Our Watershed. Our Responsibility.
October 2020 | Volume 6 | Issue 8

Welcome New Board Members!

The Athabasca Watershed Council would like to welcome our newly elected board member laura Pekkola! 

Laura has always had a love for water, reaching all the way back to her hometown on the shores of Lake Saimaa in Finland, where childhood summers were spent on the lake. She went on to formally study natural systems through a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph, a Master of Science in Forestry and Agriculture from the University of Eastern Finland, and a Master of Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick.

Laura moved to Alberta in 2015, and has enjoyed exploring the beautiful forests, mountains and river valleys of Alberta. Now, she gets to share her love and passion for caring for the environment with youth in Alberta in her role as Education Program Lead at Inside Education. 

Peace Athabasca Delta (PAD) Article

Wood Buffalo National Park has recently contributed an article for our website on the Peace Athabasca Delta, one of the world’s great freshwater marsh and pond ecosystems in North America. The article describes the interconnection of lakes and rivers to the Peace Athabasca Delta, as well as Wood Buffalo National Park's management of the marsh. 

You can view the full article by following the link below. Thank you to Kevin Gedling of Wood Buffalo National Park for this contribution to the Athabasca Watershed Council. 
Peace Athabasca Freshwater Delta

Athabasca Watershed Council Annual Report Release

Our annual report for 2019-2020 is now available to view on our website. The annual report includes our financial statements, a message from our staff and Board of Directors, as well as all the events the AWC has hosted in 2019.

Follow the link below to view the Athabasca Watershed Council annual report.
AWC Annual Report 2019-2020

TD FEF Grant Secured!

The Athabasca Watershed Council has successfully secured a grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, who work towards funding environmental projects across Canada. The grant we received will go towards funding the AWC Children's program, which is currently in development for the following year.

To learn more about our children's project, click here. 
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Inside Education Virtual Youth Summit

Our watershed planner Sarah Macdonald recently joined a virtual youth summit for junior and senior high school students in northern Alberta held by Inside Education on December 9th. She was joined by five other speakers and over 250 students. 

This summit focused on the program Alberta Boreal Careers Project, which aims to introduce students to the natural resource careers available to them in the boreal region of Alberta. Thank you to Inside Education for allowing us to participate in this event!
Inside Education Website

Water Futures Project Survey

The Alberta Water Futures project is holding a public survey to learn about different perspectives on water management in Alberta. 

The project is about figuring out potential challenges and opportunities facing water management in the future. It’s about scouting ahead so we can make decisions about what we might have to do so that water management can keep meeting the needs of Albertans.

For the survey and to learn more about the Alberta Water Futures project, click here. 

The survey will be open until January 15, 2021.

Wetland Policy Implementation
Review Project

The Wetland Policy Implementation Review project is capturing perspectives on implementation of the Alberta Wetland Policy and ways to measure performance of the policy’s outcomes to support the continuous improvement and public reporting on policy implementation.

For the survey and to learn more about the Wetland Policy Implementation Review project, click here.

The survey will be open until January 29, 2021.

2021 Calendar Photo Contest Winners

Photo credit: Carol Boyce

The winners for our 2021 Calendar Photo Contest have just been announced on our website! Thank you to everyone who participated, we will be emailing the winners shortly.
AWC 2021 Photo Contest Winners

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from everyone here at the Athabasca Watershed Council. The AWC office will be closed from December 21st to January 4th.

We hope everyone stays safe during these difficult times. See you in the new year! 
Be sure to check out our website for more information on the Athabasca River basin!
Athabasca Watershed Council Site
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We want to thank our members for their ongoing support and would like to recognize the Athabasca Hometown Printing Co. this month! Thank you for always supporting the AWC.
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