Our Watershed. Our Responsibility.
January 2022 | Volume 8 | Issue 1

New Project: Berland-Wildhay Watershed Connectivity Remediation Planning

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Did you know that we constantly add new resources to the Athabasca Watershed Council website? Check out the info-sheets we made for our mobile library exhibit!
Information Sheets

Monitoring and Research

The AWC has updated our monitoring and research page! We have posted links to up-to date research and monitoring efforts occurring across the watershed. If you have a resource you think we should add, please contact us at
Monitoring and Research

Athabasca River Outflow Blog

The AWC is re-vamping the website's blog to include more project updates and science issues.
Check out our most recent posts:
2021 in Review
Board Meeting and Water Availability in the Lower Athabasca River Basin
Beavers in Our Landscape: Workshop Recap

Riparian Video Series

Learn about riparian areas in this short video.
Learn about protecting riparian areas in this short video.
Learn about the types of wetlands in our watershed in this short video.
Learn about watershed friendly recreation in this short video.
Upcoming Events
National Water and Wastewater Conference:
The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association's National Water and Wastewater Conference webinar series will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from January 11 – February 3, 2022. Topics will be varied, allowing delegates to tune in to just the events they are interested in. 
Event Information
12:00pm (MST) January 20
Indigenous Partnerships in Aquatic Habitat Management and Restoration:
This event is hosted by Aquatic Habitat Canada, a national network supporting aquatic habitat protection and restoration. This event will have expert speakers from multiple sectors to present their knowledge on the topic, Indigenous Perspectives in Aquatic Habitat Management & Restoration, and illustrate examples of Indigenous involvement and relationship-building to ensure impactful outcomes in aquatic habitat management and restoration. Presentations will highlight Indigenous-led and co-led initiatives in aquatic habitat management and explore how Indigenous values are incorporated in aquatic habitat science. The webinar will also include an open panel discussion and a Q&A period.
Event Information
9:30am (MST) January 25
2022 Environmental Summit - Climate Change:
The Conservation Foundation (based out of Illinois) is hosting an Environmental Summit about climate change on January 25th. The talks will focus on building resilience and actionable steps for dealing with current and future climate-caused pressures.
7:00pm (MST) January 25
Attachment Scars of uncinate processes indicate an early origin of avian-like breathing mechanisms in dinosaurs:
Yan-yin Wang, a PhD candidate in the Sullivan Lab at the University of Alberta, will be giving a talk for Science Outreach Athabasca. How did dinosaurs breathe? Yan-yin's research may help to answer that question. He studies Archosauria, a group that originated in the Triassic (around 250 million years ago!), and whose modern representatives include birds and crocodilians. The ribs of archosaurs have a special feature, the uncinate process. This uncinate process has muscles that have been found to be associated with respiratory function in Canada geese and American alligators. The problem with looking at the uncinate process in dinosaurs, however, is that the uncinates are sometimes only made of cartilage, which doesn't often preserve well. Yan-yin has found that the uncinate processes leave a mark on the ribs, which means that even when the processes aren't preserved, they'll be able to tell if they were there! This has allowed Yan-yin to see that uncinate-assisted respiration may have been around since archosaurs first appeared!
7:00pm (MST) January 27
Being Good Stewards of the Land:
The Lesser Slave Watershed Council and the Land Stewardship Centre are partnering to bring you this webinar about land stewardship and best practices, the importance of riparian areas, and how humans impact the landscape.
Event Information
Articles of Interest
Climate change, invasive species found to drive native trout declines
Food companies use 70 per cent of world's water, are unprepared for global water crisis: report
Prairie Pothole Region
$14.7M going to fighting invasive species in mountain national parks
The Caring for our Watersheds contest is now Alberta-wide! This contest is open to students from grades 7 to 12. Submit a proposal for a project that will help your watershed for a chance to win up to $1000!

Check out the link below to learn more, or contact Ashley Johnson, to organize a classroom presentation or access more resources.
Learn More
The green communities guide is one designed for use by municipal planners, developers, community groups, and more. This resource highlights nature-based approaches communities are taking to managing development while considering our natural systems.  
Green Communities Guide
We want to hear from you!
In June 2021, we sent out a survey asking how we could improve our communications. We've created a short follow-up survey to make sure we've been providing the content that you want to see!
Survey Link
The next AWC board meeting will be held on February 9th.  
November 22nd Board Meeting Recap
February 9th Event Details
Be sure to check out our website for more information on the Athabasca River basin! If you enjoy the work we do, please consider supporting the AWC through making a donation. 
Our organization is accepting donations through the ATB Cares/Benevity portal. ATB Cares will match 15% of every dollar donated to Alberta-based, non-religious charities through this site (up to $5,000 of matching funds a year). 

Your support to the Athabasca Watershed Council will help us achieve our vision of a watershed that is ecologically healthy, socially responsible, and economically sustainable. If you would like to make a donation, visit our website using the link below. 
Athabasca Watershed Council Site
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We thank our members and partner organizations for their ongoing support. This month we would like to recognize the Canadian Wildlife Federation! Check out the work they do to help fish move around here.Thank you for supporting the Athabasca Watershed Council.
This newsletter was edited by Ashley Johnson, Education and Outreach Coordinator
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