The federal government has pledged billions of dollars to create a series of national urban parks from coast to coast, and Edmonton is interested in learning more.
I'm personally in support of this as a concept, but obviously I can't give a definitive opinion until more details emerge. But if we can protect the river valley from Devon to Fort Saskatchewan while allowing public realm improvements like Touch the Water, then I think it would be well worth the federal investments, branding, etc. Having an urban national park right here in the city and surrounding region could be a large boon for tourism.The federal government has pledged billions of dollars to create a series of national urban parks from coast to coast, and Edmonton is interested in learning more.globalnews.ca
"As the North Saskatchewan River is less than 2% glacier-fed, it doesn’t share the same risk of diminishing supply."In much of Alberta, climate change threatens to make water a scarce resource. But for Edmonton's water supply, the main concerns will come from having too much rather than not enough.edmonton.taproot.news
I think most of it is fed by snow melt and rainfall runoff, both of which aren't directly affected by receding glaciers. I didn't know glacier melt made up only 2% though, thanks for the info!"As the North Saskatchewan River is less than 2% glacier-fed, it doesn’t share the same risk of diminishing supply."
That's (good) news to me, I always thought it was a predominantly glacier-fed river. I'll breathe a bit easier now!
North America's longest river valley trail has a new name.
The Amisko Wacîw Mêskanaw, or Beaver Hill Road, winds for more than 100 kilometres, crossing 8,000 hectares of parkland and connecting six municipalities along the North Saskatchewan River.
Linking Parkland County, Edmonton, Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan and Sturgeon County, the trail runs through Treaty 6 territory and the Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4.