Blindman River Restoration Project

Services: Management, Restoration, Riparian

Goals of the Project
The goals of the project are to re-establish vegetative cover, modify past agricultural practices, and enhance water management in the riparian areas along the Blindman River. These goals are in place to:

  • Mitigate drought, flooding, and water quality concerns
  • Create and enhance wildlife habitat
  • Allow for various land-use activities (e.g. grazing, recreation) to be continued in a sustainable manner


Project Activities
With the help of our partners, landowners, staff, and volunteers, activities will include:

  • Riparian Area assessment for the entire Blindman River sub-basin
  • Riparian Health Inventories to identify status of riparian zones
  • Grazing plans to provide alternative management options for landowners who use Blindman for water supply
  • Planting native trees and shrubs along the banks and riparian zones of the river
  • Promotion of and development of a stewardship group for the Blindman River sub-basin


Start date: 2018
End date: 2021
Funder(s): Alberta Environment and Parks-Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program, and private funding.

Articles in the news about the project:

Lacombe Express – Blindman River restoration work underway by Sheldon Spackman

Red Deer News –  Blindman River in need of restoration to improve water quality by Todd Vaughn