Nose Creek Rehabilitation Project
ALBERTA'S NOSE CREEK originates near Crossfield and flows south for 75 km through Balzac, Airdrie and Calgary, before joining the Bow River. West Nose Creek originates northwest of Calgary flowing for 65km before joining Nose Creek west of the Calgary International Airport.
The exceptional quality of the water in Nose Creek attracted European settlers and the railway,who developed the land along the creek. But over time, Nose Creek has become one of the most polluted streams in Alberta.
Enter Trout Unlimited Canada. Trout Unlimited Canada is committed to cleaning up and restoring this important watershed. Our work involves litter clean-up of and bioengineering projects to stabilize the eroded stream-banks. Many organisations including: Petro Canada, The Calgary Foundation, Evergreen, theAlberta Stewardship Network, rehabilitation efforts and educate volunteers on the importance of land use on aquatic ecosystems. Encana, RBC Bluewater Foundation, and Canadian Pacific have provided support to The Nose Creek Rehabilitation Project. Trout Unlimited Canada continues to work with supporting agencies providing field days.
Trout Unlimited Canada staff work closely with members of the Nose Creek Watershed Partnership, the local Watershed Stewardship Group, on joint initiatives within the watershed. Current projects include: basin-wide water quality and quantity monitoring, fisheries sampling and erosion monitoring. During the 2010 fisheries sampling effort TUC biologists found numerous Brown Trout in West Nose Creek higher up in the system than had ever previously been recorded. Since then, Brook Trout and Mountain Whitefish have been observed in areas of higher quality habitat in West Nose Creek. Knowing that sportfish inhabit Nose and West Nose Creeks has given new life to the Rehabilitation Project and motivates Trout Unlimited Canada and its partners to continue to restore Nose Creek to a healthy aquatic ecosystem.
As Nose Creek flows directly through the City of Calgary, this project presents a unique and highly visible opportunity for TUC to demonstrate the effectiveness of its in stream habitat conservation and restoration processes to a large urban population. Results on Nose Creek should serve as a showcase example of TUC's commitment and capabilities to restore coldwater resources.
For more information on Nose Creek, or how you can take part in this project, contact Erin McMahon