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Watershed

Nose Creek Basin Map

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Nose Creek originates near the northern boundary of Rocky View County and the Town of Crossfield then flows south through the City of Airdrie joining the Bow River in The City of Calgary near the Calgary Zoo. The watershed drains a gross area of 989 Km2 and an effective area of 743 Km2.

The main stem of Nose Creek is about 65 km long. It has a gross watershed area of 325 km2 and an effective watershed area of 217 Km2.  McPherson Coulee is the most notable of numerous, intermittent streams that feed Nose Creek.

West Nose Creek is its main, permanent tributary and encompasses about 33% of the entire Nose Creek Watershed area. West Nose Creek originates in Rocky View County northwest of Calgary and joins Nose Creek near Deerfoot Trail (Queen Elizabeth II Highway) directly west of the Calgary International Airport.

From its headwaters to the Bow River, Nose Creek passes through agricultural land, channelized urban settings, golf courses, industrial areas and areas of heavy development.

Land use creates many different pressures and cumulative effects that can degrade water quality, harm riparian areas and destroy the natural services healthy watersheds provide to humans and wildlife alike.

The Nose Creek Watershed Partnership promotes change and encourages stewardship of individuals, large landowners and municipalities to help Nose Creek recover from prior alteration.