For Than A Century The Foothills And Front Range Mountains Of Western Alberta Have Been Recognized As Vital To The Future Water Supply For Canada S Prairies Virtually All The Water That Sustains Communities, Ecosystems And The Economy Of Prairie Canada Comes From This Narrow Strip Of Land Along The Continental Divide For All Its Importance, However, Water Management Decisions Have Ignored The Land S Health And Focused Almost Exclusively On Building Dams The Result, As The Author Points Out, Is That The Bow River S Annual Flows Have Decreased By Than A Tenth, Even While Spring Floods Become Frequent And Destructive The Solutions To Prairie Canada S Water Challenges Lie In Healing The Wounded Landscapes Of Our Headwaters. Normally a book as beautiful as this one is handicapped by prose so vacuous that it would dislodge the toupee from an unsuspecting reader.This is not the case for Heart Waters it is a magnificent book.It is an effective mixture of lilting prose, science, and a balanced discussion around competing land uses and social values As such, the book would have universal appeal to anyone who is connected to the environment For me,
This book as about the ecology of the headwaters of the Bow River The author has a special affinity with these waters as he fished them with his father while he was growing up Much of the discussion in the book revolves around the fish stocks.To some degree, the book is a celebration of the beauty of the various environments found in this drainage There is good material explaining how the environments work A chapter on the beaver suggests that beaver constructed environments help to limit the effects of flooding Another chapter discusses the hyporheic zone the alluvial gravel surrounding the main body of the river that carries significant water and is a significant ecosystem for small animals.The history of trout stocking in Alberta is one of trout being brought in from other locations to improve sport fishing Unfortunately, the stocked fish have been non native Brook, Rainbow and Brown, rather than the native Cutthroat and Bull Fish stocking had been done from 1903 to the end of the century by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Dominion Parks Service, the Calgary Brewing and Malting Company and t
This is an excellent book on the interconnectedness of all of nature water, plants, trees, animals, etc Told in a personal, easy to read, yet powerful historical account of the evolution of the source water of the bow river He has suggestions as to how we can preserve the wetlands that feed the river and criticisms of how this has been done in the past Also, praise for those who had the foresight to preserve what we have today even though it is struggling and the water flo
Excellent photographs perfectly placed in the text.
- 240 pages
- Heart Waters
- Kevin Van Tighem
- 08 October 2017 Kevin Van Tighem