RDRWA - What's to Come in 2017

Happy New Year!

We had a banner year for the watershed in 2016, thanks to the strong support of our members, funders, friends, and followers. A special Thank You goes out to those that contributed to our Christmas Campaign this year. Now we are looking ahead! Here’s a sneak peek of some of the great activities we have in store for 2017:

  • We will be hosting a variety of fun and informative events throughout the year. Check out some of the upcoming events below and stay tuned as we announce more in the months to come.
  • Lake Day: Winter Water Woes - Saturday, January 28th at Gull Lake. Join us to learn about key winter lake issues from local and provincial experts.
  • 2017 Spring Forum - Friday, February 24th in Red Deer. This is a special session on “Re-imagining municipal water in the 21st century” and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Hans Schreier and other experts in the field of low impact development.
  • Through our education and outreach program, 2017 will also see us continue to work with local schools and with Olds College. We will be hosting an exciting event for schools called H2Opia on March 22nd (World Water Day) and spots are already filling up fast.
  • Splash: Celebrating Water for Canada’s 150th - April 22nd in Red Deer. This fun, family-friendly event will be held at Historic Fort Normandeau to celebrate the role of water in bringing our communities together. We have great community partners on board for this one, so be sure to hold the date in your calendar!

We will also continue to run Project Blue Thumb: Action on Water Quality Issues, a social innovation lab that has helped us build knowledge, networks, and capacity for working on complex water issues. Implementation of Blueprint: An Integrated Watershed Management Plan (Phase One, Water Quality) is also ongoing, and we will be sure to keep you in the loop about progress so far.

It is nearly impossible for me to fill you in on all the great things we have in store for 2017. Hikes in beautiful areas of the watershed, presentations in your local council chambers, catching pond critters with kids, and research and policy around key issues, and I could go on and on.

If you want to stay in the loop, be sure to subscribe to our e-Newsletter by becoming an RDRWA member (it's free!), follow us on Facebook (Red Deer River Watershed Alliance) and Twitter (@RDRWA), or give us a call at 403.340.7379 to get involved. We will be looking for volunteers for the Canada 150 event (Splash on April 22nd) so if that is of interest to you please let us know.

Submitted by Jeff Hanger - RDRWA Executive Director

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