The Athabasca Watershed Council (AWC-WPAC) is a registered not-for-profit organization formed in August 2009. We are a Council working with academia, industry, environmental and stewardship groups, various levels of government, communities, and citizens to provide timely credible information about the Athabasca Watershed. The AWC-WPAC actively promotes, fosters respect, and plans for an ecologically healthy watershed by demonstrating leadership and facilitating informed decision-making to ensure environmental, economic and social sustainability. This diverse stakeholder organization champions scientific reports on the State of the Watershed and outreach initiatives aimed at educating the communities and citizens from Jasper, Alberta to Fort Chipewyan, Alberta about our watershed.
The AWC-WPAC is a designated Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) working in partnership with the Government of Alberta towards achieving the goals of the Water for Life strategy, www.waterforlife.alberta.ca:
- Safe, secure drinking water
- Healthy aquatic ecosystems
- Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy
We are working towards achieving these goals through:
- Identification of environmental issues in the watershed (water, air, land, and biodiversity). This a process that involves compilation, analysis, and interpretation of scientific and technical information and their presentation in the form of a report, Athabasca State of the Watershed Report (SoW Report). To date, we have completed four phases.
- Development of a set of recommendations, suggesting solutions to the issues identified in the various phases of the SoW Report. Cognizant of adaptive management, emerging issues beyond the SoW Report will also be considered. This work will form the Athabasca Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP). The IWMP will be presented to all sectors, communities, and citizens who have interest and commitment to the ecological health and sustainability of the the Athabasca watershed, for their voluntary implementation of recommendations.
- Fostering watershed stewardship, providing education and awareness about water and watershed resources, and promoting Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs). In order to achieve these objectives we hold public participation events, participate in community events, partner with different sectors, groups and communities on collaborative projects; arrange tours to sites of successful BMPs implementation, and publish supporting information materials.
Our Board of Directors
The AWC-WPAC is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of up to 21 elected Directors. Directors are elected for a 2 year term at the Annual General Meeting. The sectors represented in the Board include Government, First Nations and Metis, Industry, Research or Academia, Stewardship, Health or Environment, and Members at Large.
The Athabasca watershed is ecologically healthy, diverse and dynamic.
The Athabasca Watershed Council promotes, fosters respect, and plans for an ecologically healthy watershed by demonstrating leadership and facilitating informed decision-making to ensure environmental, economic and social sustainability.