Streambank Naturalization – Protecting Streambanks Naturally

An open space in the forest with a view of a narrow creek going into the mountains

In an urban center like Calgary the riparian boundary can often be obscured by land use and development but is still important for things like habitat, water filtration and groundwater recharge. However, if the riparian area isn’t functioning then it cannot provide those benefits. As part of the Street to Stream initiative led by Cows and Fish and the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership in collaboration with the City of Calgary, we aimed to restore some function to a heavily used green space along the Elbow River. This video will discuss some of the aspects and challenges involved with the planning and execution of an urban riverbank naturalization project.

– By Cows and Fish

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Oil painting of an aerial view of a riparian area