocations 1993 - 2006 low-res high-res
Surfacewater Licenses & Allocations prior to 1993 low-res high-res
Surfacewater Licenses & Allocations 1993 - 2006 low-res high-res

 

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