Past News and Events

  • Event Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
    Location: Across the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds

    The Battle River Watershed Alliance is happy to announce the creation of the Traversing Terrain and Experience; Atlas of the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds to highlight the physical landscape as well as the rich history, beautiful present-day and promising future opportunities of our communities. We are reaching out to you, the residents of our watersheds, to give us your impressions on how you view and interact with the land and people of the area. Stories and histories, poetry, unpublished photographs, or artwork of any kind reflecting your impressions of the area can all be submitted to the BRWA to potentially be used in creating the Atlas. 

    If you feel you have a unique perspective or story and would like to be interviewed for this project, please email otis@battleriverwatershed.ca and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible. We apologize in advance, but it will not be possible to interview all applicants.

    Submit materials before Saturday, November 15, 2014.

     

    Subjects we are interested in collecting your stories and artisitc impressions of inclide (but are not limited to):

    • First Nations and European Exploration
    • The Landscape Today
    • First Nations Today
    • Population Distribution
    • Migration
    • Relief
    • Physiography
    • Geology
    • Mineral Resources
    • Energy Choices
    • Climate
    • Weather
    • Water Resources
    • Soils
    • Agriculture
    • Agricultural Diversity
    • Natural Vegetation
    • Fishing
    • Labour and Economy
    • Transportation
    • Urbanization

    Online submissions of images or text documents can be emailed to otis@battleriverwatershed.ca with the subject ‘Atlas Project Submissions’ with the submission(s) and consent form attached.

    Other submissions can be dropped off in person at the Battle River Watershed Alliance offices in the Gateway Centre, 4825 – 51 Street (second floor) or mailed to

     Battle River Watershed Alliance
    Re: Atlas Project
    Box 16, Gateway Centre
    4825-51 St
    Camrose AB
    T4V 1R9

    Submissions must be received on or before Nov. 15 to be considered for the draw.
    Please submit ALL entries with this consent form (for email entries, please print out, fill out, scan, and attach to the email).
    Contact otis@battleriverwatershed.ca with questions.

  • Event Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
    Location: Augustana University, Camrose AB

    Following “Responsibility for the Land: conversations about fracking in Alberta,” “Spirit of the Land: toward building a community land ethic” and “Caring for All Creation,” the next conference in the conversation is “Respecting the Land: Transition to a New Economy”. The focus will be on practical and local examples of how we respect the land by living within the limits and gifts of the natural and human systems. This includes:

    * how we produce and consume food in a way that cares for the soil, water, and air;
    * how we advance beyond hydrocarbon energy by being efficient with remaining energy stores and transitioning smoothly to emerging alternative energies;
    * how we support our economy by buying locally first;
    * and how we nurture our human systems by creating vibrant, mixed-use, healthy communities.

    A central feature of this conference will be round table discussions with more than 16 local experts in sustainable food production, energy efficiency, local business, and community development.

    The transition to a new economy, which takes the limits and gifts of nature seriously and acknowledges climate change and the end of easily accessible hydrocarbon fuels, is a movement already underway. Transition towns are springing up in many parts of the world. Organic food production is on the rise. Alternative energy has become a financially viable option. Cities are distinguishing themselves by promoting public space and community connection.

    While practical, external transitions are necessary; this won’t happen unless there is also an inner, spiritual change in our understanding of what the real wealth of life is. As long as we believe that endless economic growth will lead to happiness, we will not search for ways to reconnect to people, communities, and the land. By placing the care of the natural world, our communities, our families, and our own inner peace at the center of our economic decisions, we will learn to live lightly on the land.

    We invite you to participate in the conference November 7 and 8, 2014. Registration link is AVAILABLE HERE.

    In the meantime, join Augustana students past and present in discussing the issues before the conference by subscribing to our blog. If you would like to become a contributor, please contact Leslie Lindballe.

  • Event Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    Location: Saskatoon, SK.

    The theme of the conference is the "Long term threats to the Saskatchewan River Basin". www.skriverthreats.com

    This October, dozens of water professionals will gather in Saskatoon to discuss the long term threats to the Saskatchewan River Basin. We hope you will join us! It will be an educational two-day event with many chances to network with colleagues while hearing about exciting new research taking place right here on the Prairies.

  • Event Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Location: Pioneer Cabin, Edmonton

     

    Please join us for this year's WPAC Summit in Edmonton's wonderful North Saskatchewan River valley. The main conference events will be held in the Pioneer Cabin, and group rates on accomodations are offered at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel in downtown Edmonton. The Summit will begin with registration and a meet-and-greet reception in the Chateau Lacombe Lounge from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm on Monday, October 20. After Day 1 of the Summit, we invite you to join us for a cocktail reception at the beautiful Muttart Conservatory from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Day 2 of the Summit will feature a full day of speakers and interactive events, followed by an evening banquet with entertainment and a silent auction. Day 3 will feature a half day of presentations, followed by an afternoon of tours. Tours may include drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and industrial facilities, as well as lake management sites and the River Valley Alliance Capital Region River Valley project.

    When booking, mention that you are with the WPAC Summit in order to receive your discount.

    We look forward to seeing you there!   REGISTER HERE

    AGENDA    

  • Event Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
    Location: Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

    EVENT CANCELLED 

    What better way to experience your watershed than through the stroke of a paintbrush? Artists of all styles and skill levels are invited to join us for an outdoor art experience at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park on Saturday, September 13th. Local artist and instructor Tara Szott will provide demonstrations and guidance, and participants will have an opportunity to spend the afternoon capturing the spirit of Alberta’s changing seasons. 

    The cost of the event is $25, and includes a local Gourmet Lunch. Contact Sheila Logelin at the Battle River Watershed Alliance to register (phone 780.672.0276 email: sheila@battleriverwatershed.ca).

    About Tara:
    As a local Artist and Instructor, Tara finds inspiration in the ever-changing landscape of the prairies. Nature, wildlife, flora and fauna are the main subjects that fill her canvases ranging from traditional realism to modern abstract.  Whether her time is spent in her studio at home, volunteering art demonstrations at long term care facilities and schools or teaching classes to both adults and children, she finds nothing more enjoyable and rewarding.

  • Event Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
    Location: Camrose County Nature Conservation Centre

    We are joining up with Prairie Fun Days this year for our annual watershed festival! Come on out to the Camrose County Nature Conservation Centre on Saturday August 23rd between 10am and 5pm for a day of canoeing,a activities and kids crafts. This is also a great opportunity to see local waterfowl, listen to songbirds, and relax with a peaceful stroll along the water. 

    And to help celebrate our wonderful watershed, we will be supplying Saskatoon pie and ice cream!  

    What is Prairie Fun Days? 

    Explore glorious Camrose County as you never have before during this self-guided driving excursion filled with special events all weekend. Hay Bale Art; hear about local stories as you tour ornate historic churches, museums, corn mazes, remote flying airplanes, and one room school houses.  Enjoy family actiivites, and local market gardens. 

    North Fun Run Saturday August 23
    Sourth Fun Run Sunday August 24

    Tourism Camrose will supply an affordable Prairie Cruiseline bus if you choose not to drive; Seating capacity for each day will be 56 - so book early with Tourism Camrose - 780-672-4255 . 

    For more information visit prairiefundays.com or tourismcamrose.com

  • Event Date: Sunday, July 6, 2014
    Location: Camrose Alberta

    Rolling down the River is an active educational event, working to promote the health of our watershed and its citizens.  Come be part of a movement, and get moving! 

    The "Edberg 80" route will be an 83km loop beginning and ending in Camrose.  See map below. The route is all well paved with shoulders and will take us south on Hwy 56 to Edberg, west on 609 to Hwy 21 and north on Hwy 21 through New Norway and back to Camrose.  

    The BRWA will offer roadside support to cyclists, including a snack stop in Edberg and a BBQ celebration upon the cyclists return to Camrose. 

    If you have questions about this ride, please contact Nathalie Stanley at nathalie@battleriverwatershed.ca or call the office at 780-672-0276.

    To Register for the event, please fill out the Registration Form.

    You may also want to join the Rolling down the River Facebook group

     

     

     

  • Event Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
    Location: Stoney Creek Centre, Camrose

    Are you familiar with these high-flying birds that travel thousands of kilometers to Brazil and back every year?

     

    The Camrose Wildlife and Stewardship Society's Purple Martin Festival will be held on June 22, 2014 (9:30 am to 3 pm) at the Stoney Creek Centre (5320 - 40 Ave., Camrose).  The focus is on Purple Martins, but integrate other birds, wildlife, and environmental concerns. Join them for great bird watching, Purple Martin management tips, nature studies, and more. Activities include a tour of nest boxes around Camrose, a talk by Kim Blomme (wildlife rehabilitation), a talk by the Camrose Camera Club (beauty and diversity of wildlife near Camrose), workshops for beginning and advanced martin landlords, and activities for kids.

     

  • Event Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    Location: Battle Lake

    Hosted by the Association for Life-wide Living (ALL) of Alberta, and lead by naturalist Mike Black, take a hike through the millions of ferns on the south side of Battle Lake, the headwaters of the Battle River. On this longest day of the year the ferns are at the peak of their fragrant season.  Pack your picnic and meet other hikers at Battle Lake campground at 10 am.

     For more information call Jack or Jane Ross at 780/672-9315

     

  • Event Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
    Location: Ferry Point Reach, Kelsey AB

    When thinking of taking a canoe ride, the Battle River may not be the first place that comes to mind. Its long bends switch back and forth so often one would likely get downstream faster simply by walking. However, along our local Ferry Point Reach, from the Edberg Dam southeast to RR 184, the river travels a direct route and offers calm waters, a wide valley and beautiful views. 

    The Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) is hosting a canoe trip down this stretch of river as part of their Ferry Point Reach Riparian Restoration Program. “We want to give back to the community and share a few of the successes and lessons we have learned from the project.” comments Nathalie Stanley, BRWA program coordinator. “We have all been to Ag Open Houses where you visit different sites on ATVs or in trucks; we thought it would be fun to go at it from the perspective of the water.” The canoe trip is open to all local community members interested in seeing the views from the river and learning a bit more about the riparian projects. The trip is planned for the morning of Friday June 20th followed by a BBQ lunch at the campground. Paddlers are welcome to BYOB (bring your own boat) or claim a seat in one the boats the Watershed Alliance will supply. Please call if you plan to attend.

    To date, five riparian restoration projects have been completed, and four more are slated for this summer. The BRWA has enjoyed working with landowners to help fund these riparian restoration projects and thanks the community for their interest, and the project sponsors including the Environmental Damages Fund and Penn West for their support.

    For more information on the Riparian Program, visit the webpage at www.battleriverwatershed.ca/riparian.

    To RSVP for the canoe ride, please contact Nathalie Stanley at the BRWA at 780-672-0276.

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