Yarrow Creek habitat bank

Joint initiative between Shell Oil, DFO, and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development , Fish and Wildlife Division. Yarrow Creek is considered a Class B watercourse by the Alberta Government and contains numerous species of trout as well as mountain whitefish. The habitat in the vicinity is considered high quality for spawning and possibly rearing, additionally, there is a large beaver pond immediately upstream that may provide some over-wintering habitat. Land use in the area that affects the creek is mostly agriculture (cattle) and oil and gas development. Consistent with Provincial fisheries management objectives, DFO and ASRD undertook discussions with Shell Oil to provide for fish passage at the site. Shell decided to remove the culverts and replace the crossing structure with a single, clear span bridge. The culverts were removed and the bridge placed during the nonsensitive period in August of 2004. In an attempt to maintain the scour pool downstream, two v-weirs were placed in the creek to provide additional habitat enhancement. The banked habitat credits are intended to be used within the area of responsibility of the DFO Lethbridge District office but may be used in other places in Alberta at the discretion of the DFO Habitat Manager responsible for the area in question

Bank Statistics

Date Established: 2005 Status: Active Bank Size: 0.0198 hectares
Country: Canada State/Province: Alberta Other Location: Lethbridge
Species/Habitat types: Credits Awarded: Credits Sold:
Program in which the bank operates: No Associated Program
Bank Contact Information:
Bank Regulator Information:

Shane Petry, +1 (403) 394-2926, Shane.Petry@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Data Source:

DFO, Agreement for Habitat Banking Credits for Yarrow Creek Culvert Replacement with a Single Clear-Span Bridge in SW 22-03-30-W4M, Lethbridge, Alberta, 2005.

Last Updated: June 16, 2010