Photo by Van Christou - "Migrating White Swans" - Twin Butte, Alberta    
We are all  
on one another,  
every soul of us  
on earth.
                          - George Bernard Shaw

OWC welcomes Anna!Shannon


Anna Garleff is our new Communications Coordinator who will be working with OWC over the next 8 months to increase our profile in the community, train ambassadors to help us achieve our goals and increase the number of people participating in our programs.

Anna has lots of experience with communications, training and facilitating and we know she will be a huge asset to OWC!   
 VolunteerOWC Volunteer Opportunities


Home & Garden Show 2012 Come join our volunteer team for the Prairie Urban Garden booth at the Home & Garden Show on March 12 - 15!


Perks include a free pass to the show and free outreach training at a workshop to be held on Thursday, March 6. 
Tell us your availability during the show by registering at this link or contact Leta 403-381-5801,

Greetings from the new OWC Communications Coordinator!

I am thrilled to be part of the OWC team - they are all powerhouses in their own right - but together, their accomplishments are truly impressive.


One of the things I have been tasked with is putting together a "Communications and Outreach Team". This is my opportunity to invite you to get in touch with me and let me know what ideas you have for making our watershed even better.


I am looking for enthusiastic people of any age, experience or skill set - anyone who would like to increase the momentum behind OWC's activities.

Some important tasks for volunteers are:  

  •    Fundraising campaigns, ideas and activities
  •    Teaching both children and adults
  •    Helping with the booth at trade fairs and exhibitions
  •    Using art, poetry and song to celebrate our watershed
  •    Coordinating our photo and video library
  •    Creating and posting You Tube clips
  •    Shining up our online presence (let's hear from you, IT whizzes!)
  •    Your ideas?!

You can help out for a couple of hours or make a project your own.  

Please send me your contact details and I will give you a call as soon as my new office phone is installed!

I really look forward to meeting you.


Email me at:


Anna Garleff

OWC Communications Coordinator

$232 Raised for Watershed Legacy Program at Holding the Reins! Andrea

Denise Pezderic
Photo credit: Denise Pezderic 
A big shout out to everyone who participated in the raffle for the Watershed Legacy Program (WLP) at  Holding the Reins last Tuesday! Thank you for your support for this amazing program that, for example, helps landowners install a fence or off-stream watering site to keep cattle out of waterways to protect water quality. 

The photo at right, printed, framed and donated to the OWC by Denise Pezderic, 2 OWC photo contest calendars and 2 OWC mugs, handcrafted by Spirits of the Creek out of Crowsnest Pass were part of the amazing prize package that Neil Wilson (congratulations Neil!) won for the raffle that generated $232 for the WLP. Denise won the 2014 photo calendar contest with this lovely pic and with her winnings framed and donated the picture back to us to use for fundraising - now that's paying it forward! Thank you Denise and thank you to everyone who is involved in raising awareness about and improving the health of our watershed - whether by attending and participating in our events, volunteering or donating - being involved - together we make a difference and you are all so much appreciated.    

The Partnership Advisory Network (PAN) has selected these 4 actions out of the plan to work on over the next 2 years:


1.   Classify linear features (roads, trails, pipelines, etc.) according to their environmental
       impact and priority for restoration.

2.   Complete a fine-scale cumulative effects assessment of fish populations and habitat
       streams to determine what is causing a decline in native fish populations.

3.   Help implement the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers education and awareness program       that aims to prevent aquatic invasive species from entering Alberta.

4.   Explore recreation user fees to fund enforcement, education and stewardship projects.

In addition to these priority actions, PAN participants also saw awareness and education related to headwaters health as an important foundation during the first 2 years of implementation.

There is now a Headwaters Action Plan Steering Committee (HAP-SC) to guide implementation, evaluation and communication. There are 9 members (and confirmation pending for 2 additional members). 6 sectors are represented: Agriculture/land-owners; Recreation; Industry; Municipal Government; Provincial Government; Non-Government organizations.   They will create a Terms of Reference for their work; an implementation strategy for the priority actions; communication with the greater PAN group and the public; and monitor, evaluate and report on the implementation progress of the Headwaters Action Plan 2013-14.

Partnership Advisory Network members prioritizing actions - January 31, 2104 


Next Steps
  • The Headwaters Action Plan 2013-14 has been submitted to the Government of Alberta in February 2014 for their consideration and integration with the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan.  
  • The Headwaters Action Plan Steering Committee will meet in April-May 2014 to develop a step-by-step strategy to implement priority actions, with the expectation of measurable on-the-ground outcomes in the first year of action (April 2014-March 2015).

For more information please contact Connie Simmons, Planning Manager, Oldman Watershed Council at    

If you are aware of events and activities happening in and around your community that relates to our watershed, please send me an email so that we can include them in our monthly E-Newsletter.  It is emailed monthly around the 15th, please have your information to me one week before.  Bev
eventsbasinEvents and Activities in the Basin
  • Helen Schuler Nature Centre Grand Re-Opening! 
    Thursday, Feb 27 - Saturday, March 1 
    Music, face painting, magician and events for the entire family!  Click on the links below for details, come and join the celebration! 
  • Open Houses, Workshops and Information Sessions are being held across the province to provide input on the revision of the Municipal Government Act.  
    Click here for the consultation dates in your area. 
    Kids and Wind Power: The KidWind Challenge 
    Kids and Wind Power: The KidWind Challenge
  • Students - build a wind turbine and test it in a
    real wind tunnel!  Students in Grades 9-12 will build, test and explore wind turbines.  Participate or come to watch the 4th Canadian BMO KidWind Challenge on April 29 from 9 am to noon, in conjunction with Aggie Days at Exhibition Park.  
    For more info or to register, click here.   
    Watch the video clip to see what kids are saying about the KidWind Challenge.
 InputYour Input is Needed!

Last few weeks to submit your feedback on the SSRP!  Deadline for submission is February 28, 2014.

This plan is a comprehensive response to the important challenges we face in southern Alberta and we have heard from Albertans  they would like more time to study the draft and provide their feedback.  You may provide your feedback through our online workbook, available at 

All Albertans have a voice in the development of regional plans and the government is committed to hearing from as many people as possible. It is still our intent to release the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan in the spring of 2014.

Conf20132014 Conferences and Courses

Crown Managers Partnership Forum
"Climate Change Adaptation in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem"
March 17-19, 2014, Missoula, Montana (University of Missoula)
Click here for more information or to register.
CWRA Alberta Branch Annual Conference

2013 Alberta Floods: The Rains, Response, Recovery & Resiliency
March 23-25, 2014, Calgary, AB

Over 30 presenters will speak on topics including the science behind the disaster, flood management policies and practice, lessons learned, plans moving forward, and a variety of technical and practical applications.  For conference details, click here. Conference proceeds will be donated to Samaritan's Purse, a charitable organization actively involved in flood recovery in Alberta and around the world.


The CWRA is also offering two HEC-RAS Modeling Workshops, March 21st - 23rd, just before their conference in Calgary: a two-day session focussing on steady flow applications, and a one-day workshop on unsteady flow.  Participants may wish to take both workshops consecutively.  For more details and registration information, click here.  


Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy Workshop

March 26, Calgary (following the annual CWRA Alberta Conference) 

For more details and registration information for this workshop, visit this website


 Earth Matters Environmental Education Conference

April 24 - 26, 2014, Canmore 

A conference to help you develop your community of practice - and explore how the Earth Matters to you.  Featuring keynote speakers

Ziya Tong, Daily Planet co-host 

and Gordon Stenhouse, Grizzly bear expert


Join us this Spring in the Rocky Mountains!  We'll provide inspirational speakers, relevant workshops, and help you develop your community of practice as you explore how the Earth Matters to you. 



Questions?  Email or phone 403-831-8638


Land Use 2014

May 7 and 8, 2014 in Edmonton

hosted by Alberta Land Institute at the University of Alberta
Registration is now open - for more information click here.   


June 24 - 25 2014 - Save the date!
Alberta Water Council presents a symposium, "Re-fresh: The Confluence of Ideas and Opportunities on Water Reuse," at Hotel Arts, Calgary.  For details, please visit


Nominations and Funding OpportunitiesNominations

The Alberta Emerald Foundation has opened nominations for the 23rd annual Emerald Awards.  Nominations will be accepted until February 28.  Nominate yourself or someone you know for an award!  Nominations can be made in one of ten categories.  For details, visit


The Watershed Stewardship Grant Program is back!  This year Watershed Stewardship Groups can apply for up to $10,000!  And up to 100% of the total WSG funding received can be used to cover the cost of eligible capital purchases.  The application deadline is March 1st.  Click here for details.

JobPostingsJob Postings

Nature Conservancy of Canada job postings   

Cardston Posting:  Deadline Feb. 23, 2014   

Red Deer/Central Alberta Posting:  Deadline Feb. 23, 2014

Waterton Park Front Posting:  Deadline Feb. 23, 2014

Medicine Hat Posting:  Deadline Feb. 28, 2014

For more information on these and other postings, click here.  


Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society is looking for an individual or group to analyze seven years of Fish Creek water quality data and produce a high-quality report highlighting trends and recommendations.  This is a good opportunity for a post-graduate student or water quality professional.  Compensation possibilities include stipend, honorarium, sponsorship or other mutually beneficial arrangement.  Those interested in this project are asked to contact Katie Pearson
(403) 238-3841 or  Please see the attached poster for details.

Cows and Fish is currently looking to fill two or three positions to collect and interpret riparian health inventory data.  Riparian Resource Analyst (full-time, year-round) and Riparian Resource Technician (full-time, seasonal) positions are available.  The application deadline is February 21st.  Please see the attached job posting for details.


Farming Smarter, the largest regionally-focused producer organization in Canada, is seeking a Research Agronomist able to manage an array of projects and conduct field trials including seeding, spraying and harvest.  Application deadline is March 15th.  Please see the attached posting for details.


The City of Calgary's Water Resources/Resource Planning and Policy Team is seeking a Watershed Engineer responsible for the development of plans and projects that support the Water Utilities water management plans, including the water efficiency plan and Stormwater Management Policy. Closing date is February 26th.  Please see the attached job posting for details.

The Alberta Conservation Association's grant programs annually support a variety of small and large projects that benefit Alberta's wildlife and fish populations, as well as the habitat they depend on.  For details on their 2014-15 programs, please visit this site.