Natural watersheds are inherently resilient and adaptable in the face of altered conditions. Rehabilitation of degraded riparian corridors running through agricultural land is important because natural stream systems provide considerable buffering capacity to absorb the impacts of floods, heat waves, infestations, and other extreme events, thereby offering adaptive capacity to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
This project will assess a group riparian restoration process (supported through the Environmental Farm Plan program) that involves producers in the Alderson Creek drainage in the Fortune Creek Watershed near Armstrong, BC. The project will monitor adoption/implementation of best management practices as well as impacts to the watershed with respect to environmental conditions and resilience.
The rehabilitation project will be monitored to quantify social, economic and bio-physical variables relevant to the project as well as stakeholder attitudes, opinions, and knowledge exchange. The findings will be communicated through two workshops (toward the end of the project), producer bulletins (fact sheets), academic publications and media.