Water & Watershed Management

AWA Letter on Bow Basin Water Management Options

Alberta Environment and Parks has been gathering input on Bow Basin Water Management Options. The Alberta Wilderness Association has published its response on their website. From their letter:

AWA believes that the primary strategy for flood mitigation for Calgary and surrounding communities should not be on-stream dam infrastructure, but rather upstream land use improvements, and strictly limiting the future establishment of commercial, industrial, residential developments within the floodplain of the Bow River. This project has gained considerable momentum without adequate scrutiny of environmental impacts or of alternatives to on-stream dams. AWA strongly believes that all three options must be vetted thoroughly for potential negative ecological effects. While we support none of the projects, we believe that the Ghost dam option is potentially the least harmful. Read more about AWA Letter on Bow Basin Water Management Options

Call for Delegate: Aquatics & Surface Water Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

Initiative: 
Aquatics & Surface Water Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee
Position: 
ENGO Member
Application Deadline: 
8 Nov 2019

In December 2017, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that renewed each Government’s commitment to monitoring environmental impacts of oil sands development through the Oil Sands Monitoring Program (OSMP). The MOU established the mutual intentions of both governments to continue to collaborate and be accountable for the design and implementation of an integrated monitoring, evaluation and reporting system. It also confirmed the joint commitment to revise and establish, in cooperation with Indigenous Communities in the oil sands region, effective mechanisms for Indigenous participation in the design, implementation and governance of the monitoring system. This includes development of a comprehensive, ongoing agreement (the Operational Framework Agreement, finalized September 21, 2018) that defines the governance and implementation model to guide the decision-making structure and processes, roles and responsibilities, and the monitoring, research mandate, and objectives of the OSMP. Read more about Call for Delegate: Aquatics & Surface Water Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

AWA After Hours: Watersheds, Wine & Cheese

Oct 25 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

From the Alberta Wilderness Association:

Our fall After Hours series, Watersheds, Wine & Cheese will sell out quickly! This evening event combines wine tasting and watersheds – journeying from the major watersheds of Alberta to the wine-producing valleys of New Zealand. You will learn about water and wine and have a great evening with us contemplating fine tastes and the care our watersheds need. Read more about AWA After Hours: Watersheds, Wine & Cheese

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Stream Rehabilitation Training

Nov 17 2019 (All day)
Nov 18 2019 (All day)

In partnership with Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC), the City of Calgary will be offering the Stream Rehabilitation Training Program begining fall 2019. The workshops provide up-to-date information on the science and best practices of rehabilitating stream ecosystems and their watersheds. The course demonstrates how we integrate disciplines through a systems approach, by providing students with an understanding of watershed and stream dynamics, assessment and monitoring, rehabilitation planning and implementation. This course will provide a great education for anyone interested in on the ground restoration including conservationists, stewardship groups, students, researchers, and professionals. Read more about Stream Rehabilitation Training

Location

Calgary , AB

Fortress Ski Hill Should Not Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Fortress Mountain ski hill is proposing to remove 50 million liters per year of water flowing into Kananaskis’ Galatea Creek and truck it to a Calgary water bottling facility. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) strongly opposes this water use and calls on Fortress ski hill to withdraw its proposal. Read more about Fortress Ski Hill Should Not Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision on Wood Buffalo National Park is a warning to Canada

Indigenous and environmental groups fear for the future of Wood Buffalo National Park as the UNESCO World Heritage Committee echoes warnings of unresolved threats

On July 3, 2019, representatives from around the world gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 43rd World Heritage Committee meeting and discussed the fate of Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada’s largest national park. The World Heritage Committee called upon Canada to take further actions and warned that if Canada fails to address the threats facing the Park, it could be placed on the List of World Heritage Site in Danger.  Read more about UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision on Wood Buffalo National Park is a warning to Canada

NSWA Annual General Meeting

Jun 19 2019 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Join the NSWA for their 2019 Annual General Meeting. You will hear updates on their work and progress over the past year. Voting for open positions on the NSWA Board will take place. Lunch is provided!

Register Read more about NSWA Annual General Meeting

Location

Old Timers Cabin
9430 Scona Road NW
Edmonton , AB

Summer Job Opportunity: Watershed Outreach Assistant, NSWA

Position: 
Watershed Outreach Assistant
Application Deadline: 
11 Mar 2019
Location: 
Edmonton

Duration: May to August 2019
Salary: $18 -$21/hour depending on experience

Are you an enthusiastic, post-secondary student?
Are you interested in watershed-related environmental issues? 
Do you work well independently, as well as part of a team?

We need you to help to bring watershed information to people who live, work and play in the North Saskatchewan River basin in Alberta.

Job description & application instructions Read more about Summer Job Opportunity: Watershed Outreach Assistant, NSWA

Job Opportunity: Riparian Resource Analyst, Cows and Fish

Position: 
Riparian Resource Analyst
Application Deadline: 
25 Feb 2019
Location: 
Lethbridge

Cows and Fish is looking to fill two Riparian Resource Analyst positions, to collect and interpret riparian health inventory data. You will be part of a team collecting vegetative and physical baseline information of riparian function on various streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands across Alberta. Inventory data collected will assist local communities and our organization to address riparian land management issues throughout the province. Read more about Job Opportunity: Riparian Resource Analyst, Cows and Fish

Job Opportunity: Riparian Range Specialist, Cows and Fish

Position: 
Riparian Range Specialist
Application Deadline: 
24 Feb 2019
Location: 
Lethbridge

Cows and Fish is looking to fill a 1-year term position, based in southern Alberta. As part of the Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society-“Cows and Fish”, a self directed and motivated person will provide provincial and regional support to stewardship groups, landowners, resource agencies and Cows and Fish staff through expertise in riparian ecology, management and range science. You will coordinate and implement community based and riparian health activities primarily in southern Alberta (Foothills and Grasslands Natural Regions) focusing on areas with wildlife species at risk.

Please download the Riparian Range Specialist job advertisement and details for more information. Read more about Job Opportunity: Riparian Range Specialist, Cows and Fish

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