The Planning Process

Planning By The Numbers

Developing an Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) is a complex challenge involving different watershed issues, multiple groups and sectors, and changing social, ecological, and economic conditions. Since beginning in 2010, the IWMP process has been highly collaborative and iterative, with each step of the way helping to lay the groundwork for the next. Some highlights so far include:

*numbers are approximate

                 IWMP History

IWMP Milestones

State of the WatershedState of the Watershed Report (2009)

The RDRWA completed a comprehensive State of the Watershed Report in 2009. As an essential foundation for the IWMP process, the report looks systematically at watershed health across all 15 sub-watersheds of the entire Red Deer River watershed.



Background Technical Report #1: Surface Water Quality (2012)

The first in a series of four technical reports developed by independent consultants to support the IWMP process, this report includes draft water quality objectives (i.e., targets) for the mainstem of the Red Deer River. The report “Draft site-specific water quality objectives for the Red Deer River basin with emphasis on the mainstem” was led by Dr. Anne-Marie Anderson and supported by a Technical Advisory Committee with input from the public.


Background Technical Report #2: Wetlands, Riparian Areas, and Land Use (2013)

Led by O2 Planning + Design, the second technical report focused on issues and management opportunities related to wetlands, riparian areas, and land use. The report was guided by a Technical Advisory Committee and input from the public.


BTR 3Background Technical Report #3: Surface Water Quantity and Groundwater Resources (2013)

Led by O2 Planning + Design, the third report highlighted issues and opportunities linked to the management of surface water quantity and groundwater resources. The report was guided by a Technical Advisory Committee and input from the public. Map package <HERE>


BTR 4Background Technical Report #4: Terrestrial and Aquatic Biodiversity (2014)

This report provides a foundation for strategies related to terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity in the watershed. Led by O2 Planning + Design, the report was also guided by a Technical Advisory Committee and input from the public. Low-resolution map package <HERE>



Blueprint CoverBlueprint. Phase One: Water Quality

In 2016, the RDRWA released Blueprint: An Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the Red Deer River Watershed (Phase One: Water Quality). The first phase of the IWMP to be completed, the plan addresses two key areas: surface water quality and groundwater quality, recognizing that the two are fundamentally interconnected. NOTE: The plan is best downloaded to your desktop and viewed in Adobe Acrobat.



Future Phases

As a living document, the IWMP will expand and evolve after Phase One to address a broader range of watershed health issues. Phase Two will begin in 2016 and will look holistically at a variety of watershed health metrics. Information from previous technical reports and community engagement will be used to draft Phase Two of Blueprint, and additional opportunities for the community to participate in its development will be provided in 2016 and 2017.

Supporting Information

The RDRWA has developed a range of materials to support the IWMP process over the past few years (examples below). Please contact the RDRWA with any questions about the IWMP development process.

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