Watershed Evaluation of Beneficial Management Practices

This program ended on March 31, 2013. Information is for consultation purposes only.

The Watershed Evaluation of Beneficial Management Practices (WEBs) program was a successful nine-year Government of Canada initiative to determine the economic and water quality impacts of selected agricultural beneficial management practices (BMPs) at nine watershed sites across Canada.

WEBs was launched in 2004 with Ducks Unlimited Canada as a major funding partner. Over 70 other government, academic and local watershed conservation groups were also partners in the program. WEBs was designed to enhance land-use decision making at the farm and landscape levels.

Prior to WEBs, the costs and environmental benefits of BMPs were seldom measured beyond small plot and field experiments. By assessing BMPs at the watershed scale, researchers were able to get a clearer picture of their performance by evaluating the combined effects of soils, topography, local climate and land use. To make the findings applicable to the agricultural landscape, WEBs studies were conducted on working farms where operational realities were taken into consideration in designing and conducting BMP experiments. Read more about the Watershed Evaluation of Beneficial Management Practices approach.

Select a WEBs watershed below:

Map showing Watershed Evaluation of Beneficial Management Practices Watershed locations across Canada. Select an area for more information on that area. British Columbia; Salmon RiverAlberta; Lower Little Bow RiverSaskatchewan; Pipestone CreekManitoba; South Tobacco Creek/StepplerOntario; South NationQuebec; Bras d'Henri FourchetteNew Brunswick; Black BrookNova Scotia; Thomas BrookPrince Edward Island; Souris River
Description - Map showing WEBs Watershed locations across Canada

This image is of a map of Canada showing the locations of all nine WEBs watersheds across Canada. By selecting a province that has a WEBs project, the respective watershed description can be viewed. The Salmon River Watershed in British Columbia is located in the south-central part of the province. The Lower Little Bow River Watershed is located in southern Alberta. The Pipestone Creek Watershed is located in south-eastern Saskatchewan. The South Tobacco Creek/Steppler Watershed is located in Southern Manitoba. The South Nation Watershed is sited in eastern Ontario. The Bras d'Henri and Fourchette Watersheds are located in southern part of the province of Quebec. The Black Brook Watershed is in north-western New Brunswick. The Thomas Brook Watershed is located in western Nova Scotia. The Souris River Watershed is located in eastern Prince Edward Island.

Contact Information

For more information on the WEBs program, you can reach us at webs@agr.gc.ca.

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