The OWC was incorporated as a society
on February 24, 2005. 
Congratulations on the first 10 years!


A BIG thank you to all the municipalities and irrigation districts who have donated to OWC so far this fiscal  year! Your support allows us to engage residents in actions that improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat and overall watershed health.
We could not do it without you!




Town of Cardston
MD of Pincher Creek No. 9
Town of Coalhurst
MD of Ranchland No. 66
Town of Fort Macleod
Village of Barnwell
Town of Nanton
Village of Cowley
Town of Pincher Creek
Village of Nobleford
Town of Stavely
Alberta Irrigation Projects Association
Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
Raymond Irrigation District
Lethbridge County
St. Mary River Irrigation District

Taber Irrigation District

Thanks to everyone who renewed their memberships!  If you haven't done it yet, click on the link below and register today.   


Renew Your 2015 Membership online today!

 Individual form

Organization form


Municipality form

Irrigation District form


The information marked with an asterisk is a requirement by Alberta Corporate Registry that we need to have on file.  For general information on OWC membership or to print a pdf copy to submit to us, click here


Why be a member of the OWC?

  • Receive discounts on OWC activities and events
  • Run as a member-at-large on the OWC Board of Directors
  • Vote for the members-at-large who will serve on the OWC Board
  • Be a part of the OWC community by choosing to be involved in a project or by volunteering.   
    Contact us if you're interested or want more information.   

There is no membership fee but voluntary donations make a big difference!

Click here to make a donation to the OWC or to set up a monthly donation through PayPal or; a charitable receipt will be issued. 


If you are unable to complete the renewal form online, please phone
Bev (403-381-5145) or by email  and I'll register you manually.


Your membership is important to us - thanks for renewing it. 

If you are not a member but would like to be, please register online or if you have questions, please call or email us.  

OWC AGM will be held on Tuesday, June 23
at the Readymade Community Association Hall. 
Mark it on your calendars!




The Oldman Watershed Council is partnering to bring Stewards in Motion to the Oldman basin! Brought to you by the Alberta Stewardship Network (ASN), with the support of Miistakis Institute and Environmental Law Centre, these interactive, regional events offer participants the opportunity to actively learn, share, and engage in collaborative dialogue across sectors.


Building on the success of last year's events, this year's theme is transforming collaboration to advance local stewardship efforts. Participants have the opportunity to not only actively learn, share, and engage in conversations across sectors, they were also introduced to a new tool that will help move stewardship efforts forward.

More info:


Register today!!

March 12 
Claresholm Community Centre, Main Hall

5920 - 8 Street W, Claresholm

Check out the 
Space is limited so 
register online today.


Who should attend?

Plan to be there if you represent local: 

 - Volunteer community stewardship groups

 - Municipal and provincial government (staff, elected officials)

 - Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC)

 - ENGOs

 - Industry


Travel and registration subsidies are available for volunteer community stewards. For more information call 1-877-727-5276 ext. 222 or email 


Anyone with teenagers who are interested in the environment,
do we ever have an opportunity for you!!

The Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) is offering an amazing opportunity for teachers or clubs leaders working with students in grades 7 to 12 - we are willing to  come to your classroom to present about our watershed as well as let students know about a really cool contest they could enter.

The Caring for our Watersheds Contest- North America
The Caring for our Watersheds Contest
- North America




Please contact OWC Program Coordinator, Leta Pezderic, to book a classroom presentation or to learn more about this amazing opportunity!!

Phone: 403-381-5801  



Ever wondered why someone would want to be an OWC board member?  We will introduce some of our board members each month in our E-Newsletter.  Here's their answers to the question:  

"Why do I value being an OWC Board Member?"

Doug Kaupp, Chairman
Sector Represented:  City of Lethbridge

 The Oldman River is the source of supply for 105,000 people in Lethbridge and the surrounding communities that get drinking water from the City of Lethbridge treatment plant.  The City does not have the jurisdiction or resources to directly control the potential risks to the water supply.  It is only through the multi-stakeholder engagement demonstrated by the Oldman Watershed Council that the vast geographical area and diverse public and commercial interests involved can effectively be addressed.

Anne Stevick, Treasurer
Sector Represented: Members-at-Large

I find the Board of Directors of OWC to be an interesting and diverse group, who take on interesting and diverse projects to help preserve and improve the Oldman Watershed.  Personally I find it very motivating and inspirational to see the projects that OWC completes; and to see the passion that the OWC employees exhibit in carrying out their jobs.  Professionally, I find the experience gained on the "Board" very useful in future committee involvement and work in conservation/agriculture.




Tuesday, March 3 - 7 - 8 pm

The Burgess Shale Tales and Trilobites - John Hancock Please join this video conference live in Medicine Hat, Taber, Brooks, Longview, Hanna, Magrath, Claresholm, Grande Prairie, Sheep River, Canmore, Rockyford libraries. Join John in person as the studio audience at Pincher Creek Library or contact a RISE Library near you.  For more information, click here.     




Action for Agriculture 25th Anniversary AGM and Celebration
and "Working Landscapes" Workshop

March 6 in Cochrane  

Click here for more information, click here for agenda.    



Royal Tyrrell Museum - They Never Left
Royal Tyrrell Museum - They Never Left

Speaker Series

The Royal Tyrrell Museum's annual Speaker Series brings world-renowned scientists and researchers to the Museum and offers them a platform to discuss hot topics in palaeontology or to share results of their current research with the public. 
Speaker Series presentations are available online! Royal Tyrrell Museum YouTube





Volunteer Opportunity - 2015 Home and Garden Show - March 11-14


Theme: Stormwater Awareness

 We are looking for people to help out at our Home and Garden booth this year.  Take a look at the attached Doodle link - you are more than welcome to sign up for multiple shifts. 

  • 2 people per shift
  • No training required-simple instructions will be available at the booth
  • Free passes to the Home and Garden Show
  • Booth location and where to pick up passes available closer to the date

 (By the's fun!)

If you need additional information, contact Karen Armstrong.  





No experience necessary, you can enjoy being a part of a growing team of volunteers. We provide a free Waterton 
Lakes National Park day pass for the days you volunteer.  Click here for more information.   

Check out the latest submissions to the OWC BLOG 

February 15 
(Things to do in the watershed in the winter)
(letter to Premier Prentice regarding proposed transmission lines)

Click here
to read more blogs.

The Land Stewardship Centre is excited to introduce their new online store!  This new store offers instant access to an assortment of Land Stewardship Centre resources, publications and merchandise.  As a non-profit organization, proceeds from the sale of its publications and merchandise go directly to support the continued development and delivery of Land Stewardship Centre programs and resources.

Taxpayer Group Questions Worth of $309-million Flood Mitigation Project
Calgary Herald, February 26
A taxpayer lobby group says the cost-benefit analysis of the Springbank Off-Stream Storage project fails to account for the amount and likely price of the land the province will need to purchase so it can construct the massive canal and dam west of the city to divert and hold excess waters during a disaster. read more

Oil and gas companies must report earthquakes near Fox Creek, new rules say

Edmonton Journal, February 19
New rules for oil companies using hydraulic fracturing in the Fox Creek area should prevent stronger earthquakes, the Alberta Energy Regulator announced Thursday.

After a cluster of earthquakes possibly associated with "fracking" in the region, the regulator decided to bring new regulations, said Todd Shipman, AER manager responsible for seismic monitoring.  read more  


Just released: New Introduction to Phosphorus Beneficial Management Practices Factsheet   


 2015 Conferences, Courses & WorkshopsConf2015

3rd Canadian German Conference on Energy and Water Efficiency on Industrial Applications
Tuesday, March 3 - Calgary  RSVP by today, February 27. 

Sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy the conference will be offered free of charge and will provide plenary sessions and extensive networking opportunities for Canadian and German organizations and companies to discuss potential business opportunities.  Click here for more information. 

BRBC Quarterly Forum - March 11, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
"Stormwater Management and Monitoring"
TransAlta auditorium, Calgary
Click here for more information.

Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact" Workshop
by Alberta Ecotrust and Partners - April 15 - 17, Calgary
Special rates available for teams registering three or more people. Register early as space is limited. 
Click here
for more details.

Alberta Council for Environmental Education's national conference on energy and environmental education,  "Earth Matters," will take place October 15 - 17 at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre in Canmore.  To learn more and to register please visit  

Cows and Fish Job Postings: 

Riparian Specialist (Central Alberta), Riparian Resource Analyst (full-time, based in Lethbridge)
Application Deadline:  March 5

Riparian Specialists Central Alberta Ad Expression of Interest (seasonal, field-oriented)  
Application Deadline extended to March 11 
OWC funding provided in part by: