Integrated Watershed Management Plan


A healthy Beaver River watershed for the future.


The Integrated Watershed Management Plan incorporates environmental, social and economic factors for a healthy watershed.

A healthy watershed supports interdependent human, animal, and ecosystem (aquatic and terrestrial) health:

  • Human health involves individual and community physical, mental and social well-being, including the ability to express one’s culture.
  • Domestic and production animal health involves physical and psychological well-being that supports productivity, reproduction, and expressions of innate characteristics.
  • Wildlife health involves resiliency under changing environmental conditions and the ability to sustain their ecological, social, and cultural roles.
  • Ecosystem health involves, the ability to maintain and improve organizational structure and function, resilience under stress, and to continuously provide quality ecosystem services.

Voice Your View

LICA believes a collaborative approach to IWMP development and incorporation of diverse viewpoints is essential to ensure the Plan is relevant, accurate, and implementable. Consequently, LICA is providing several opportunities for stakeholders and Indigenous communities to provide input.

Engagement Session 1

Engagement Session 1 was held in April and May 2021 and focused on the review of:

  • Intent and scope of the Beaver River IWMP
  • Watershed condition, key issues and opportunities for watershed management
  • Roles and responsibilities

A summary of Engagement Session 1 feedback will be available in late Fall 2021.

Engagement Session 2

Engagement Session 2 will be held in early Winter 2022 and will focus on:

  • Targets
  • Thresholds
  • Early recommendations



Beaver River IWMP Terms of Reference (TOR)

This document will direct the development of the IWMP. It will be used to create a common understanding among LICA, the IWMP Committee, stakeholders, First Nations, and the Métis regarding the purpose, intent and scope of work that will be undertaken as part of the planning process. The TOR includes:

  • Background information pertaining to previous planning initiatives
  • Description of the planning area and issues
  • IWMP goals, objectives and outcomes
  • Roles and responsibilities of those involved in the management and stewardship of the watershed
  • Work schedule to track project milestones.

Summary: Draft Terms of Reference

This document is a summary of the above Beaver River IWMP Draft Terms of Reference document.

Additional Resources

2013 State of the Watershed Report : This document was created to support the IWMP since understanding the state of the watershed and how it has changed over time is essential information to inform IWMP development. The document includes the state of the watershed as of 2013, existing and potential factors that may affect watershed health, and knowledge gaps that limit the decision-making needed to secure a healthy future. Changes in the state of the watershed since 2013 will be reflected in the IWMP report.

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IWMP Committee

LICA established an IWMP Committee to help oversee Plan development. The IWMP Committee is a standing committee of LICA which reports to the LICA Board for approval. The 2020-2021 Committee has representation from the following stakeholder and Indigenous communities in the Beaver River Watershed:

  • Environmental Organizations
    • Moose Lake Watershed Society
    • Muriel Lake Basin Management Society
  • First Nations
    • Beaver Lake Cree Nation
    • Cold Lake First Nations
  • General Public
  • Governments
    • Federal
      • Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake
    • Municipal
      • City of Cold Lake
      • Lac La Biche County
      • Municipal District of Bonnyville
      • Town of Bonnyville
    • Provincial
      • Alberta Energy Regulator
      • Alberta Environment and Parks
  • Industry
    • Agriculture
    • Oil and Gas
      • Canadian Natural Resources
      • Husky Energy
  • Métis Nation of Alberta Region 2
  • Métis Settlements
    • Fishing Lake Métis Settlement
    • Kikino Métis Settlement
  • Scientific and Academic Organizations
    • Portage College
  • Youth