Monitoring Bragg Creek's Water

See results of sampling between April and September 2005 through 2011

Get the Water Quality data collected in a spreadsheet file (for data analysis).

Citizen Science

How to conduct a water test.

Read about the different tests used to monitor the quality of the creek. View a video that gives an overview of a typical test, showing some of the tools and techniques used. You will also learn why the tests are important and what they tell us about our creek.

View the video on YouTube


Monitoring Bragg Creek's Water: Volunteers Needed

alec cameron

Budding scientists, Alec and Cameron lend a hand to test the creek near the West Bragg Creek day use area in 2006.

Environmental pressures on Bragg Creek continue to grow as our population expands, global climate change accelerates, and clearcut logging looms closer upstream of us. Long-term monitoring of instream water quality is one way to assess the collective environmental impacts of these and other factors. But who will do the monitoring? We can!

Are you interested in participating in a long-term "citizen science" project that provides your community with important data about water quality? Do you need an excuse to don boots and shamelessly cavort in the creek? Are you interested in detecting environmental impacts? Then come out and help us take the creek's "pulse"!


The test kit includes equipment to determine the amount of nitrates, chloride and phosphates in the creek.

This spring and summer, teams of volunteers will again be monitoring water quality and quantity in Bragg Creek (the stream, not the hamlet). We'll examine the creek on public land at six places, ranging from the Kananaskis Boundary, upstream of all homes, to near the creek's termination at the Elbow River. We'll monitor five times, spaced monthly through the spring and summer. A goal of the project is to provide the community with quantitative and reliable data on important measures of water quality (particularly stream flow, temperature, pH, turbidity, nitrates, phosphorus, and chloride). Using these data, we can evaluate the current condition of the creek's instream flows, and, equally importantly, establish a baseline against which to measure any long-term changes in water quality.

This initiative continues and extends the "citizen science" creek monitoring project that has run in the summers of 2005, 2006, and 2007, the data for which are posted on:

measure the water height test water sample

Peta measures the height of the water in Bragg Creek, then conducts several tests on a sample of the creek water..

We will first meet at Elkana Ranch, in the Hamlet of Bragg Creek (near the creek's mouth) on Saturday 19 April, 2008 at 1 pm. At this time, we will divide into groups, go over the various stream monitoring protocols, and plan for the sampling season. The meeting should take less than 2 hours. Please join us! The time commitment is roughly one 2h period, once monthly, for 5 months (May to September).

This Bragg Creek Environmental Coalition project got off the ground with help from the Elbow River Watershed Partnership (, with equipment funding from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the City of Calgary. Elkana Ranch is located in the Hamlet, on the North side of the Elbow River. To get there, take the road heading West just South of the green bridge that crosses Bragg Creek on Bracken Road. For more information, please contact Ralph Cartar, at 949-3307.

water sample sites