A resource to improve understanding of wetlands in the Bow River region to promote conservation through protection and restoration.

Wetlands are natural assets that have a vital role in climate change adaptation and mitigation. They provide ecosystem services like flood and drought mitigation, water purification, and enhanced biodiversity.

Accurate wetland mapping is essential to keep connected, functional wetlands on the landscape.

The Bow River Regional Wetland Datasets are four spatial datasets developed primarily to support municipalities and Indigenous communities in decision making and operations related to wetlands. This website was developed to improve accessibility to the spatial data and technical knowledge on applying wetland information to management and conservation decisions.

This website includes:

  • an introduction to the four datasets
  • an interactive map to view the datasets
  • a link to download the datasets
  • resources to apply these datasets to improve knowledge on wetland management and conservation in the region.

The content of this website will evolve as new functions and resources are developed with input from an advisory committee, so please check back for updates.

The Four Datasets Created for the Bow River Region

A spatial representation of wetlands classified according to the Alberta Wetland Classification System and consistent with the GOA's wetland inventory standards.

Wetland areas with a high likelihood of human-caused drainage activity that may be eligible for the provincial Wetland Restoration Program.

Historical extent of wetlands based on historical air photos from 1949 to 1951.

Land classes classified into two hierarchical levels, which integrates the wetland inventory to create a single, seamless product.

Spatial Extent of Bow River Regional Wetland Datasets

funders and partners

Funding was provided by the City of Calgary and an Anonymous Funder

Datasets were developed in partnership with Fiera Biological Consulting