Past News and Events

  • Event Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
    Location: Rundle's Mission, Pigeon Lake

    Re-storying Relationships Among First Nations People, All Other People, and the Battle River Watershed

    Join us with your stories, your open heart, your love of land, water and all creatures, your willingness to learn, and your desire to be part of the possibility of a collective emerging re-story of our relationships together.

    Together, we will share our stories about the land, water and us; uncover our history and experience; explore our interactions and connections; and move forward into new stories and relationships.

    See the event poster for more details!


  • Event Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012
    Location: Augustana Campus, U of A, Camrose

    Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is a controversial natural gas extraction process. Despite moratoriums in New York state, Europe and Quebec, the process continues, largely unexamined, in Alberta.

    Jessica Ernst is an Alberta scientist with over 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry. In 2011, she launched a lawsuit against Encana and the Alberta government after her groundwater became contaminated. An international award recipient and speaker on the issue, we are pleased to welcome her to the Augustana campus.

    See information on presentation locations and times here.

  • Event Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
    Location: Forestburg, Alberta
    Workshop presentations:
    BRWA Programs and Projects (Hugh Sanders, BRWA Board Chair)
    *Large file. May take several minutes to download.
    Community Workshops: What We Heard (Sarah Skinner, BRWA Watershed Planning Coordinator)
    *Large File. May take several minutes to download.
    Water, Drought and Climate Change (Dave Sauchyn, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, University of Regina)
    BRWA Policy Research and Drought (Susanna Bruneau, BRWA Policy Research Coordinator)

    How do we keep our communities and economy strong in times of drought?
    How do we create a Battle River that you would actually want to swim in?
    How do we protect the beauty and health of the place we live?
    Thanks to all who attended the Battle River Watershed Alliance's Drought and Watershed Management workshop, held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 (10:00am-3:00pm) in Forestburg (at the Forestburg Community Centre).
    This workshop provided an opportunity for watershed residents, stakeholders and municipalities to:
    • Tell us what the most pressing issues are in your region;
    • Learn more about the BRWA's work over the last year related to drought in our watersheds; and
    • Hear from an expert in climate change research, David Sauchyn.

  • Event Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
    Location: Ponoka County Office, Ponoka Alberta

    Clean Water. Well Protected.

    Working Well offers province-wide, hands-on workshops for well owners to learn the basics of groundwater, well construction, common well problems, contamination risks, importance of well reclamation and best management practices.

    About Us
    Private water well owners in Alberta are responsible for managing and maintaining their water wells. The Working Well program provides well owners with the information and tools they need to properly care for their wells.

    Learn more about the Working Well program.

    Bev Bragg
    P 403-783-3336

  • Event Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Wetland Course – Spring Session 2012


    Aquality Environmental Consulting Ltd. is pleased to offer Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy, a course aimed at a variety of stakeholders, municipal and provincial government departments. The course is arranged in topical modules consisting of both theoretical and practical components.

    We currently have two course dates scheduled:


    • February 22nd - 23rd - Edmonton
    • Feburary 29th - March 1st - Calgary

    In-house training sessions are available for groups of 5 or more in the Capital region and 10-20 outside of the Capital region. Each course registrant must provide a complete registration form.

    For more information or to register for the course, please contact us at: or visit our website at


    Course Description

    Day 1 - Wetland Theory, Classification, and Policies (all day)

    Part 1: Wetland Classification and Functions

    This course will address the Stewart and Kantrud and Canadian Wetland Classification Systems and how they are applied to wetlands in Alberta. The roles of wetlands are addressed, including flood attenuation, water quality and quantity modulation, climate impacts, biodiversity and stormwater management. This course is the quintessential primer of wetland ecology.

    Part 2: Policies Affecting Wetlands in Alberta

    This course will address federal, provincial and municipal policies affecting wetlands in Alberta, including Water for Life, the proposed Alberta Wetland Policy slated for release in 2010, the provincial Land Use Framework, USEPA vs. Canadian wetland policies and regulations regarding wetland loss and mitigation. In addition, economic valuation of wetlands will be addressed at the provincial scale.

    Day 2 - Applied Wetland and Riparian Skills (half day, requires the above as a prerequisite)

    For in-house sessions, Aquality offers customized half-day training courses with applied skills in wetland and riparian areas.

    Option I: Wetland Airphoto Interpretation

    Alberta has a detailed airphoto inventory of the province dating back to 1949. This hands-on module will teach you how to identify, delineate, and classify wetlands in the landscape using black/white airphotos. Time-series analyses will allow you to examine the same wetland complex over time to gain an appreciation of their dynamic nature in relation to environmental factors. This module can be especially useful for municipalities seeking to develop their own wetland management policies, as a demonstration of the distribution and abundance of wetlands on the landscape.

    Option II: Environmental Reserves and Riparian Setbacks

    Riparian areas are highly diverse ecosystems that serve as key habitat for wildlife and birds, and are critical in protecting and preserving healthy aquatic ecosystems. To assist municipalities and other shoreline managers in protecting these areas, Aquality has developed the Riparian Setback Matrix Model, which is a scientifically-defensible model for determining riparian Setbacks. This module introduces the scientific theory, policies, and legislation behind the model. Registrants will apply the model in the field at a demonstration site, and establish their own setback points necessary to protect healthy aquatic ecosystems and wildlife habitats.

  • Event Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
    Location: Camrose. Cathel Books, Public Library

    Join us in celebrating the magic and beauty of winter in the Battle River Country!



    12 Noon– Cathel Books (5017-50 St. Camrose),  
    Bring your lunch and enjoy an hour with ALL of us.  
    Stan Spence will present stories and poetry on themes of family, teachers,  country creatures and oilfield experiences in Battle River Country, Chauvin area.

    Tea, coffee & juices available.


    7:00 pm– Camrose Public Library (4710-50 Ave. Camrose)
    A life-wide evening of winter art, video, photography, local musicians, and poetry, with special activities for children.  Enjoy winter treats of hot chocolate, bread pudding and more.  Alberta poet, Diane Buchanan, will present from her published works.

    Bring your own “Things found in Winter”  to display in a
    Beautiful Winter art exhibition. From nature or from your home bring something that represents winter to you.
    Prizes for best entries will be awarded.  

    If possible, RSVP by Thursday, January 19 to
    Battle River Watershed Alliance: 780/672-0276 or ALL of Alberta: 780/672-9315.


    Brought to you by:

     · ALL of Alberta (Association for Life-Wide Living) Inspiring creativity for health through our  landscape, our communities and the arts ...

    · Battle River Rural Health Network

    · Cathel Books  - Noon venue, 12 pm

    · Camrose Public Library - Evening venue, 7pm

    ·Battle River Watershed Alliance We’re all part of the watershed; lets all work in ways that sustain the ecological, social, and economic health of the connected communities.

  • Event Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    It’s your watershed. What do you want it to look like?

    The Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) is proud to announce the completion of its “State of the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds Report 2011”. This summary report provides an overview of the current ecological, social and economic conditions in our watersheds. For a paper copy of the report, please contact us. A PDF version of the report can be downloaded from our State of the Watershed Webpage.

    With the launch of this report, the BRWA is hosting community workshops across the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds. The same information will be provided at each workshop, so you can attend the workshop that works best for you.

    The purpose of these workshops is to share information from the “State of” report and hear from watershed residents and stakeholders on the issues and opportunities facing our watersheds. These discussions will help inform our decisions as we move forward in planning how to best manage our watersheds.

    Are you interested in learning more about the state of your watershed? Want to share your perspective on watershed issues? Join us for one of these community workshops.

    Lacombe: Nov. 1, 1:00-4:00pm, Lacombe Memorial Centre

    Ponoka: Nov. 1, 7:00-9:30pm, Kinsmen Community Centre

    Camrose: Nov. 3, 7:00-9:30pm, Stoney Creek Centre

    Hardisty: Nov 15, 1:00-4:00pm, Royal Canadian Legion Hall

    Killam: Nov. 15, 7:00-9:30pm, Killam Senior’s Centre

    Stettler: Nov. 17, 1:00-4:00pm, Agriplex

    Provost: Nov. 22, 1:00-4:00pm, Community Centre (Room B)

    Wainwright: Nov. 22, 7:00-9:30pm, Communiplex (Hall 2)

    Wetaskiwin: Nov. 24, 7:00-9:30pm, Prairie Breeze Inn

    Consort: Nov. 28, 1:00-4:00pm, Sportex (Community Hall)

    Coronation: Nov. 28, 7:00-9:30pm, Coronation Recreation Centre

    Plan to attend! All workshops are free; however, pre-registration is appreciated. Register now (see contact info below) and receive a free BRWA rain gauge!

    For more information or to register, contact Sarah Skinner, the BRWA Watershed Planning Coordinator, by phone at (780) 672-0276 or by email at We look forward to hearing from you.

    If you or your organization are unable to attend any of these meetings, but would like to learn more about our watersheds and share your perspective on watershed issues, we would love to talk with you! Please contact us.

  • Event Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011
    Location: Sanctum Retreat Centre

    The Battle River Watershed Alliance is honoured to be of the chosen 9 of 19 applicants to be accepted to attend the Cenovus Environmental Education Leadership Clinic! 

    2 staff and 2 board members will be working with experts in Environmental Education to develop our educational programs that will be used to engage all members of the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds in taking action to help our watershed. 

    For more information on the clinic, please visit the Alberta Council for Environmental Education at

  • Event Date: Friday, October 21, 2011
    Location: Ponoka Alberta, along the Battle River


    On a beautiful day in October students from St. Augustine school came to the Battle River to help plant trees.  The event was made possible by Courtney and Rhyliegh, grade 8 students at St. Augustine who were finalists in the 2011 Caring for our Watershed contest. 

    At the final competition, the girls showed a video of the Battle River and the lack of trees along the shore line. Their idea was plant trees to help prevent erosion.  Over the summer with help from Courtney’s father, the girls received sponsorship from Trees Canada and Home Hardware for 30 trees to plant! 

    About 20 students (all girls!) came out to help plant the trees.  For pictures please visit our Facebook page at

    The Caring for our Watersheds Program is proud to support our students in implementing their projects.  Funding is available for all students who are interested in implementation. 

  • Event Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
    Location: Slave Lake, Alberta

    October 12th - 14th – WPAC Summit in Slave Lake at the Sawridge Inn and Convention Centre.

    This summit is for everyone working for watershed protection in Alberta.  All of the Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils will be coming together to report on successes, learn from mistakes and to carry our work forward. 

    For more information contact Meghan Payne at or phone: (780) 523-9800.



Rolling Down the River EventWolf Creek WMP Meeting