Vermilion River Watershed Restoration + Enhancement Project

Wetlands and riparian areas are ecosystems that perform vital ecological services in a watershed. They store water, manage flooding, retain sediment and contaminants, serve as a habitat and food source for wildlife, maintain biodiversity, and offer leisure and natural scenic beauty. These services help people, other living things, and the overall health of natural systems that are linked within watersheds. Citizens, watershed stakeholders, and conservation groups know that wetlands and riparian areas must be protected and restored to create sustainable watersheds.

In partnership with the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance and with grant funding from the agencies listed below, the VRWA is working with landowners throughout the Vermilion River watershed. Together we are restoring and enhancing wetlands and riparian areas on their land. Activities under these grants are collectively called the Vermilion River Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Project (VRWREP). This three-year initiative (2015–2018) will implement some of the recommended actions of the VRWMP under the following goals.

  • Improve reliability of surface water supply.
  • Maintain or improve surface water quality.
  • Maintain or improve aquatic ecosystem health.

Documents for current participants:

2018 Terms and Conditions (for reference)

Application Guide (for reference)

Reimbursement Claim Form (for download)

Completion Questionnaire (download version)

Completion Questionnaire (online submission version)


Thank you to the VRWREP funders and partners:


Studies + Reports

The State of the North Saskatchewan River Watershed Report

View Report + Maps 

(Note: the above link will take you to the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance website)

Vermilion River Watershed Management Plan (2012)

Prepared by the Vermilion River Watershed Management Project Steering Committee on behalf of the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance

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Vermilion River and Stretton Creek Water Quality at Low Flow (2016)

Prepared by North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance

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Vermilion River Riparian Inventory + Assessment (2016)

Prepared by Golder Associates

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Health Assessment Maps

Vermilion River         Stretton Creek             Birch Creek              Mundare Creek          Holden Creek

Irish Creek                  Deer Creek                   Cotton Creek            Lamont Creek            Holden Drainage

Marwayne Creek        Campbell Creek          Warwick Creek        Waskwei Creek

Vermilion River Aquatic Ecosystem Assessment (2016)

Prepared by CPP Environmental

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Vermilion River Water Supply & Demand Study (2009)

Prepared by Golder Associates

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