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Integrated Watershed Management Plan Progress
Announcements and AWC-WPAC | October 2018

Moving Forward!

On September 21, 2018, the Technical Committee met up with Petra Rowell, the consultant creating our Integrated Watershed Management Plan. The group went over the Terms of Reference for the project, which they moved to be accepted by the Board of Directors.

committee meeting participants
AWC-WPAC Technical Committee meeting in Athabasca, at the historic train station.

The TOR lays out the scope and content of the project as well as the roles and responsibilities of the committee and the Board. It also names the various sectors suggested for further engagement, including but not limited to:

  • Forestry
  • Oil and Gas / Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism and Recreation
Non-Governmental Organizations:
  • Health & Environment
  • Academia
  • Member at Large
  • Stewardship
Municipal and Indigenous Governments:
  • Municipalities/RMA, AUMA
  • First Nations
  • Métis
The Government of Alberta and Provincial Authorities:
  • Alberta Environment and Parks
  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
  • Alberta Energy / AB Energy Regulator
We are happy to say that the Board of Directors accepted the Terms of Reference for the project, so now we are able to move to the next step.
consultant discussing meeting with board member
Petra Rowell speaking to AWC-WPAC Board Chair, Brian Deheer.


What Does Success Look Like?

During the session, Petra also led the group through some visioning exercises. A particular issue affecting the successful management of the watershed was presented and ideas on solving the issue or answering the questions were requested. The group broke into teams and came up with their own suggestions on answers and solutions. It was a great way to get input from the committee, but also a way to see the engagement process first hand.

Petra then asked everyone what a “successful IWMP” would look like. Answers around the table were varied, but most agreed that having a plan that is relevant and useful in practical terms is very important.


Next Steps – First Draft

Now the project will move into the first draft stage, which will be followed by engagement with stakeholders. Stay tuned for announcements for engagement events.

If you have any questions on the IWMP or have input for the project please contact admin@awc-wpac.ca