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Our Watershed. Our Responsibility.
 
February 2022 | Volume 8 | Issue 2
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New Project: Berland-Wildhay Watershed Connectivity Remediation Planning

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We've got a great event coming up this month! Tune in at noon on February 22nd to learn about the benthic invertebrates we found in the headwaters of the Athabasca Watershed. There will be presentations from Sarah MacDonald, our watershed science coordinator, and John Swann from ABI Environmental Services Ltd.
 
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Did you know that our Benthic Invertebrate sampling is part of a bigger project? The project is financially supported by Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta EcoTrust. Check out the project webpage below!
Project Webpage

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 outreach@awc-wpac.ca
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 some of our posts:
2021 in Review
Upper Athabasca Biomonitoring Trip
Peatlands: What is peat? Why does it matter?
Board Meeting and Water Availability in the Lower Athabasca River Basin
Upcoming Events
6:30pm (MST) February 3
The Producer's Guide to Protecting Water Quality:
The Lesser Slave Watershed Council's webinar will cover what it takes to protect water and water quality on your land and how protecting water quality can benefit your operations! Learn about riparian fencing and healthy riparian areas, livestock watering stations and real on-the-ground experiences! Hear from Sydney Fortier from the Beef and Cattle Research Council, producer Tom Thompson, the 2017 winner of Alberta Beef Producers' Environmental Stewardship award, and LSWC staff!
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Ice Fishing on the Athabasca River, photo from Travel Alberta
February 19 - 21, 2022
Family Fishing Weekend:
During Family Fishing Weekends, Albertans and visitors can try out fishing on waterbodies with open fishing seasons without having to purchase a sportfishing licence (however using a Special Harvest Licence still requires the purchase of a sportfishing licence). If you'd like to get out and do some fishing, familiarize yourself with Alberta's fishing regulations, which still apply. Learn more about what to know before you go below:
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7:00pm (MST) February 24
Riparian Web Portal Open House:

Learn how you can use the Riparian Web Portal to:

  • View new satellite-based riparian data through the interactive map
  • Get inspired by on-the-ground stewardship projects
  • Browse resources that will help you care for riparian areas that matter to you
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February 22 - 25, 2022
Parks and Protected Areas Research Network 2022 eSummit:
With Parks Canada and the Canadian Parks Council and guidance from Indigenous elders and colleagues, CPCIL is excited to host the second pan-Canadian Parks and Protected Areas Research eSummit from February 22 to 25, 2022 along with a complementary year-long webinar and dialogue series.
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Recent Job Postings
The following job postings have application deadlines in late February:
Conservation Science Intern (social science)
Conservation Science Intern (recreation ecology)
ABMI Summer Field Technolgists
Articles of Interest
A Dene Lens on Climate Literacy
Mark your happy place on the map
Boil water advisory for Fort McKay ends
Jasper getting $250,000 for replacing 170 water meters
Student discovers link between wildfire smoke and river water quality
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, outreach@awc-wpac.ca to organize a classroom presentation or access more resources.
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There are 11 Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) across the province, each tasked with advancing the province's Water for Life Strategy. Read about what the WPACs have accomplished in 2020-2021, in the current WPAC Compendium.
WPAC Compendium
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 our 10 sister WPACs who continue to inspire and motivate us to do better! Thank you for supporting the Athabasca Watershed Council.
 
This newsletter was edited by Ashley Johnson, Education and Outreach Coordinator
 
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To submit your stories, announcements, or events happening in and about the Athabasca Watershed, email us at outreach@awc-wpac.ca
 
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PO Box 1058
Athabasca, AB T9S 2A8
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