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Over time, several key events have occurred in the Athabasca watershed and elsewhere that have contributed to today’s system of water and watershed management in this basin. Although by no means comprehensive, we list some of these events below. If you have an event or initiative you would like to see added, please contact us at science@awc-wpac.ca.

 

Date

Key Water Management Events in the Athabasca Watershed

1975-1976

Weirs are constructed on the Rivière des Rochers and the Réveillon Coupé, outflowing channels linking Lake Athabasca to the Peace/Slave system.  

1997

The Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Waters Master Agreement is signed and the Mackenzie River Basin Board is established.

2003

The Water for Life Strategy is released by the Government of Alberta.

2007

The Athabasca River Conference, organized by the Crooked Creek Conservancy, Athabasca University, and several other partners, is successful is raising awareness about water management in the Athabasca River.

2008

The Government of Alberta facilitates a Watershed Planning and Advisory Council Initiators Group to undertake planning for an Athabasca WPAC.

2009

The Athabasca Watershed Council is established and its first Board of Directors is elected.  

2012

The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan is approved by the Government of Alberta.  

2012

The Lower Athabasca surface water quality management framework is approved and a monitoring framework is established.

2015

The Alberta-NWT Mackenzie River Basin Bilateral Water Management Agreement is signed.

2015

The Lower Athabasca surface water quantity management framework is approved and implemented.

2021

The Lac La Biche Watershed Management Plan is approved by Lac La Biche County and its partners.

2021

Development of an Upper Athabasca Surface Water Quality Management Framework is announced by the Government of Alberta.

2022

The Athabasca Watershed Council approves and begins implementing the Athabasca Watershed Management Plan.