Instream Flow Needs

Flowing waters in Alberta provide for a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Sufficient water of good quality is among the most essential requirements for sustaining fish and other aquatic life within Alberta’s rivers and streams.

Alberta Environment and Parks has developed an instream flow needs desktop method to support the goal of the Water for Life strategy and the key action to establish science-based methods for determining the ecological requirements for a healthy aquatic environment.

The desktop method will help identify the water flows needed to maintain the ecological health of rivers, streams, and other flowing water bodies where no site-specific data is available.

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Updated: Jul 20, 2018