What is a WPAC

The Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) was created in 2006 as a non-profit society. Shortly after its formation, the BRWA was selected by Alberta Environment, under the Water for Life: Alberta’s Strategy for Sustainability (Government of Alberta 2003), as the designated Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) for the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds within Alberta.   The BRWA appreciates all of the support and funding provided by The Government and Alberta, Environment and Parks since our formation.  

Water for Life: Alberta’s Strategy for Sustainability

Our quality of life and life itself depends on having a healthy and sustainable water supply for the environment, for our communities and for our economic well-being. Water for Life: Alberta’s Strategy for Sustainability has been the vehicle for managing Alberta’s water resources since 2003. (GOA, Water for Life)

Water for life has three main goals:

  • Safe, secure drinking water;
  • Healthy aquatic ecosystems; and
  • Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy.

To help meet these goals, the Government of Alberta identifies three types of partnerships that are integral to achieving stewardship of our water resources:

  • Provincial Water Advisory Council (Alberta Water Council
  • Watershed Planning and Advsiory Councils (WPACS)
  • Watershed Stewardship Groups (Such as thePigeon Lake Watershed Association)

Each of these partnerships have different but compatible roles, and each involves interested Albertans in the planning and implementation of improved water management throughout the province. 

Alberta Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs)

Under the Water for Life Strategy, Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) are stand-alone incorporated societies with a mandate for effective watershed management. Throughout the Water for Life public consultation process, Albertans expressed a strong interest in playing a significant role in managing Alberta’s water resource, and in directly influencing policy and legislation development, tracking and reporting on the condition of watersheds and influencing change within watersheds. To accomplish this, WPACs have been established throughout the province to involve communities and stakeholders in watershed management.

WPACs participate in many activities in their respective watersheds, which include:

  • Report on and raise awareness about the state of the watershed
  • Lead in watershed management planning
  • Develop best management practices
  • Make recommendations to water/land use decision-making authorities
  • Foster stewardship activities and support Watershed Stewardship Groups
  • Educate community members about the watershed
Currently there are eleven WPACs in Alberta. From North to South: 
AB WPACS

  

Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance

Lesser Slave Watershed Council

Athabasca Watershed Council

Beaver River Watershed Alliance

North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance

Battle River Watershed Alliance

Red Deer River Watershed Alliance

Bow River Basin Council

South East Alberta Watershed Alliance

Oldman Watershed Council

For more information on Alberta's WPACs, visit the organizations individual website (listed above), or the Alberta WPACs website
For more information on the Government of Alberta's Water for Life Strategy, visit their WaterforLife webiste.

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