Bow River Trout Recycle Rates as an Index for a Sustainable Fishery

The Bow River fishery has been under pressure in recent years and has seen devastating floods, low river flows in the summer months, higher summer temperatures, increased angling effort, and the possible impact of the Whirling Disease. Trout Population Decline: A recent report indicates that the Bow River Rainbow Trout population has declined by as […]

The Demise of the Bow River Legacy Island River Access

Calgary recreational river users have seen significant commitments to infrastructure improvements in recent years. But there are weaknesses in site development and upkeep across the Lower Bow River. Calgary River Users’ Alliance (CRUA) continues to advocate for improved river access and river recreational infrastructure to meet the ever-increasing popularity of outdoor pursuits. Several of our member […]

The Bow River – A River Recreation Plan is Needed

  A year ago the  AEP-CRUA Joint Technical Liaison Group was convened to address our concerns about the impact of the Bow River water management policy on a declining trout population. We believe the group discussions and outcome have been successful, with a better understanding of the many variables that impact the scope of our […]

Bow River Reservoir Options – A Rethink is Needed

BOW RIVER RESERVOIR OPTIONS The original Bow Basin Water Management Objectives were limited to water management to reduce the risk of flooding to the City of Calgary and ease drought concerns in Alberta irrigation districts. Although it is understood that environmental concerns were asked to be included in the objective, little to no consideration was […]

Bow River Trout Population Decline – What Does It Mean

The Bow River trout fishery has been under pressure in recent years. The ever increasing demand for outdoor recreational pursuits, environmental changes, and degradation of aquatic and riparian habitat has contributed significantly to trout population declines. The Bow River fish population has been monitored  for more than 30 years, and up until 2003, the fishery […]

Bow River Access Upgrades Needed.

  The Bow River, in and downstream of Calgary is not readily accessible for recreational river use due to considerable private ownership of the adjacent land. The City of Calgary’s River Access Strategy  (CRAS) and the Government of Alberta’s Bow River Access Plan (BRAP) have addressed these concerns with commitments to improve existing river access […]