Past News and Events

  • Event Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
    Location: Forestburg, AB
     

    On March 4, the BRWA hosted a public engagement meeting in Forestburg to discuss management of riparian areas and wetlands in the Battle River and Sounding Creek watersheds. About 30 people came to join the conversation on the proposed implementation guidelines for both riparian areas and wetlands.

    In addition to roundtable discussions, the group had the opportunity to hear from two wetland specialists.

    Dr. Shari Clare, a researcher with the University of Alberta’s Alberta Living Laboratory Project, spoke about their pilot project using reverse auctions to help restore wetlands in southern Alberta. The buyer, the agency that is going to pay for the restoration, solicits offers from landowners for how it would cost to restore wetlands on their property. The offers are compared and selected based on environmental service dimension until the budget is reached. Though these ae only beginning to appear in Canada, Australia have been using this tool for a long time for restore other habitat.

    Dr. Masaki Hayashi from the University of Calgary, spoke about the hydrology of prairie wetlands, and implication for management and conservation initiatives. Dr. Hayashi described how many of our pothole wetlands feed into the shallow aquifers that maintain the water table. All our wetlands have differing hydroperiods, or the amount of time that water is in wetlands. Maintaining this diversity in wetlands is important for maintain biodiversity in our watershed.

     

    Our actions on the land, whether in urban areas or on the rural landscape, can impact the amount and quality of water in our wetlands. In order to manage wetlands, we need to understand how our actions may impact them. For more information about wetlands in the BR & SC watersheds, please contact Susanna Bruneau at susanna@battleriverwatershed.ca or call 780-672-0276
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    All watershed residents, stakeholders and decision-makers are invited to this free upcoming event the Battle River Watershed Alliance is hosting about wetland and riparian area management. Please feel free to extend this invitation to your friends, family and colleagues.
     
    When: Friday, March 4, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (with a free lunch provided)
    Where: Forestburg Multi-Use Arena (4101 - 49 St.)

    Join us to share your thoughts on how we can work together to manage our wetlands and riparian areas, discuss the BRWA's draft management recommendations, and learn from our guest speakers.
     

    Please register by February 25 to secure your free lunch. 
    To register, call 780-672-0276 or email Susanna atsusanna@battleriverwatershed.ca.
  • Event Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016
    Location: Calgary, AB

    Alberta Ecotrust Presents the 1st annual environmental gathering: Change the Climate

    Let’s change the way we work together. There are more than 200 environment and sustainability related organizations in Alberta and they are incredibly diverse. From ensuring safe and available water, to preserving and restoring valuable land and habitat, to building a sustainable future, Albertans across the province are continually working to protect the ecosystems that provide all of us with life and prosperity. As a champion for the environment in Alberta, we invite you to join us over three days in February to explore new opportunities to work together as a community and across boundaries.

    The environmental challenges we face in Alberta are complex. We share your sense of urgency. We believe that to amplify our collective impact we need to come together to connect meaningfully, find common ground, share resources, align our objectives and plan wisely. Rather than a “stand alone” conference, this Environmental Gathering will be an opportunity to determine how we will work together as a community moving forward.

    Early bird registration ends January 15th! The first 100 registrants for the Environmental Gathering will receive a complementary copy of Dr. David Boyd’s newest book, The Optimistic Environmentalist: Progressing Towards a Greener Future.

    More details can be found on their website at: http://albertaecotrust.com/gathering2016/

  • Event Date: Monday, February 15, 2016
    Location: Across Alberta

    No permit is required for fishing on this Family Day weekend. Go out and "catch a memory"! 

    Fishing is an easy and enjoyable way for family and friends to connect with some of Alberta’s greatest natural resources – our lakes, rivers, streams and the fish that live in them.

    Family Fishing Weekends, no licence required, occurs twice a year. Albertans and visitors are invited to give fishing a try on water bodies with open fishing seasons (not in national parks). Keep in mind that fishing regulations still apply.

    More details at: http://mywildalberta.com/fishing/familyfishingweekends.aspx

  • Event Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
    Location: Mulhurst Bay, AB

    We all live in a watershed, we are all connected!

    "In Alberta, our quality of life and life itself depends on having a healthy and sustainable water supply for the environment, our communities and for our economic well-being." Water for Life: A Renewal, 2008, Government of Alberta

    Workshop participants will leave with a better understanding of:
    - What a watershed is
    Provincial approaches - Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils
    - Local water quality initiatives 

    Speakers include Sarah Skinner from the Battle River Watershed Alliance and the Pigeon Lake Watershed Alliance. 

    Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
    Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
    Location: Mulhurst Bay (location to be finalized) 

    For more information or to register, please contact Kim Barkwell, Leduc and Wetaskiwin County Sustainable Agriculture Program Manager, at 780-387-6182 or email her at kbarkwell@county.wetaskiwin.ab.ca or kimb@leduc-county.com.

  • Event Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
    Location: Everywhere

    Celebrate a wetland and all they do today, and everyday!

    Here is a great video done by Ducks Unlimited about wetlands and biodiversity:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnlN-Dpq7Fs

  • Event Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
    Location: Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

    Celebrate World Snow Day 2016! Come out to Miquelon Lake Provincial Park for an afternoon of FREE family festivities! Guided snowshoe hikes (free snowshoe rentals), geocaching treasure hunt, winter crafts, broomball, snow ice cream, hot chocolate and s’mores around the campfire, and more! Bring your own skates for the rink or skis along for 18 kms of groomed trails!

    When: Sunday January 17th
    Where: Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
    Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
    Cost: FREE
    Bring: Dress for the weather; skates/skis Kids: Bring a clean jar and a small toy to make a snow globe!
    Please call (780) 672-7274 for more information. 

     

  • Event Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
    Location: Camrose

    The 2015 Bike Trip has been cancelled due to low registration. 

    We hope to offer this again next year!

     

     

  • Event Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
    Location: Killam Senior Centre. Killam Alberta.

    Join the Battle River Watershed Alliance at our
    Annual General Meeting
    and Community Information event

    June 18th, 2015.
    Killam Seniors Centre, Killam Alberta.
    10:00am- 3:00pm

    Morning: Business Meeting including:

    -BRWA Board Report

    -Management Report to the community of activities and upcoming work plan

    -Financial Report

    -Proposed budget of 2015/2016 year

    -Nomination of Directors


     

    Lunch: Please RSVP in order to be served your free local lunch!

     

    Afternoon:  Specialist Guest Speakers on Aquatic Invasive Species and Wetland Conservation. 

     

     

    Details are listed in poster below.

     

  • Event Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
    Location: Across Alberta and the Battle River Watershed

    Clean Water. Well Protected.

    The Working Well program has information resources available free of charge for water well owners and others interested in learning and promoting how to protect and maintain water wells.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.

    Workshops

    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.

    Battle River/ Sounding Creek Workshops:

    Donalda, Stettler County. April 15th 2015. Contact Mark Millang, (780) 672-7273 or email mmillang@county.camrose.ab.ca
    Buffalo Lake, Camrose County. June 11th, 2015.  Contact Mark Millang, (780) 672-7273 or email mmillang@county.camrose.ab.ca

    Workshops are offered by request; contact us to request a workshop.

    For more info on the Working Well program please visit their website at: esrd.alberta.ca/water/education-guidelines/working-well/default.aspx

    View the entire Winter 2015 Working Well schedule here: http://esrd.alberta.ca/water/education-guidelines/working-well/documents/WorkingWellWorkshopScheduleSpring-Mar2015.pdf

  • Event Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
    Location: Battle River

    On the banks of the Battle River, celebrate the Battle and the watershed with a traditional Cree ceremony.  A ceremonial blessing of the water, potluck lunch, speakers and give-away are planned. We will also be hosting a canoe trip on Friday June 5th. Please contact the BRWA to RSVP and for directions to the site.  This is the final ceremony in a series of four annual events.

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