Water system affected
Strathmore is located in the Bow River Basin watershed, which is fed by several tributaries including the Pipestone, Spray, Cascade, Kananaskis, Ghost, Sheep, Elbow and Highwood rivers which flow into the Bow River. The Bow River passes through 136 km of forest, foothills, muskeg, prairies and several municipalities before it enters an irrigation canal to Strathmore.
Human sources of contaminants are primarily agricultural run-off and wastewater from upstream communities. Natural sources of contaminants include wildlife and vegetation.
The Bow River Basin Council (BRBC) is a "multi-stakeholder, charitable organization dedicated to conducting activities for the improvement and protection of the waters of the Bow River Basin." Visit the BRBC's website to learn more about the Bow River watershed and the Council.