The areas surrounding the river—known as a riparian area—provide an abundance of vegetation and wildlife habitat to the region. Gravel-bed rivers like the Red Deer River and their floodplains are a ribbon of biodiversity and play an essential role in overall health and function of the surrounding and downstream landscape and communities.
Land conservation is essential to the health of the Red Deer River.
The Water Quality and You program was created to promote voluntary land conservation and land stewardship practices along the upper reaches of the Red Deer River and its tributaries—and to promote the benefits of conservation easements.
Through Water Quality and You, Legacy met many landowners who support improving water quality. We heard their water quality concerns, listened to their stories, and provided them with conservation tools and stewardship options. Several significant conservation projects are now underway. We continue to look for new ways to reach out to landowners to provide information and resources. If you would like to get involved or learn more about Water Quality and You, please contact us.