GEOMORPHOLOGY, HYDROLOGY AND AQUATIC HABITAT OF SMALL FOOTHILL STREAMS RICHARD McCLEARY, FOOTHILLS MODEL FOREST
Headwater streams generate the sediment and nutrients that determine water quality in downstream areas that support bull trout, arctic grayling and Athabasca rainbow trout. This project work entails investigating the inputs and transportation of these materials. Maps are also being developed that show which riparian areas are most sensitive to forest management-related disturbances and other maps with predictions of which headwaters streams are likely to support fish.
The CCF funds allowed UBC professors and an international scientist to visit the research watersheds and review the work. TUC CCF contributions also allowed for the employment of summer students for field studies and to communicate findings to foresters from Hinton Wood Products as they continually try to improve their best management practices for working around streams.
Read journal article, "Predictive modeling and spatial mapping of fish distributions in small streams of the Canadian Rocky Mountain foothills"; Richard J. McCleary & Marwan A.Hassan; Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Volume 65,Number 2, February 2008; ISSN 1205-7533.