The Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) was created in November 2006 as a non-profit society. Shortly after its formation, the BRWA was selected by Alberta Environment, under the Water for Life Strategy, as the designated Watershed Planning and Advisory Council for the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds in Alberta. We are a non-governmental organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the land and water in these basins.
Over the past 12-plus years, the BRWA has grown into a well-respected community organization. Our work takes a balanced approach for healthy natural areas, resilient communities, and a stable economy. See a timeline of our work.
To have a watershed that sustains all life by using sound knowledge, wisdom, and wise actions to preserve our watershed for future generations.
We achieve our vision by providing relevant science, social science, policies and education for a diverse community of people to create solutions to our watersheds challenges. We do what it takes to make their ideas matter.
Our work focuses on three key areas: education and outreach, watershed management, and stewardship.
Experience your watershed! Our programs engage and educate watershed community members where they live to ensure a positive and memorable experience. Our programs are offered for students, community groups, professionals, and the general public.
We lead the watershed management efforts for the Alberta portions of our watersheds. The goal is to work with watershed residents, stakeholders, and decision makers to support the health of our watersheds.
Through stewardship, the ecological, economic, social, and culture values of our watersheds are conserved and enhanced. We encourage, enable, and celebrate community members who take actions to make our watershed a better place for all life and the life of future generations.
Membership in the Battle River Watershed Alliance is inclusive, participatory, and active. Membership will be open to any individual and organization living or operating in the Battle River Watershed and/or whose interests are consistent with the Mission, Vision, Goals and Guiding Principles of the Alliance. Only one member can represent an organization, although the organization may appoint an alternate. There is no membership fee.
The BRWA is governed by a Board of Directors and has several working committees, including Executive, Communication and Education, and Watershed Management. There are five staff who work out of the Mirror Lake Community Centre in Camrose. Contact us if you would like to turn a love for the watershed into action.
To commemorate our 10th anniversary, the BRWA commissioned an emblem from artist Geordie Nelson. With this emblem, Geordie was able to capture some of the cultural, social, economic and environmental values of our watersheds. The emblem grounds every page of our website. It flows in a circular direction, representing the natural and seasonal cycles.