We rely on the headwaters of the Rocky Mountains for 90% of Alberta's drinking water. Fed by rain, snow, and glacier ice, these landscapes absorb, clean, and release our water into streams and river systems — eventually reaching our homes in communities across the province.
Our mountains provide this vital service for free, but Alberta has protected less than half of its headwater landscapes. We can do better.
The goal of Love Your Headwaters is to protect Alberta’s headwaters and the landscapes that provide them.
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ALBERTA's Eastern Slopes
Alberta’s headwaters are found in the mountains and foothills that line the province’s western border. This area is known as the Eastern Slopes.
Our current efforts are focused on the Castle region, which houses the headwaters of the South Saskatchewan River; Kananaskis Country and the Ghost Watershed, which holds the unprotected portion of the Bow River’s headwaters; and the Bighorn region, where most of the North Saskatchewan River originates.
90% of drinking water for Albertans comes from our Eastern Slopes. We have a responsibility to protect this treasured resource.
Threats to Water
When the Eastern Slopes ecosystems are healthy, the landscape works like a sponge: holding, filtering, and carrying water. Activities like logging, off-highway vehicle use, and mining threaten the provision of clean drinking water to Albertans. These major disruptions are happening in all of our project areas. Use the menu to explore what is at stake in these vital places, and sign up to learn what you can do to help.