Our Watershed. Our Responsibility.
June 2021 | Volume 7 | Issue 6

IWMP Draft Feedback

The draft of the Athabasca River Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) is now available to view on our website. The work is nearly finished, but we need your help!

We are interested in hearing your thoughts and feedback regarding the IWMP. We are looking to hear your thoughts on the 8 goals included in the strategy: are they achievable? Are the strategies and actions implementable? Are there other partners we could work with to achieve shared goals?

Submit your feedback to by June 30, 2021. To learn more about the IWMP and see the finished draft, visit the link below. We look forward to hearing from you! 
Integrated Watershed Management Plan

AWC Summer Student Position 

We are seeking a motivated, outgoing summer student to join our team! This is a temporary position suited for returning undergraduate students that will start in July and end in October, depending on the successful candidate’s school schedule. Tasks include assisting with the riparian assessment and restoration project in the Pembina River Watershed and the Upper Athabasca Biomonitoring Project. 

Submit your cover letter and resume by 4:30 pm on June 24th to Sarah MacDonald, Watershed Science Coordinator at For more information about the position and how to apply, visit the link below. 
AWC Summer Student Position

AWC E-Newsletter Survey

The Athabasca Watershed Council newsletter has been ongoing for nearly ten years. As such, we are always looking for ways we can better communicate with our members and the general public. Is our newsletter effective? What type of water-related news would you like to hear from us? Fill out a short, 10 question survey below and share your thoughts! 

The survey will close on July 31, 2021. You can fill out the survey using the link below. We look forward to hearing from you!
AWC E-Newsletter Interest Survey

Environment & Parks Water Action Plan Announcement 

The Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon has recently made an announcement about a water action plan to ensure healthy, secure and sustainable water for our communities, the environment and the economy. An online survey has been posted to receive feedback on surface water quality management frameworks for the North Saskatchewan, Battle and Upper Athabasca rivers. The engagements will look to address pressures on water resources due to population growth and other development.

You can view this announcement on the Alberta Government website using the link below. To learn more about the Upper Athabasca Region Surface Water Quality Framework, visit the link below. 
Environment & Parks Water Action Plan Announcement
Upper Athabasca Water Quality Management Framework

Consensus Decision‑Making Toolkit

The Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) and the Alberta Water Council have a collaborative published toolkit on consensus decision‑making that aims to bring parties with diverse interests in agreement to work together to find solutions to challenging problems. 

The toolkit is targeted towards those who are considering convening a consensus decision‑making process and those who are already participating in a consensus decision‑making process. To view the full toolkit, visit the link below. 
Consenus Decision Making Toolkit PDF

Whooping Crane Crowdsourcing

Environment Canada, The International Crane Foundation, the Calgary Zoo, and Parks Canada have teamed up to try out the feasibility of crowdsourcing of Whooping Crane monitoring in Wood Buffalo National Park.

They're looking for volunteers from the public to quickly review over 100,000 small satellite images through an online crowdsourcing platform to identify possible nest locations. Results from crowdsourcing will be reviewed by biologists at CWS and Calgary Zoo in order to identify, manage, and conserve new breeding areas not previously identified and to refine methods to monitor and manage this endangered species.

If you would like to participate in this campaign, visit the link below to review these satellite images!
Whooping Crane Crowdsourcing
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. 
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